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The best short tele lens in the world

Otus 1.4/85

An absolute highlight for those who appreciate the finer details - in a lens that also offers you all the creative freedoms you could possibly desire. With the Otus 1.4/85, you can look forward to sublime performance in almost every possible photographic situation.

Otus 1.4/85

The best short tele lens in the world

Otus 1.4/85

The best short tele lens in the world

Otus 1.4/85

The best short tele lens in the world

Otus 1.4/85

The best short tele lens in the world

Otus 1.4/85

The best short tele lens in the world

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    ZEISS Otus 1.4/85

    The best short tele lens in the world

    The Otus® 1.4/85 is a superlative lens in every respect – just like every other focal length in the unique ZEISS Otus family. A lens designed and constructed with the comprehensive expertise and vast experience of ZEISS.

    Features in portraits and finest details in textures are not the only things reproduced in perfect quality by the Otus 1.4/85. Its extremely large initial aperture is simply ideal for isolating subjects from their backgrounds. At the same time, the Otus 1.4/85 is far more than a portrait lens. Take advantage of its high speed for available light photography, its moderate angle of view for landscapes or its close focusing distance for reproductions.

    The optical correction of the Otus 1.4/85 completely eliminates almost all possible forms of aberration – and makes every picture you take as exciting as the first, even after thousands of exposures.

    Technical specifications:

    Focal length 85 mm
    Aperture range f/1.4 – f/16
    Focusing range 0,8 m (31.50’’) - ∞
    Number of elements/groups 11 / 9
    Angular field, diag./horiz./vert. 28.24° / 23.71° / 15.97°
    Coverage at close range 278,85 mm x 185,61 mm (10.97‘‘ x 7.31‘‘)
    Filter thread M86 x 1.00
    Dimensions (with caps) ZF.2: 138 mm (5.43‘‘)
    ZE: 141 mm (5.55‘‘)
    Diameter of focusing ring ZF.2: 101 mm (3.98‘‘)
    ZE: 101 mm (3.98‘‘)
    Weight ZF.2: 1140g
    ZE: 1200g
    Camera mounts F Mount (ZF.2)
    EF Mount (ZE)

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    Otus 1.4/85

    Design

    Otus 1.4/85

    The famous symmetric lens design invented by Dr. Paul Rudolph at ZEISS in 1896. The Planar lens is the most successful camera lens design – and, by the way, the most plagiarized – ever created. It provides the lens designer with numerous means to correct aberrations extraordinarily well. And its performance is very constant over a wide range of imaging ratios, enabling such a versatile lens variety as the Makro-Planar lens.

    Apo Planar with 11 lens elements in 9 groups
    Lens with aspheric surface
    Lens made of special glass with anomalous partial dispersion
    "Floating Elements" design

    Features

    Otus 1.4/85

    Apochromat

    Because this lens is an apochromat, chromatic aberrations (axial chromatic aberations) are corrected with elements of special glass with anomalous partial dispersion. The chromatic aberrations are therefore significantly below the defined limits. Bright-dark transitions in the image, and especially highlights, are reproduced almost completely free of color artifacts.

    The ultimate in image contrast

    Aberrations caused by extreme differences between shadows and highlights are particularly obvious in images captured at night. Thanks to the outstanding correction of lateral chromatic aberration, the floodlit facade is reproduced with absolute perfection.

    No colour fringing

    Sources of light located in front of or behind the plane of focus present particular challenges to every lens. In the case of the ZEISS Otus, longitudinal chromatic aberration is so low that practically no colour fringing occurs.

    The medium format look

    Thanks to its exceptional sharpness, the ZEISS Otus exploits the full potentials of contemporary high-resolution sensors and rewards photographers with images characterised by breathtaking rendition of even the finest details.

    Aspherical design

    The aspherical lens design ensures consistent imaging performance throughout the entire focusing range as well as sharpness to the periphery of the image. The asphere's more complex surface profile can reduce or eliminate spherical aberration and also reduce other optical aberrations compared to a simple lens.

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    Otus 1.4/85

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    Blog Articles

    Otus 1.4/85

    News | 2015-08-25 09:25:50 |

    Manual focus – why I love it!

    You know that feeling? You’re hungry, so you go into one of those infamous system catering restaurants such as Burger-Donalds, Sub-piano, or Dunkin Fried Chicken and stare in awe and anticipation at the talented masters of culinary delights, who conjure gourmet food full of passion and inspiration. ...

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    Thousands of fans, four high-performance lenses
    Shows | 2014-10-02 16:46:37 |

    Thousands of fans, four high-performance lenses

    Every two years Cologne hosts photokina, the world’s most important imaging trade fair. And from September 16 to 21, 2014, around 185,000 film and photography fans, from 160 countries, attended this year’s event by the Rhine. Many of them headed straight to ZEISS in hall 2.2, stand C-018, where ...

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    A lens for life
    News | 2014-09-23 16:58:03 |

    A lens for life

    Drew Gardner is a people photographer in heart and soul. When he was offered a prototype of the ZEISS Otus 1.4/85 he jumped at the chance. Wanting to know what the new lens was capable of, he tested it under normal everyday conditions – and really liked the results.“The ...

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    Almost too good
    News | 2014-09-15 15:00:39 |

    Almost too good

    The impact of an image is an absolute priority for Bernd Vogel, an experienced people and stock photographer. Lens and camera are the means to an end. And when asked if he wanted to test a prototype of the new ZEISS Otus 1.4/85, Vogel saw it as an opportunity to use this optical precision tool to ...

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    A lens class of its own
    News | 2014-09-09 15:42:27 |

    A lens class of its own

    Even after 20 years of digital photography, the reputation of medium format cameras as being technically superior equipment for professionals persists. But now the time is ripe for a new level of excellence in full-frame photography. With the ...

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    Reviews & Awards

    Otus 1.4/85

    Reviews

    diglloyd.com
    "The Otus 85/1.4 APO-Planar delivers the most transparently beautiful imagery I have ever seen on a DSLR. Well, it does so in every case, not just portraits."
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    3d-kraft.com
    "Already the Otus 1.4/55 did not show any compromise but the 1.4/85 ups the ante in every aspect. It delivers very high resolution and contrast right from open aperture."
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    mattgranger.com
    "Let me get straight to the point, the 55mm Otus was the best lens I have ever tested in terms of overall image quality - and the 85mm Otus is even better."
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    lensvid.com
    "The Otus 85mm is an amazing lens. Both in terms of build quality and design and in terms of its phenomenal image quality."
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    blog.mingthein.com
    "I have never personally seen any other brand with this level of consistency....I honestly feel that the lens still has more to give – but we don’t have the sensors for it yet."
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    newsshooter.com
    "I recently had the opportunity to try out the beautiful Zeiss Otus lenses. There are currently only two lenses in the range..."
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    Awards

    CyberPhoto Guld Award

    ColorFoto Award - Canon 7D

    Kamera & Bild Toppklass

    ColorFoto Award - Canon 7D

    Profi Foto Award

    lenstip.com editor's choice

    ColorFoto Award - Canon 7D

    FOTOHITS Award

    ColorFoto Award - Canon 7D

    Bokeh Masters Award

    Pop Award 2014

    ColorFoto Award - Canon 7D

    Pictures Magazin Award

     

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