We’re told that Zeiss will announce the next in the Otus line, an 85mm f/1.4 for Photokina this September. We’re also told that it’s possible an Otus 35mm f/1.4 could also be announced, although that isn’t confirmed. If the 35 isn’t announced at Photokina, expect it some time in 2015.
What comes after those two lenses is unknown. Although we have heard that a pair of tilt-shift lenses are in the works, as well as an Otus zoom lens.
DXOMark has completed their review of the Sigma 50 f/1.4 DG HSM Art series lens and put it in direct competition with the Zeiss 55 f/1.4 Otus lens. The Sigma holds up very well. However, as expected, the Zeiss does look to be a better lens optically, as it should be at 4 times the price.
When compared to the Otus
“At f2 the Sigma is almost on a par with the Zeiss, only it can’t quite match the Zeiss in the corners – though the difference in real world terms is trivial. The new Sigma can boast of slightly better control of vignetting and, arguably, chromatic aberration at maximum aperture, though there’s some fringing evident in the extreme corners. The Zeiss has remarkable transmission but, at close to $4,000, nothing short of exceptional performance is expected.”
“As part of the company’s new Global Vision Sigma’s reimagining of their premium lenses is reaping dividends. The 50mm f1.4 DG HSM A is every bit as good as the earlier 35mm f1.4 model, in fact it’s slightly better in outright sharpness and uniformity. If there’s a downside it’s that lenses built with few compromises are generally large and heavy, but at least Sigma isn’t making you pay through your wallet. At $949, the new lens isn’t much more expensive than the firm’s high-speed 35mm, and is similarly competitive when compared to rival offerings from the big-brands.”
Read the full review | Preorder the Sigma 50 f/1.4 DG Art
Bryan over at The-Digital-Picture has completed his review of the famed Zeiss Otus 55mm f/1.4 Distagon T*. As you can image, and predictably, the lens is phenomenal and possibly the best 50mm (yes, it’s 55mm) lens ever made for an DSLR.
On a side note, I am looking forward to Sigma’s 50mm f/1.4 ART series lens. If the rumors are true, Sigma is gunning for the Zeiss Otus at a fraction of the cost.
“Fifty-something mm lenses are wildly popular and this field has long been crowded. But finding a truly remarkable wide aperture 50-something mm lens was arguably not possible – until now. Zeiss Otus 55mm f/1.4 Distagon T* Lens is indeed a lens worthy of hype. This is an impeccably well built lens with incredible image quality. Kudos to Zeiss for bringing us the Otus 55mm f/1.4 lens, the first in what promises to be a exceptional line of lenses.”
Zeiss Otus 55mm f/1.4 Distagon T* at B&H Photo | Read the full review
Roger at LensRentals.com has done some initial testing on the new $4000 Zeiss Otus 55 f/1.4 lens. When Zeiss announced the lens, they claimed it would be the best SLR lens ever made. By all accounts, it appears Zeiss has come through on that claim.
“I won’t try to say whether the Otus is worth $4,000 to you. But I can certainly say that Zeiss did what they said they had done: gave it exceptional performance even in the corners at widest aperture. From a resolution standpoint, it is, as Zeiss said it would be, “the absolute best SLR lens in the world today.”
Read the full article | Zeiss Otus 55 f/1.4 at B&H Photo