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ZEISS Otus 85mm f/1.4 ZF.2 Lens for Nikon F

BH #ZE8514OZF2N • MFR #2040-293
ZEISS Otus 85mm f/1.4 ZF.2 Lens for Nikon F
Key Features
  • F-Mount Lens/FX Format
  • Aperture Range: f/1.4 to f/16
  • One Aspherical Element
  • Six Low Dispersion Elements
Designed without restrictions, the Nikon F-mount Otus 85mm f/1.4 ZF.2 from ZEISS is a portrait-length prime distinguished by its apochromatic optical design and refined construction to excel in a variety of shooting situations. The short telephoto focal length pairs with the bright f/1.4 maximum aperture to afford extensive control over depth of field for working with selective focus techniques, and it also benefits shooting handheld in low-light conditions. Suiting shooting at a variety of working distances, a Planar optical concept is employed, along with a floating elements system, to retain consistent sharpness and image quality throughout the focusing range. Additionally, a series of aspherical and low dispersion glass elements are also used to reduce distortion, color fringing, and aberrations for a well-corrected image quality. An enhanced ZEISS T* anti-reflective coating has also been applied to significantly reduce ghosting and lens flare for improved contrast and color fidelity when working in strong lighting conditions.
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ZEISS Otus 85mm f/1.4 Overview

Designed without restrictions, the Nikon F-mount Otus 85mm f/1.4 ZF.2 from ZEISS is a portrait-length prime distinguished by its apochromatic optical design and refined construction to excel in a variety of shooting situations. The short telephoto focal length pairs with the bright f/1.4 maximum aperture to afford extensive control over depth of field for working with selective focus techniques, and it also benefits shooting handheld in low-light conditions. Suiting shooting at a variety of working distances, a Planar optical concept is employed, along with a floating elements system, to retain consistent sharpness and image quality throughout the focusing range. Additionally, a series of aspherical and low dispersion glass elements are also used to reduce distortion, color fringing, and aberrations for a well-corrected image quality. An enhanced ZEISS T* anti-reflective coating has also been applied to significantly reduce ghosting and lens flare for improved contrast and color fidelity when working in strong lighting conditions.

Its manual focus design is complemented by a rubberized focus ring for fine-tuned, precise control over your focus position. Additionally, Otus-series lenses also feature an equally aesthetic and durable anodized metal lens barrel surface along with engraved focusing scales and distinctive high-visibility yellow paint.

Portrait-length prime lens is designed for FX-format Nikon F-mount cameras, however can also be used with DX models where it provides an 127.5mm equivalent focal length.
Impressively bright f/1.4 maximum aperture is well-suited for working in low-light conditions and also provides greater control over the focus position when using shallow depth of field techniques.
Planar optical design affords high sharpness and consistent performance throughout the focusing range to suit photographing at a wide range of imaging scales.
Apochromatic optical design utilizes six anomalous partial dispersion elements to significantly reduce color fringing and chromatic aberrations for increased clarity and color fidelity.
One aspherical element controls distortion and spherical aberrations in order to produce greater sharpness and more accurate rendering.
ZEISS T* anti-reflective coating has been applied to each lens surface to help minimize reflections and provide greater contrast and color fidelity.
Floating elements system helps to maintain consistent image quality throughout the entire focusing range, from 2.6' to infinity.
Manual focus design is benefitted by focusing and depth of field scales, which are filled with a high-visibility yellow paint, along with hard stops at both infinity and minimum focusing positions.
All-metal lens barrel has a frosted, anodized surface along with a rubberized focusing ring for both durability and improved tactile control.

ZEISS Otus 85mm f/1.4 Specs

Focal Length85mm
Maximum Aperturef/1.4
Minimum Aperturef/16
Lens MountNikon F
Lens Format CoverageFull-Frame
Angle of View28°
Minimum Focus Distance2.62' / 80 cm
Maximum Magnification0.13x
Optical Design11 Elements in 9 Groups
Focus TypeManual Focus
Image StabilizationNo
Filter Size86 mm (Front)
Dimensions (ø x L)3.98 x 4.8" / 101 x 122 mm
Weight2.51 lb / 1.14 kg
Packaging Info
Package Weight4.825 lb
Box Dimensions (LxWxH)11.45 x 6.85 x 5.7"

ZEISS Otus 85mm f/1.4 Reviews

Incredible Optics

By Baron
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2021-01-22

I've rented this lens and done a bunch of pixel peeping, shooting all the usual test shots, as well as just a lot of photography. It is absolutely peerless optically. There is zero detectable flaw in distortion, fringing, bokeh (shape, onion ring, etc), -- anything. I have never used a lens I couldn't find fault with, which is not to say I don't love my flawed lenses, but I've never used one without flaws before this. A couple of notes: this lens has absolutely zero character. What you point it at will be projected faithfully onto your film/sensor. It has incredible color rendition; colors are more saturated than I've ever seen. I've even had to dial down saturation of blues in a portrait because due to the lighting, the eye color looked absolutely fake. I've never seen that before! Also, as others have noted, it is physically a beast: very heavy, very large. Be careful if you're tripod-mounting it, because it's borderline too heavy for my camera's tripod mount (can't tilt it sideways without care, or it'll start twisting floorwards; I had to crank the mount screw tighter than I felt comfortable with). You might need to tripod-mount it though, because it has no stabilization. Finally, the lens focus throw is very very long, so you'll be twisting and twisting to move the focus.

The best portrait lens ever

By Michelle Nu Yen
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2016-03-10

I love this lens very much. Color is beautiful and very sharp . I hate Manual focus but this lens makes me thinking.

Sharp as a tack, and brilliant colour. Top of the line.

By Anonymous
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2015-11-30

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.

Amazing Lens

By Jorge
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2015-09-04

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.

Breathtaking image quality

By Robert
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2015-07-17

Look at sample pictures to judge for your self. No lens comes close to this one.

Could not be any happier

By Willie the kid
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2015-01-01

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.

Real sharp, but a little bit difficult to use

By Eric
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2018-06-24

There is no need for me to emphasize how sharp the photo can be by using this lens. Let me talk about the cons so you can make a smarter decision if you really want to spend so much money to invest this staff. Cons 1: Manually focus only, this makes the lens is really difficult to capture moving objects. 85mm is a great lens for portrait, but I almost never use it to shoot moving people. Cons 2: Sometimes too sharp which I need to manually focus very preciously. When I check the view window or screen, I feel the focus is done, but when I load the image to my computer, maybe it is not. Cons 3: Too heavy to carry. Generally, I feel this one will be a wonderful for studio or for shooting professional models.

Great Lens - But Heavy

By J David
Rated 4 out of 5
Date: 2016-12-28

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'.

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is it sealed against dust and moisture?
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