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In Depth Review of the Zeiss Otus 85mm f/1.4 APO-Planar

Zeiss Otus 85mm f/1.4 APO-Planar (about $4490) for Nikon or Canon. THANK YOU for using this site’s links to pre-order.

Now up in Guide to Zeiss: my in-depth review of the Zeiss Otus 85mm f/1.4 APO-Planarwith 29 pages of coverage.

I worked extensively with the 85/1.4 APO-Planar in the field While I did not (yet) do everything I’d like to cover, this review is very thorough.

This site has a worldwide exclusive for several days on reviews of this lens, as per Zeiss.

Except that within one day, some reviewer out there violated their agreement and published prematurely, causing Zeiss to open the floodgates. Oh well. :)

Update: Ming Thein has a good review of the Otus 85/1.4 APO-Planar. Ming and I agree that the Otus 85 sets a new world class standard. See also my conversation with Ming.

 
Zeiss Otus 85mm f/1.4 APO-Planar
 
Zeiss Otus 85mm f/1.4 APO-Planar
 
MTF at f/1.4 for Zeiss Otus 85mm f/1.4 APO-Planar
Zeiss Otus 85mm f/1.4 APO-Planar T* Specifications
Focal length 85mm
Aperture range ƒ/1.4 - ƒ/16
Number of lens elements/groups 11 elements in 9 groups
One aspheric, six of special glass
Focusing range: 0.8 m / 31.50 in - ∞
Rotation angle of focusing (focus throw): 261°
Flange focal distance: ZF.2: 46.50 mm / 1.83 ft
  ZE: 44.00 mm / 1.73 ft
Entrance pupil position ( in front of image plane): 90 mm / 3.54 in
Free working distance at MOD: 0.65 m / 25.59 in - ∞
Angular field (diag./horiz./vert.) 28.24° / 23.71° / 15.97°
Diameter of image field 43.2 mm
Flange focal offset ZF.2: 46,50 mm (1.83′′)
  ZE: 44,00 mm (1.73′′)
Coverage at close range (MOD). 36 X 24mm frame 278.85 x 185.61 mm / 10.97‘ x 7.31 in
Image ratio at close range 1:7.7
Filter thread 86mm
Length with caps: ZF.2: 138 mm / 5.43 in
  ZE: 141 mm / 5.55 in
Length without caps ZF.2: 122 mm (4.80‘‘)
  ZE: 124 mm (4.88‘‘)
Diameter max ZF.2: 101 mm/ 3.98 in
  ZE: 101 mm / 3.98 in
Weight (as weighed): ZF.2: 1244g / 2.74 lb with hood and caps
  ZE: 1315g / 2.90 lb with hood and caps
     Lens hood: 99g
Front lens cap: 23g
Weight (nominal): ZF.2: 1140g
  ZE: 1200g
Mounts ZF.2 (F bayonet)
ZE (EF bayonet)
Price: View street price
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