Review: Zeiss Otus 1.4/55 & Nikon 58mm 1.4G Test Shoot sample images

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1). Zeiss Otus 

Zeiss Otus is a new generation of Zeiss lens, targeting on delivering the best optical performance Zeiss can produce, featuring design with no compromise in performance.  It will match further higher Mega Pixel 35mm frame digital sensor coming in future. It is not yet available in store.  The pre-order price is about $4000.

During 2013 PDN Photo Plus Expo,  I had an opportunity to try it on D800. Below are the test shots. Click images to view original size. All shots were taken at f/1.4

Check out the details of sweater on left edge. Also look at highlight reflection on glass at lower left, no color fringe.

Tried to focus on her eyes, while she was talking and moving.

Look at foreground and background blur

Optical performance:

The performance of the lens, in terms of resolution and contrast across the frame is truly beautiful and stunning.

Manual focusing:

The manual focusing was very smooth.  With large throw, it was easy to fine tune focus.

When do manual focusing, the digital “in focus” indicator should be in the same spot as the focusing point you choose. So your eye can view them simultaneously.  But it is not with current digital camera.  The in-focus indicator is at the bottom of the view finder.  You cannot view both simultaneously. It was not an enjoyable experience to me.


Asked Zeiss representatives about lens seal, and I was told no new design on seal for this lens against moisture and dust.  It is Zeiss traditional standard seal. Don’t know whether Zeiss standard seal is sufficient for today’s DSLR or not.

2). Nikkor 58mm f/1.4G

I also had a chance to test shoot Nikon’s new generation lens Nikkor 58mm f/1.4G claiming featuring Unique Design & delivering outstanding Sharpness and natural blur. It is also not yet available in store.  The pre-order price is about $1700. I did test shoot, but I was not allowed to put photos into my own memory card, because the lens was only a prototype, not the final product for the market. So I can only view images from the back screen.  Based on technical data (MTF curve), the contrast won’t match Zeiss Otus.  But the resolution at f/1.4 on camera back screen was also quite amazing.  It is probably a Nikon Gtus.