As there is so much interest in this lens here are 2 more images taken at the same time as previous one. The first image shows the original photo whole and straight out the camera as a normal jpeg only resized to fit on this page. The second and third show crops from the first image with no editing or resizing just a straight crop from the jpeg. The last shot (edge crop from approx. 10% of the image) shows how limited the depth of field is and the transition from sharp to out of focus (both shots taken at f1.4).
Two shots taken within a couple of minutes of each other on the same camera and 24mm lens.
Managed to get my hands on the Otus 55mm lens for half an hours testing. Findings...
I agree with all the reports on sharpness, distortion and chromatic aberrations. The lens is superb from wide open to around f11 there is edge to edge sharpness. So optically it's as good as it gets. Handling again is superb much better than expected, no weight or size issues as feared. The only down side I could find was achieving accurate focusing especially when the lens is wide open but thats down to the operator and camera rather than the lens. The photo above is left to right whole image centre crop and edge crop taken at f1.4 at 1/8000 sec. Normal jpeg from camera. I understand that demand has far exceeded what was anticipated so production of the Otus has been stepped up. The 85mm Otus is coming soon. With increased manufacturing volume maybe the price will drop a little?
UK Based photographer, specialising in gardens, nature and landscapes.