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Yesterday we published Dustin’s first review here at Canon Rumors for the EF 50mm f/1.8 STM from Canon, the $125 “budget” lens that performs well beyond what it costs. We figured it’d be fun to follow that review up with the polar opposite $4000 Zeiss 55mm f/1.4 Otus Distagon T*, the no compromises, super prime from Germany.
Do you get the best 50mm (Ok, 55mm) DSLR lens ever made for your $4000?
The Otus 55 represents the pinnacle of what is currently achievable in a wide aperture normal prime. It is a superlative instrument in every detail, and manages the rare feat of combining extraordinary resolution with beautifully artful drawing and rendering. I’ve reviewed ten modern 50mm lenses and an additional 6 or so legacy 50mm primes, and none of them compare to the standard set by the Zeiss Otus 1.4/55. It is unquestionably the best.