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Maximum detail at maximum speed – the ZEISS Otus 1.4/100 offers a new photographic experience thanks to its exceptional imaging performance – without any sacrifices.
Because this lens is an apochromat, chromatic aberrations (axial chromatic aberations) are corrected with elements of special glass with anomalous partial dispersion. The chromatic aberrations are therefore significantly below the defined limits. Bright-dark transitions in the image, and especially highlights, are reproduced almost completely free of color artifacts.
Aberrations caused by extreme differences between shadows and highlights are particularly obvious in images captured at night. Thanks to the outstanding correction of lateral chromatic aberration, the floodlit facade is reproduced with absolute perfection.
Sources of light located in front of or behind the plane of focus present particular challenges to every lens. In the case of the ZEISS Otus, longitudinal chromatic aberration is so low that practically no colour fringing occurs.
Thanks to its exceptional sharpness, the ZEISS Otus exploits the full potentials of contemporary high-resolution sensors and rewards photographers with images characterised by breathtaking rendition of even the finest details.
The aspherical lens design ensures consistent imaging performance throughout the entire focusing range as well as sharpness to the periphery of the image. The asphere's more complex surface profile can reduce or eliminate spherical aberration and also reduce other optical aberrations compared to a simple lens.
With its new Otus 1.4/100, ZEISS has expanded the tried and tested Otus family to include a new telephoto focal length. The ZEISS Otus 1.4/100 is one of the best lenses in its class due to its low sample variation, outstanding imaging performance, and superior build quality.With the same uncompromising performance that makes all Otus lenses stand out, the ZEISS Otus 1.4/100 is a truly exceptional lens. A lens that is a reflection of the comprehensive expertise and extensive experience of ZEISS.Although developed for 35 mm full-frame cameras, the Otus® 1.4/100 gives you the quality and look of a medium-format system.Whether in the studio or on location, this lens stands out in every situation thanks to its high resolution and excellent sharpness – even at the maximum aperture of f/1.4.Whether portrait or product photography, the bokeh will impress you. The apochromatic lens design with aspherical lenses and special glass prevents almost all conceivable aberrations. In addition, the high-quality coating keeps the contrast high, even when shooting against the light, and minimizes lens flare.
A lens with relatively few glass-air surfaces, it was developed by Dr. Ludwig Bertele at ZEISS in 1930. At the time it was one of the fastest high-speed lenses for 35 mm photography, with apertures as large as 1:1.5 and high contrast thanks to effective stray light reduction. Its high speed and high contrast helped give the lens its name, which is derived from the word “sun,” the symbol of maximum brightness. You continue to find the aforementioned benefits with modern lenses in the normal and telephoto ranges whose optical design is based on this basic type.
f/1.4 – f/16
Canon EF-Mount* (ZE) | Nikon F-Mount* (ZF.2)
1,0 m (39.4") – ∞
Free working distance
0,83 m (32.7") – ∞
Angular field** (diag. horiz. vert.)
24° | 20° | 14°
Diameter of image field
43 mm (1.69")
Coverage at close range (MOD)**
206 x 309 mm (8.11 x 12.17")
Image ratio at minimum object distance
1 : 8.6
Lens elements | groups
14 | 11
Flange focal distance
ZE: 44 mm (1.73") | ZF.2: 47 mm (1.83")
Entrance pupil position (front of image plane)
35 mm (1.38")
M86 x 1.00
Rotation angle of focusing ring
ZE: 101 mm (3.96") | ZF.2: 101 mm (3.96“)
Diameter of focusing ring
ZE: 90 mm (3.54″) | ZF.2: 90 mm (3.54″)
Length (with lens caps)
ZE: 152 mm (6.00") | ZF.2: 150,1 mm (5.91")
Length (without lens caps)
ZE: 129 mm (5.07") | ZF.2: 127 mm (4.98")
ZE: 1405 g (3.10 lbs) | ZF.2: 1336 g (2.95 lbs)
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