ZEISS Otus 85mm f/1.4 Apo Planar T* ZE Lens for Canon EF Mount

ZEISS Otus 85mm f/1.4 Apo Planar T* ZE Lens for Canon EF Mount

ZEISS Otus 85mm f/1.4 Apo Planar T* ZE Lens for Canon EF Mount

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Product Highlights

  • EF Mount Lens/Full-Frame Format
  • Aperture Range: f/1.4 to f/16
  • One Aspherical Element
  • Six Anomalous Partial Dispersion Elements
  • Apochromatic, Planar Optical Design
  • Floating Element System
  • ZEISS T* Anti-Reflective Coating
  • Internal Focus; Manual Focus Design
  • All-Metal Barrel, Yellow Scale Markings
  • Rounded Nine-Blade Diaphragm
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ZEISS 85mm f/1.4 overview

  • 1Description

A portrait-length lens with no optical compromises, the Canon EF-mount ZEISS Otus 85mm f/1.4 Apo Planar T* ZE Lens resembles its namesake and seeks to deliver notable performance in any situation. Based on the Planar design, this apochromat incorporates one aspherical element and six elements made from anomalous partial dispersion glass in order to effectively suppress chromatic and spherical aberrations throughout the focus and aperture ranges. Additionally, a floating element design is also employed and a ZEISS T* anti-reflective coating has been applied to individual lens elements for consistent sharpness and image clarity. As a high-precision tool, the Otus 85mm f/1.4 also features a refined physical construction to endure use in trying conditions.

The longer-than-normal focal length pairs well with the fast f/1.4 maximum aperture to enable precise control over focus position for shallow depth of field applications. Accentuating the range of control, this manual focus lens is complemented by haptic design elements, including a long rotational focus throw, rubberized focus ring, and an all-metal lens barrel with high-visibility yellow scale markings. This ZE-series lens is dedicated to Canon EF-mount cameras, and features an electronic interface to support camera-based adjustment over exposure settings.

Prime portrait-length lens is designed for Canon EF-mount full-frame-format DSLRs and 35mm film cameras. It is also compatible with APS-C format DSLRs, where it will provide a 35mm-equivalent focal length of 136mm.
Fast f/1.4 maximum aperture benefits working in difficult lighting conditions and also enables extensive control over focus placement for shallow depth of field and selective focus applications.
One aspherical element and six elements made from anomalous partial dispersion glass help to suppress chromatic aberrations for greater clarity and color accuracy around subject edges, regardless of the aperture setting in use.
Based on the Planar optical concept, this apochromatic lens virtually eliminates both chromatic and spherical aberrations in order to reduce color fringing and color artifacts in front of and behind the plane of focus.
A floating element design places variable air gaps between select lens groups to realize consistent performance throughout the focusing range, from 2.6' to infinity.
ZEISS T* anti-reflective coatings have been applied to each lens surface to help minimize reflections in order to provide greater image clarity, contrast and color fidelity.
Manual focus design is accentuated by a rubberized focusing ring, 261° focus ring rotational angle, an inset dial window, and bright, high-visibility yellow depth of field and distance scale markings.
An internal focusing mechanism maintains the overall lens length and, benefitting the use of circular polarizers and graduated neutral density filters, the front filter thread does not rotate during use.
Rounded nine-blade diaphragm contributes to a pleasing out-of-focus quality.
The sophisticated optical system is housed within an all-metal lens barrel, which is built with the narrowest of design tolerances for refined precision and durability.
This ZE-series lens supports Canon DSLRs' electronic interface for camera-based control over exposure settings and in-camera focus confirmation.
In the Box
ZEISS Otus 85mm f/1.4 Apo Planar T* ZE Lens for Canon EF Mount
  • Front and Rear Lens Caps
  • Lens Hood
  • Limited 2-Year Warranty
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    • 1Description

    ZEISS 85mm f/1.4 specs

    Focal Length 85mm
    Aperture Maximum: f/1.4
    Minimum: f/16
    Camera Mount Type Canon EF
    Format Compatibility 35mm Film / Full-Frame Digital Sensor
    Canon (APS-C)
    Angle of View 28.24°
    Minimum Focus Distance 2.62' / 80 cm
    Maximum Reproduction Ratio 1:7.7
    Optical Design 11 Elements in 9 Groups
    Diaphragm Blades 9, Rounded
    Autofocus No
    Filter Thread Front: 86 mm
    Dimensions (DxL) 3.98 x 4.88" / 101 x 124 mm
    Weight 2.65 lb / 1.2 kg
    Packaging Info
    Package Weight 4.95 lb
    Box Dimensions (LxWxH) 11.417 x 6.85 x 5.669"

