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″)|
|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.