It’s not often that a humble – ahum – journalist like myself gets to enjoy the top gear. Yet, it’s like I’ve been driving a Ferrari for the past few weeks with the photographic equivalent – the Zeiss Otus 55m f/1.4 in Canon mount – sitting in my camera bag or lying around on my desk. Oh, and mounted on a camera.
The Otus is in an interesting position in the world of gear. It’s not a Leica. It’s not part of a medium format setup, where stratospheric prices and top quality are almost a given. It’s not a specialty lens, such as a 500mm tele at the price of a small – a very small – car. No, it’s a luxury version of a household normal lens for a pretty pedestrian series of cameras. Good cameras, but not rarified in any way. Just the Canon and Nikon workhorses that get sold by the tens of thousands to people like you and me.
It’s also a sign of things to come.