    ZEISS 85mm f/1.4 reviews

    Otus 85mm f/1.4 Apo Planar T* ZE Lens for Canon EF Mount is rated 4.6 out of 5 by 9.
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from An Astonishing Lens Yes, it has incredible resolution and contrast. You can find specs on this and reviews elsewhere. However, having used the lens for three months now, the most significant feature of the lens which puts it head and shoulders above other fine lenses is its astonishing lack of flare. You can shoot a dark subject in the foreground with a very bright background and lens flare will not overwhelm the picture as it typically does. In fact, you won't notice any flare at all! Pictures taken with this lens have a certain look that makes such pictures jump out at you. Also, it is as sharp at f1.4 as at any other aperture. Thus, there is no need to stop down to obtain maximal sharpness. The only reason for stopping down is to control depth of field. Finally, though it is manual focus I have found I can focus at f1.4 very consistently by use of the Canon's focus confirmation feature. I have it set to the center point only and recompose after focusing. I admit I am very used to manual focusing having worked that way for almost all my pictures for the past 45 years. Admittedly the lens is very heavy. It feels about twice as heavy as the Canon f1.2 85 which I've owned for some 30 years. However, it actually weighs only 7 ounces more. I am now used to its heft and carry it around all day without any issues. Having said all this, it is not a lens for the beginner. I recommend it only to experienced photographers who are not afraid of manual focus and who can appreciate the enormous benefit's of flare resistance.
    Date published: 2015-03-06
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from SHARP! I purchased the Zeiss 85 Otus after great disappointment with Canon's EF 85mm f/1.2. The autofocus reliability and edge sharpness on Canon's lens was mediocre at best. I decided to get the best on the market and I am NOT DISSAPOINTED! I rarely took Canon's 85mm below f2.0 for sharpness reasons. The Zeiss Otus BLOWS canon's sharpness out of the water, even at f/1.4! I was a little worried about the full time manual AF, but got used to it quickly. The long throw focus ring makes it easy to dial in critical focus. Build quality and weight is great, and reminds me of Sigma's 50mm DG Art Lens. Zeiss does NOT have a cover of any kind over the zoom distance dial which makes me a little nervous about internal contaminants. Nothing noticed so far, and I assume Zeiss thought this through and that dust entering this cannot make it into the internal elements? We will see We routinely print VERY large photos for our clients, when doing so they are typically not in the center of the image, rather small and toward the edge of the frame where sharpness plays a huge factor. With this lens I will be able to take these large, artistic prints to the next level as edge sharpness is absolutely wonderful. Zeiss was only willing to compromise in one area on this lens, and that is with vignetting. This is not a concern for me as Adobe Camera RAW and Adobe Lightroom 6 already has a lens profile for the Zeiss Otus making it of no concern. IF YOU WANT THE BEST, THIS IS IT!
    Date published: 2015-06-02
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Makes you a better photographer I bought a used version of this lens in used, but mint, condition. It is a "big chunk of glass" as my adult son pointed out. This lens allows you to shoot subjects that you wouldn't normally shoot. It turns the mundane into exciting! When I edit images from this beast and zoom in, it's like I found a new photo! I use it with a Canon 5DS r, on a tripod, at ISO 50. I'll capture several frames of the same subject but refocus each time, to hopefully get the focus correct. I've also just started exploring focus stacking and this lens is perfect for that. I come from the 4x5 world and this lens compares optically to my Schneider Kreuznach lenses. I just wish that I could tilt the Otus!
    Date published: 2018-08-28
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from excellent I bought this for portrait, landscape, and architecture photos. It is very expensive, but every reviewer says that. It is fun to use...I'm a novice at manual shooting, but with my Nikon 810, it's a breeze. I took a few pictures in Chicago this weekend...and it was sharp and accurate. I agree with folks who say, don't use this if you don't have a second to focus(e.g.wedding shots). But I love this lens. I think it will be one of my prime lenses in the coming years.
    Date published: 2015-03-23
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Stellar I've reviewed the Otus 55 and the 85mm is that same quality with a tighter field of view. But because the focal length is longer the out of focus rendering and 3-D pop is extraordinary. This is one of the highest quality pieces of glass ever manufactured. Solid and clean in every way and in every detail. Is it flary, vintage and milky - NO - it is clean, sharp, contrasty and distortion-free. It is an excellent choice for video and stills. I highly recommend it.
    Date published: 2018-06-30
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Takes my breath away every time! I'm primarily a portrait person and I own an assorted number of Canon lenses. For portrait use, I primarily use the Canon 85 f1.2, 24-70 f2.8ii, 70-200mm f2.8 IS ii and others. I also have exotic varieties like this Otus 85, and Otus 55 and the Canon 200mm f2. The Otus 55 is EXCELLENT for location portrait work where one wants to incorporate more of the environment into the composition. The Canon 200mm f2 creates beautiful bokeh and subject isolation (however it's rather heavy to wield). I rank the Otus 85 to the king of them all. What they say about the Zeiss Otus pop is definitely true. I only see this kind of pop in my Otus 55 and 85, and it's not even there in the 200mm f2. Perhaps my photo editing skills are lacking, but I don't see how I can easily manipulate my non-Otus photos to have that Zeiss pop. The obvious challenge of using this lens is manual focus. Unfortunately, I do find my Canon 5DS to be quite difficult to use in this department. The focus dot on the bottom of the viewfinder is often inaccurate, especially when you shoot at f1.4 (who buys an Otus an not shoot at f1.4?). I've recently found that using the Sony A7riii with the Metabones V adapter with this Otus 85 to be the dream combo. The EVF on the Sony really, really, really makes manual focus much easier on this lens!
    Date published: 2018-02-10
    Rated 1 out of 5 by from Otus Photographers from Brazil and the world, I want to share my experience with the technical assistance for Zeiss lenses, my Otus 85mm f / 1.4 ZF2 (with less than 50 clicks) stopped working (factory default, recurring, just search the net) and Zeiss recommends that I send the concert lens in the USA (8 thousand kilometers away from my house) so, I think I'll be at a loss, I recommend that before investing your money in Carl Zeiss equipment, think twice, when your lens present problems, you will have no manufacturer support!
    Date published: 2018-04-02
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Excellent Excellent lens. Flawless as advertised.
    Date published: 2016-04-03
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