Having been a professional photographer and involved heavily on the ‘technical’ side with many camera, lens and lighting companies for over 35 years now, it takes a little more than the norm to grab my attention. I have simply seen so much go before and used so much.
So today’s announcement by Zeiss of the Otus 100mmF/1.4 lens sparked my interest, as straight away, it ticks for the serious image maker, lots of significant boxes.
I have had to immerse myself in optics and their performance at various times during my career and keep a eye on announcements from the major producers of pro level products.
And as much as I shoot with 85mm focal length lenses (more than any other), I prefer the slightly longer focal length for head shots and others. Often I suggest for those shooting full frame that the versatile macro or micro EOS/Nikkor/Zeiss/Sigma optics etc are also good choices around the 100-105mm mark for slightly different reasons.
But no matter. With a reputation for the highest optical standards, mechanics for long and heavy use, the Otus family many aspire too.
Not for everyone as they are manual focus, large and top end cost wise. But for me, the skills of ‘real’ photography are as important as I have ever found them. So this is a significant introduction for those working with passion and the ‘craft’s skills of photography. The lens is available in Canon EOS and Nikon ‘F’ mount versions.
Here we go with the official details:
New ZEISS Otus 1.4/100 DSLR Lens for the Most Demanding Applications
ZEISS adds a tele focal length to its line of lenses for full-frame DSLR cameras from Canon or Nikon
Oberkochen, 24 April 2019 With the ZEISS Otus1.4/100, ZEISS is expanding its lens family fo rCanon1) and Nikon1) photographers who do not want to make any compromises concerning image and build quality. Whether in the studio or on-the-go, for portrait or product photography, the tele focal length delivers high resolution and outstanding definition in any situation – even at maximum aperture. This high-speed lens clearly sets the subject apart from the background. The exceptional level of detail and harmonic bokeh ensure the “3D pop effect”, ZEISS lenses are known for.
Achieving the outstanding image quality of medium format cameras
“The extremely high imaging performance and reliable production quality set the ZEISS Otus 1.4/100 apart in this class of lenses,” says Björn Pados, Product Manager for ZEISS Camera Lenses. “ZEISS’ comprehensive expertise and many years of experience went into developing the lens. The images captured with a ZEISS Otus lens in combination with a high-resolution, full- frame DSLR camera are on par with those created using a medium format system.”
The lens design, with aspheric lenses and special glass materials keeps chromatic aberrations and distortion to a minimum. Even when shooting against the light, the T* anti-reflective coating developed by ZEISS allows for extremely high contrast and minimizes stray light.
Robust and reliable
The ZEISS Otus 1.4/100 also features impressive production quality and ergonomics: the extended rotation angle and smooth operation of mechanical components enable highly precise manual focusing. The stable full-metal housing with internal focusing ensures a consistent center of gravity and optimum balance when taking photographs. “This makes the ZEISS Otus 1.4/100 well-suited for the rough conditions a professional photographer faces, and its high-quality mechanical design ensures it will last for a long time,” adds Pados.
The ZEISS Otus lens series
The ZEISS Otus lens series was developed for professional photographers who expect unrestricted edge-to-edge image quality that extends across the entire aperture range. ZEISS launched its high-end SLR lens family back in 2013 with the release of the ZEISS Otus 1.4/55. This series continued with the addition of a short tele lens, the ZEISS Otus 1.4/85, in 2014. The ZEISS Otus 1.4/28 wide-angle lens followed in 2015.
Price and availability
Global delivery for the ZEISS Otus 1.4/100 will begin immediately, with a sales price of ££3,999.99 ((RRP) inclusive of VAT. A lens shade and protective caps for the front and back lenses are included