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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.
An absolute highlight for those who appreciate the finer details - in a lens that also offers you all the creative freedoms you could possibly desire. With the ZEISS Otus® 1.4/85, you can look forward to sublime performance in almost every possible photographic situation.
The ZEISS Otus 1.4/85 is a superlative lens in every respect – just like every other focal length in the unique ZEISS Otus family. A lens designed and constructed with the comprehensive expertise and vast experience of ZEISS.
Features in portraits and finest details in textures are not the only things reproduced in perfect quality by the Otus 1.4/85. Its extremely large initial aperture is simply ideal for isolating subjects from their backgrounds. At the same time, the Otus 1.4/85 is far more than a portrait lens. Take advantage of its high speed for available light photography, its moderate angle of view for landscapes or its close focusing distance for reproductions.
The optical correction of the Otus 1.4/85 completely eliminates almost all possible forms of aberration – and makes every picture you take as exciting as the first, even after thousands of exposures.
f/1.4 – f/16
0,8 m (31.50") - ∞
Free working distance
0,65 m (25.59") - ∞
Angular field** (diag. | horiz. | vert.)
28° / 24° / 16°
Diameter of image field
43 mm (1.69")
Coverage at close range (MOD)
279 mm x 186 mm (10.97" x 7.31")
Image ratio at minimum object distance
1 : 7.7
Lens elements | groups
11 / 9
Flange focal distance
ZE: 44 mm (1.73)
Entrance pupil position (front of image plane)
90 mm (3.54)
M86 x 1.00
Rotation angle of focusing ring
ZE: 101 mm (3.98")
Diameter of focusing ring
ZE: 92 mm (3.62")
Length (with lens caps)
ZE: 141 mm (5.55")
Length (without lens caps)
ZE: 124 mm (4.88")
ZE: 1200g (2.64 lbs)
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