Zeiss 85mm f/1.4 Otus lens review (tested on EOS 5Ds)


Zeiss Otus 85mm f/1.4

Photography Blog posted their full review of what is thought to be the world’s sharpest lens, the Zeiss 85mm f/1.4 Otus lens. And they tested it on a Canon EOS 5Ds[/shoplkink].

The Zeiss Otus 85mm f/1.4 Planar T* is simply a superb prime lens for portrait photographers looking for the ultimate in image quality. You’d expect sharpness to be high across both the frame and aperture range from such a premium optic, and it doesn’t disappoint. In conjunction with the new Canon EOS 5Ds test camera shooting at 50 megapixel resolution, detail is exceptionally detailed and sharp. Shooting at the maximum f/1.4 aperture does reveal a minor reduction in sharpness compared to the rest of the aperture range, but the image is already pin-sharp by f/1.8. Read the review at PB.

The Zeiss Otus 85mm f/1.4 sells for $4,490 and can be ordered at Amazon, B&H Photo and Adorama. Sample pics can be seen on Zeiss’ Flickr album.

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Canon EOS 5DS and Zeiss 85mm f/1.4 Otus sample pictures


How does the world’s highest resolution full-frame DSLR go along with the world’s sharpest lens?

Photography Blog just posted 25 JPG (Fine Detail picture style) and 25 raw images taken with a final production version of the Canon EOS 5Ds and the Zeiss Otus 85mm f/1.4 lens. The images are straight out of the camera with no post-processing.

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Dustin Abbott, Zeiss Otus 1.4/55mm APO Distagon T* Review

I directly compared the Otus to the flagship 50mm lens from Canon, the EF 50mm f/1.2L. I praised that lens in many ways, and I do think it has more to offer than some have given it credit for. […] But at the same know that in every measurable head to head comparison (other than autofocus!) it was no contest. The Otus simply destroys it. The Sigma 50mm f/1.4 ART series lens is somewhat better competition in terms of sharpness, and (to a lesser extent) contrast, but in overall image quality it falls short of Otus. The Sigma ART is a very nice lens, but, ironically, it isn’t nearly as “artful” as the Otus 55. The Otus has not only the biting sharpness and overall contrast but also adds a truly beautiful out of focus rendering that just seems to produce more “creaminess” than any of the lenses I stacked it up against.

Zeiss 55mm f/1.4 Otus Distagon T* First Impression (it’s “scharf”)

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Scharf is a German word that can mean “sharp” or “hot”, depending by the context. That’s the notion Roger Cicala starts his review of the Zeiss 55mm f/1.4 Otus Distagon T* lens – Zeiss’ latest $4000 optical marvel:

After testing our first copies of the Zeiss 55mm f/1.4 Otus lens I felt the term scharf was just perfect to describe this lens.

It’s a pity they tested the lens on a Nikon instead of a Canon. However, I think the test is interesting anyway. About building and handling:

I can’t say what you’ll think of the appearance, but I love it. Very sleek and minimalist. The focus ring has the typical smooth Zeiss throw with a cinema-like 248-degree rotation. I found it extremely accurate.

In the conclusion Roger writes:

I won’t try to say whether the Otus is worth $4,000 to you. But I can certainly say that Zeiss did what they said they had done: gave it exceptional performance even in the corners at widest aperture. From a resolution standpoint, it is, as Zeiss said it would be, “the absolute best SLR lens in the world today.”

As written before, this is a $4000 lens – not everyone’s toy. Check the price and availability of the Zeiss 55mm f/1.4 Otus: Amazon, B&H, Adorama, Canon USA, Digitalrev, eBay

Zeiss 55mm f/1.4 Otus

Shot with a Zeiss 55mm f/1.4 Otus Distagon T* – Image courtesy: lensrentals.com

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