After the rave reviews the Otus 55mm received from the photography and filmmaker community, it was well known that Zeiss will soon add to the Otus range. Zeiss had named this series of lenses as Otus, which is the scientific name of a Genus of Scops Owls, due to the low light ability of these lenses. So the new Otus 85mm gets the same aperture of 1.4 which gives the ability to shoot in low light with a low ISO.
According to Zeiss the Otus 85mm f/1.4 Apo Planar T* ZE lens is versatile and excels in studio work as well as for fashion, advertising, product and architectural photography. This lens boasts of unusually high contrast, unusually high depth of field, impressive three-dimensional effects and sensational quality.
This lens covers full frame 35mm cameras and hence will not vignette if used with Canon 5D Mark III, Canon 1D X, Canon 1DC etc and has a minimum aperture of f16.
This lens has 11 elements in 9 groups and has 9 round diaphragm blades. One of the lens elements has an aspheric optical surface and six are made of special glass. The optical design is based on the Planar. Because the Otus 1.4/85 is an apochromatic lens, chromatic diagonal aberrations (longitudinal chromatic aberrations) are corrected with the help of lens elements made of special glass with anomalous partial dispersion. As a result, there is practically no perceptible color fringing on contrast-rich edges both in front of and behind the focal plane. Bright-dark transitions in the image, and in particular highlights, are rendered free of color artifacts. Also, the variable air spaces between certain lens groups (“floating elements design”) create a consistently high imaging performance across the entire focusing range from 0.8 m to infinity.
The Otus 85mm f1.4 lens has internal focusing, so you can use circular polarisers. The focus barrel rotates 261 degrees so is nice for filming. This lens focuses as close as 80cm or 2.62 inch.
The Zeiss Otus 55mmf1.4 was designed for 77mm filters where as the Otus 85mm f1.4 takes 86mm filters. Zeiss is designing matching T* UV and POL filters with a diameter of 86 mm.
Dimensions: 3.98x4.88 inch
As expected the all metal construction is heavy and the Otus 85mm f1.4 weighs 1.2 kg
The ZEISS Otus 1.4/85 comes with lens hood, user manual, test certificate and lens caps.
The Otus 1.4/85 will be available worldwide with the F-mount (ZF.2) or EF-mount (ZE) from mid-September. The expected recommended retail price is €3,360.50* or US$ 4,490* (excl. VAT).