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Zeiss officially announces the ZEISS Otus 1.4/100

Press Release:

With its new Otus 1.4/100, ZEISS has expanded the tried and tested Otus family to include a new telephoto focal length. The ZEISS Otus 1.4/100 is one of the best lenses in its class due to its low sample variation, outstanding imaging performance, and superior build quality.

With the same uncompromising performance that makes all Otus lenses stand out, the ZEISS Otus 1.4/100 is a truly exceptional lens. A lens that is a reflection of the comprehensive expertise and extensive experience of ZEISS.

Although developed for 35 mm full-frame cameras, the Otus® 1.4/100 gives you the quality and look of a medium-format system.
Whether in the studio or on location, this lens stands out in every situation thanks to its high resolution and excellent sharpness – even at the maximum aperture of f/1.4.

Whether portrait or product photography, the bokeh will impress you. The apochromatic lens design with aspherical lenses and special glass prevents almost all conceivable aberrations. In addition, the high-quality coating keeps the contrast high, even when shooting against the light, and minimizes lens flare.

Technical Specifications

ZEISS Otus 1.4/100

Performance Focal length 100 mm
Aperture range f/1.4 – f/16
Camera mount Canon EF-Mount* (ZE) | Nikon F-Mount* (ZF.2)
Format compatibility Full Frame
Focusing range 1,0 m (39.4″) – ∞
Free working distance 0,83 m (32.7″) – ∞
Angular field** (diag. | horiz. | vert.) 24° / 20° / 14°
Diameter of image field 43 mm (1.69″)
Coverage at close range (MOD)** 206 x 309 mm (8.11 x 12.17″)
Image ratio at minimum object distance 1 : 8.6
Lens elements | groups 14 / 11
Flange focal distance ZE: 44 mm (1.73″) | ZF.2: 47 mm (1.83″)
Entrance pupil position (front of image plane) 35 mm (1.38″)
Features Autofocus
Image Stabilization
Physical Filter thread M86 x 1.00
Rotation angle of focusing ring 315°
Diameter max. ZE: 101 mm (3.96″) | ZF.2: 101 mm (3.96“)
Diameter of focusing ring ZE: 90 mm (3.54″) | ZF.2: 90 mm (3.54″)
Length (with lens caps) ZE: 152 mm (6.00″) | ZF.2: 150,1 mm (5.91″)
Length (without lens caps) ZE: 129 mm (5.07″) | ZF.2: 127 mm (4.98″)
Weight ZE: 1405 g (3.10 lbs) | ZF.2: 1336 g (2.95 lbs)

Groundhog

I'm New Here
Aug 23, 2014
12
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I expect great quality and would guess it will be at least 4.500$ (like the 85mm Otus) ... so it will have to wait until I've inherited some millions.
 
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hendrik-sg

EOS RP
Apr 21, 2011
246
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The Quality will be great, no doubt about this. But IQ can be only as good as the image is focused, which is exceptionally difficult with such a lens. Paired with a price which will for sure be higher than for the 85 1.4 I would better buy a Nikon 105 1.4 with camera included, than this one, or even easier, a Sigma Art. But ok, expensive lenses are nice collector's items :)
 
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FramerMCB

Canon 40D & 7D
Sep 9, 2014
346
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The Quality will be great, no doubt about this. But IQ can be only as good as the image is focused, which is exceptionally difficult with such a lens. Paired with a price which will for sure be higher than for the 85 1.4 I would better buy a Nikon 105 1.4 with camera included, than this one, or even easier, a Sigma Art. But ok, expensive lenses are nice collector's items :)
For the price of this OTUS you could buy a Sigma Art 105mm f1.4, the 135mm f1.8, and a Canon 5D Mk IV (refurb'd - from Canon).
 

Skyscraperfan

I'm New Here
Aug 7, 2018
21
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I hope the next Otus will we a wide angle one with 16mm or less, because there the depth of field is much longer. 100mm with f/1.4 must be almost impossible to focus unless you either have a camera with some kind of focus peaking or you use a tripod and a model leaning its head to the wall, so that the distance to the eyes is fixed.
 

Sator

EOS T7i
Oct 14, 2015
60
1
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For this sort of money Zeiss better make it the best money can buy (at least in 35mm format lenses). I hope Lens Rental doesn't find that the MTF plots of the Sigma 105mm f/1.4 are already better than those of the Otus 1.4/100. If so then the Otus is dead on arrival. Sadly, there is good reason to fear just that because the new Otus takes an 86mm filter whereas the Sigma takes a 105mm filter size.