It's prime, it's sharp and it's named after an owl: the Zeiss Otus 1.4/55 promises to practically eliminate chromatic aberrations

With the new Otus 1.4/55, Zeiss is introducing the new Otus
family of lenses – so named for the Latin name of the ‘scops’ owl (‘Otus

The Otus 1.4/55 is designed to emulate the medium format
look. Zeiss is promising the highest contrast performance over the
entire image field, even at aperture f/1.4.

There’s a full breakdown of the lens over on Zeiss’s blog, where the promise is made that chromatic aberrations will be ‘almost completely absent’.

This, Zeiss says, will give the lens superior low-light performance, complementing similar advancements in modern DSLRs.

You can find out more about the Zeiss Otus 1.4/55 by heading to the Zeiss website, or see a selection of images taken with the new lens on Zeiss’s Flickr page.

Full technical specs below:

Focal length
55 mm

Aperture range
f/1.4 – f/16

Focusing range
0,5 m (19.68 ″) – ∞

Number of elements/groups

Angular field, diag./horiz./vert.
43,7° / 36,7° / 24,9°

Coverage at close range
246 x 163 mm (9.69 x 6.42″)

Filter thread
M77 x 0.75

Dimensions (with caps)

ZF.2: 141 mm (5.55 ″)
ZE: 144 mm (5.66″)

Diameter of focusing ring
ZF.2: 83 mm (3.27″)
ZE: 83 mm (3.27″)

ZF.2: 970 g (2.22 lbs)
ZE: 1030 g (2.43 lbs)

Camera mounts
F Mount (ZF.2)
EF Mount (ZE)