Zeiss Otus 85mm Planar F1.4 Full-Frame Lens (2014)

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Product Overview

Zeiss Otus 85mm F1.4 Planar is a flagship large-aperture manual-focus short telephoto prime lens for Canon EF-mount and Nikon F-mount. It covers the full-frame image circle. Introduced by Zeiss in 2014, it has 11 elements in 9 groups.
Manual focus may be limiting to some, but purists will find it much more engaging. There are also fewer things to go wrong on the long run. In the case of this Otus, we really find the best from the best.
A telephoto prime lens, the Zeiss Otus 85mm F1.4 is well suited for portrait photography, for which we really find the best image quality on the market today.

Ratings

What we found**

Neofiliac score 70% (not directly comparable across industries)
Pros
  • Bright maximum aperture
  • The finest built quality
  • Exceptional image quality
  • Gorgeous rendering
Cons
  • Large physical size with large diameter and long barrel
  • On the heavy side
  • Rubber focus ring not as nice as metal ones

What external reviewers found***

External score 87% (not directly comparable across industries)
Pros
  • Excellent build quality
  • Compact design
  • Sharpness, contrast, resistance against contra light, coma, loCA, coma
Cons
  • No manual focus
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Specifications

Construction

Aperture Blades
9 blades
Form Factor
Short Telephoto Prime Lens
Image Size
Full-Frame
Lens Barrel
Distance scale
Lens Mount
Canon EF-mount, Nikon F-mount
Optical Formula | Elements
11 elements
Optical Formula | Groups
9 groups

Dimensions

Filter Diameter
86 mm / 3.39 in
Size | Diameter
101 mm / 3.98 in
Size | Length
138 mm / 5.43 in
Weight
1140 g / 40.28 oz

Function

Angle Of View
28.6° Diagonal | 23.9° Horizontal | 16.1° Vertical
Aperture
f/1.4 ~ f/16
Autofocus
Yes
Focal Length
85 mm
Focus Type
Internal
Image Stabilization
No

Performance

Min Focus Distance
800 mm / 31.50 in

Production

Accessory
Lens hood included
Debut
2014-09-08

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External Reviews

cameralabs[1]

Reviewer score 87%
Reviewers from cameralabs have found the following***:
The Zeiss Otus 85mm f1.4 is one of the most accommodating lenses for the intricacies of manual focus. It has nine rounded aperture blades and the aperture ring has half-stop clicks up to f11. The lens is built like a tank with a fully metal outer barrel, metal innards, and a metal lens hood that fits seamlessly at the lens-front.
Find the original article here.
Pros
  • Sharpness, contrast, resistance against contra light, coma, loCA, coma
  • Excellent build quality
  • Compact design
Cons
  • No manual focus

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  1. ^ Zeiss Otus 85mm f1.4 review. [cameralabs]. https://www.cameralabs.com/zeiss_otus_1-4_85/. Retrieved 2022-01-22.

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