Zeiss announces Otus 100mmf/1.4, a full-frame manual focus lens with “medium-format quality”

Apr 24, 2019

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Zeiss announces Otus 100mmf/1.4, a full-frame manual focus lens with “medium-format quality”

Apr 24, 2019

Dunja Djudjic

Dunja Djudjic is a multi-talented artist based in Novi Sad, Serbia. With 15 years of experience as a photographer, she specializes in capturing the beauty of nature, travel, and fine art. In addition to her photography, Dunja also expresses her creativity through writing, embroidery, and jewelry making.

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Zeiss has just announced the Otus 100mm f/1.4, a manual focus lens for full frame cameras that promises the look and quality of the medium format. This lens joins the 28mm f/1.4, 55mm f/1.4, and the 85mm f/1.4 and just like those, it promises exceptional image quality, and most likely a high price tag to go along.

Zeiss describes the Otus 100mm f/1.4 as one of the best lenses in its class, “due to its low sample variation, outstanding imaging performance, and superior build quality.” Due to a fast aperture and the 100mm focal length, I believe that portrait photographers will find it especially appealing.

It was developed for 35 mm full-frame cameras, and just like the previous models from the series, it will be available for Nikon F and Canon EF mounts. But, despite being made for full frame cameras, Zeiss notes that this lens gives you “the quality and look of a medium-format system.” It should give you a high resolution and end-to-end sharpness even at the maximum aperture of f/1.4. The build and coatings of the lens minimize lens flares and almost all aberrations.

Here are the full specs:

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)

The Zeiss Otus 100mmf/1.4 isn’t available for preorders yet and we don’t know the exact price. But, according to Nokishita, it will cost around $ 4500 (excluding tax). Considering that the other lenses from the Otus family cost between $3,990 and $4,490, this price sounds plausible. As for availability, the lens is expected to arrive in May current year, and we’ll update the article as soon as we know more info.

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Dunja Djudjic

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