Zeiss Otus 85mm f/1.4

Zeiss Otus 85mm f/1.4

Lens Summary

Brand: Zeiss

Also Known As: Zeiss Otus 85mm f/1.4

Lens Type: Prime Lens

Format: Full Frame / FX

Focus: Manual Focus

Lens Mount: Canon EF, Nikon F

Release Date: 2014-09-08

MSRP Price: $4490

Made in: Germany

Production Status: In Production

Lens Description: The second in Otus family, this classic 85mm lens aims to deliver best possible optical performance of any comparable DSLR lens and, together with the rest of Otus lenses, is pinnacle of Zeiss lens design. It comes with appropriate size, weight and price, however, and because of all those factors and manual focus is out of reach for most photographers.Apochromatic design ensures no colour aberrations should be visible, while a 261 degree travel of the focus ring is there to help with precise focusing.

Zeiss Otus 85mm f/1.4 Specifications

Lens Specifications
Lens TypePrime Lens
Focal Length85mm
Mount TypeCanon EF, Nikon F
FormatFull Frame / FX
Compatible Format(s)35mm Film / Full-Frame Digital Sensor
Compatible with TeleconvertersNo
Maximum Reproduction Ratio1:7.7
Image StabilizationNo
Aperture Information
Aperture RingYes
Maximim Aperturef/1.4
Minimum Aperturef/16
Maximum Angle of View (Full frame or larger format)28.24°
Optical Information
Lens Elements11
Lens Groups9
Diaphragm Blades9 (rounded)
Aspherical Elements4
Focus Information
FocusManual Focus
Built-in Focus MotorNo
Minimum Focus Distance0.80m
Distance InformationYes
Filter Information
Filter Size86mm
Accepts Filter TypeScrew-on
Physical Characteristics
Weather / Dust SealingNo
Mount MaterialMetal
Dimensions101 mm / 141 mm
Other Information
Available in ColorsBlack

Lens Construction

Zeiss Otus 85mm f1.4 APO Planar T Diagram

MTF Charts

Zeiss Otus 85mm f/1.4 MTF Close Focus

Zeiss Otus 85mm f/1.4 MTF Infinity


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Rowan Cox

I have Leica, Voigtlander, Canon L, Hasselblad, and other Zeiss lenses. The Otus 85mm is in a separate class from these. I have not been able to detect any chromatic aberration at all, regardless of the shot taken. The sharpness is extraordinary. Colour reproduction is what you expect from Zeiss. Bokeh is excellent.
There are points to be aware of when using this lens. I prefer to shoot with it only when the camera is mounted on a tripod. It’s resolution is so detailed that the tiniest shake can be detected in the photo. The depth of field is also narrower than any other lens I have used. It is so narrow wide open, that I can only adjust focus by using the camera’s LCD screen and 16x magnification. Focusing using the viewfinder is nigh on impossible.
This lens takes images that cannot be duplicated with another lens. This is a point to be aware of however. There are no artistic effects in the images this lens produces. It is a precise and clinical tool.

Lynn Allan

Thanks for the review.

1. Are there floating elements?

2. Does the lens have helicoid focusing?