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Carl Zeiss Otus 55 mm f/1.4 ZE/ZF.2

18 November 2013
Szymon Starczewski

10. Focusing


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The Zeiss Otus 1.4/55 is a completely manual lens. Fortunately the producer offers a very comfortable manual focus ring with a wide working range. Additionally, you have a depth of field scale from f/16 to f/2.0.

Carl Zeiss Otus 55 mm f/1.4 ZE/ZF.2 - Focusing


The combination of full frame, the 55mm focal length and f/1.4 aperture produces a shallow depth of field so you have to be an experienced manual lenses user to manage your shots without any problems. An appropriate focusing screen in the viewfinder would certainly come in hand; the focus peaking function would be useful as well if you were fortunate enough to attach the Otus to a camera body featuring it.