ZEISS Otus 85mm f/1.4 Apo Planar T* ZF.2 Lens for Nikon F Mount

ZEISS Otus 85mm f/1.4 Apo Planar T* ZF.2 Lens for Nikon F Mount

ZEISS Otus 85mm f/1.4 Apo Planar T* ZF.2 Lens for Nikon F Mount

B&H # ZE8514OZF2N MFR # 2040-293
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Product Highlights

  • F Mount Lens/FX 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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  • 1Description

A portrait-length lens with no optical compromises, the Nikon F-mount ZEISS Otus 85mm f/1.4 Apo Planar T* ZF.2 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 ZF.2-series lens is dedicated to Nikon F-mount cameras, and features an electronic interface to support camera-based adjustment over exposure settings.

Prime portrait-length lens designed for Nikon F-mount FX-format DSLRs and 35mm film cameras. It is also compatible with DX-format DSLRs, where it will provide a 35mm-equivalent focal length of 127.5mm.
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.
Aperture control ring features a locking position at the smallest aperture (f/16) to permit camera-based control over aperture values.
This ZF.2-series lens supports Nikon 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* ZF.2 Lens for Nikon F Mount
  • Front and Rear Lens Caps
  • Lens Hood
  • Limited 2-Year Warranty
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    ZEISS 85mm f/1.4 specs

    Performance
    Focal Length 85mm
    Aperture Maximum: f/1.4
    Minimum: f/16
    Camera Mount Type Nikon F
    Format Compatibility Nikon FX/35mm Film
    Nikon DX
    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
    Features
    Autofocus No
    Physical
    Filter Thread Front: 86 mm
    Dimensions (DxL) Approx. 3.98 x 4.80" / 101 x 122 mm
    Weight 2.51 lb / 1.14 kg
    Packaging Info
    Package Weight 4.85 lb
    Box Dimensions (LxWxH) 11.417 x 6.929 x 5.669"

    ZEISS 85mm f/1.4 reviews

    Otus 85mm f/1.4 Apo Planar T* ZF.2 Lens for Nikon F Mount is rated 4.9 out of 5 by 7.
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Superlative Was lucky to enough to nab one while B&H had it in stock in November. Upon opening the box, it shocked me that the 85mm is much bigger (fatter) than the 55mm Otus, and almost dwarfs the naked D800e as a body/lense combo. The output, as expected and heavily publicized, is amazing. It has almost a 3D pop to the portraits. Focusing wasn't much of an issue with a short telephoto, but I highly recommend the Nikon DK-17M for the replacement eyepiece. Also recommend to get the zeiss 86mm uv filter (when available) because I had to settle for the sigma 86mm, and for some reason the hood cannot be removed when the sigma filter is on (due to the minute outer diameter size difference). This lense is definitely a keeper for life. Can't wait for the 50MP+ sensors to come out in the next iteration to make full use of this lense.
    Date published: 2014-11-24
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from The best portrait lens ever I love this lens very much. Color is beautiful and very sharp . I hate Manual focus but this lens makes me thinking.
    Date published: 2016-03-10
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great Lens - But Heavy I rented this lens and used it for a week. No question that it is as sharp as everyone says and it has great micro-contrast and color rendition that makes your images pop. The downside to this lens is that it is very heavy. So heavy that when using it indoors with my Nikon D800e, it was not great for natural light. Given the resolution of the D800e any movement of the lens at all clearly shows up. Put it on a tripod and no lens that I have ever had was sharper. If you are shooting portraits in a studio with strobes nothing is better. But if you are shooting indoors with natural light, even at an ISO of 2400 to 3600 you are going to have a tough time with a shutter speed of less than 1/250 and then you are losing dynamic range and image quality at those ISO's (people claim that today's cameras have great IQ at high ISOs, but if you are using a high res camera with a lens of this quality, you are throwing away IQ at higher res's). Build quality is the best I've ever seen. But Zeiss doesn't spec it as weatherproof. If I could have given it 4 1/2 stars I would. But at this price and without Zeiss specifying it as waterproof, I have to take a half star off. If you are ready to mount this on a tripod for a high res camera, nothing I've seen is better. But if you are considering more Otus lenses for your full frame high res Nikon, ask yourself whether you would be better off with a medium format camera and lens. Because at the weight of this lens, there isn't much if any difference between a Nikon D800e and this lens compared to the new Hasselblad mirrorless or upcoming Fuji MF camera and a lens made for that system. Just sayin'.
    Date published: 2016-12-28
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Sharp as a tack, and brilliant colour. Top of the line. Silky smooth focus finder, brilliant colour that pops off the image. Little discernible distortion at the edges. That said, it's brick heavy. Get a solid tripod, and work out those forearm muscles.
    Date published: 2015-11-30
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Could not be any happier This is got to be the best lens of all lenses that I have ever used. It is so responsive and tack sharp. It has the most amazing color and almost impossible to have a bad picture at avery turn. I used Nikon D800E and I think it uses the sensor's maximum capability. I know it's expensive but I can't see settling for anything less. Zeiss Really is a high class lens.
    Date published: 2015-01-01
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing Lens The all metal build and optical elements are stellar. It is manual focus, but the focus throw is long and incredibly smooth. I already own the 55 otus, 85 otus, and look forward o also getting the next wide angle otus.
    Date published: 2015-09-04
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Breathtaking image quality Look at sample pictures to judge for your self. No lens comes close to this one.
    Date published: 2015-07-17
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