Summary

Highly Recommended awardSharpness, contrast, resistance against contra light, coma, loCA, purple fringing, Bokeh are all on a very good to exceptional level even at f1.4. So this is really the lens that you can use wide open with little to no compromise in optical performance and in that it is a unique short telephoto lens. It produces clearer shots than with any other 85mm lens I’ve seen. Plus there is its exceptional build: This lens exudes quality in every aspect of its physical presence. So optical plus mechanical quality make for a very compelling package. The only let-down being that it's a manual focus only lens. Still the Zeiss 85mm f1.4 Otus has well earned a Highly Recommended.

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Zeiss Otus 85mm f1.4 review
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Samples

The following images were taken with a Zeiss Otus 1.4/85 lens, mounted on a Nikon D800D810 body. Each image was recorded in RAW and converted with Lightroom 5.6/6.6 at Camera Standard settings. Noise-reduction was set to 0, sharpening to 70/0.5/36/10 (35/0.5/36/10 on D810), and no extra tone, color, or saturation-adjustment was used. The individual exposure details are available for each image.

All of the images are available to download in their original formats for analysis at Flickr. These files are for personal evaluation only and cannot be used in another publication or website without permission.

For more examples check out all my high-resolution Zeiss Otus 85mm f1.4 sample images.

Zeiss Otus 85/1.4 Art on Nikon D810 at 1/640, f/1.4, 64 ISO

zeiss_85f1-4otus_f1-4_99586_3k

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This image was also shot with the Zeiss 135/2.0 Apo Sonnar at f2.0 and with the Samyang 135/2.0 ED UMC at f2.0.

Zeiss Otus 85/1.4 Art on Nikon D810 at 1/640, f/1.4, 64 ISO

zeiss_85f1-4otus_f1-4_99609_3k

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This image was also shot with the Zeiss 135/2.0 Apo Sonnar at f2.0 and with the Samyang 135/2.0 ED UMC at f2.0.

1/1000, f/1.4, 100 ISO, 85mm
Lovelocks_72552
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1/1000, f/1.4, 100 ISO, 85mm
Putto_72543
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1/4000, f/1.4, 100 ISO, 85mm
The_golden_ring_72532
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1/125, f/2.8, 100 ISO, 85mm
Dahlia_72491
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1/250, f/1.4, 100 ISO, 85mm
Oleander_72464
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1/125, f/5.6, 100 ISO, 85mm
Zeiss_85f1-4Otus_f5-6_72520
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1/2000, f/1.4, 100 ISO, 85mm
The_Kiss_72502
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1/8000, f/1.4, 100 ISO, 85mm
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1/500, f/1.4, 100 ISO, 85mm
Harley_72556
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1/8000, f/1.4, 100 ISO, 85mm
Schoener_Brunnen_72542
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1/500, f/1.4, 100 ISO, 85mm
Lovelocks_72550
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1/1600, f/1.4, 100 ISO, 85mm
Zeiss_85f1-4Otus_f1-4_71303
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1/8000, f/1.4, 100 ISO, 85mm
Zeiss_85f1-4Otus_f1-4_70900
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1/160, f/1.4, 100 ISO, 85mm
Zeiss_85f1-4Otus_f1-4_70983
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1/100, f/1.4, 100 ISO, 85mm
Zeiss_85f1-4Otus_f1-4_71004
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also available at f2.0, f2.8, f4.0, f5.6

 

1/2000, f/1.4, 100 ISO, 85mm
Looking_72538
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1/4000, f/1.4, 100 ISO, 85mm
Hochzeitsbrunnen_72499
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1/400, f/1.4, 100 ISO, 85mm (fake fur!)
Zeiss_85f1-4Otus_f1-4_70974
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1/2000, f/1.4, 100 ISO, 85mm
Cyclamen_72452
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(With Canon EOS 5Ds), 1/640, f1.4, 1600 ISO, 85mm
Canon EOS 5DS sample image
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(With Canon EOS 5Ds), 1/5000, f1.4, 100 ISO, 85mm
Canon EOS 5DS sample image
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