Zeiss Otus 85mm f/1.4 Planar T* Review

June 29, 2015 | Mark Goldstein | Rating star Rating star Rating star Rating star Half rating star

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Reviews of the Zeiss Otus 85mm f/1.4 Planar T* from around the web.

the-digital-picture.com »

That the Zeiss Otus 85mm f/1.4 Planar T* came into existence was not a surprise (Zeiss revealed plans for this lens nearly 10 months before the announcement), but it is no less welcomed. The quality of the Otus 85 was also not a surprise. The Zeiss Otus 55mm f/1.4 is an amazing lens, the highest quality 50-something mm wide-aperture DLR lens made, and now the Otus 85 fills that position in the 85mm lens class: The Zeiss Otus 85 is the highest quality 85mm DSLR lens that money can buy.
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cameralabs.com »

The Zeiss Otus 85mm f/1.4 is a short telephoto lens that follows the much acclaimed Otus 55mm. With the original Otus, Zeiss made ambitious claims for performance that were delivered in practice, albeit at a high price and with manual focus only. So expectations for the second model in the series are equally high or even higher than the first, especially as it shares the same price tag of 4000 EUR.
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ephotozine.com »

The Otus range from Zeiss is as much about them showing what's possible from an optical design, as it is anything else. Their 55mm and the 85mm lens are both accompanied by proclamations of them being 'the best lenses in the world' on the Zeiss website, which is quite a claim to make, and one that isn't wholly unbelievable coming from Zeiss. If you were to try to buy the 'best' anything in the world, whether it be a kitchen knife, or a car, you'd expect to have to be ready to stump up some serious cash to own it. This 85mm f/1.4 may sport a fast f/1.4 aperture, but it is a manual focusing lens, and is available for around £3220. That's a lot of money for an 85mm lens and in this review, we'll take a look at how it performs.
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petapixel.com »

The Zeiss Otus 85mm f/1.4 lens is breathtaking to behold. Prior to receiving the lens from Carl Zeiss for this review, I had done some extensive research about the lens and its features.
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