Zeiss will showcase its latest Otus lens, the Otus 1.4/85, at Photokina in Cologne which opens on 16 September 16 and runs for five days.



The new Otus 1.4/85 lens. (Source: Zeiss.)

The latest member of the Otus  high-end lens family is designed for use on ‘full frame’ cameras and claims to deliver ‘peerless’ image quality, even with its widest aperture. It provides a ‘classic’ focal length for portraiture but will also suit general studio work, travel, fashion, advertising, product and architectural photography.

The optical design comprises 11 elements in nine groups and includes one aspherical element and six low dispersion elements. Focusing is fully manual and involves moving internal elements. The focusing ring turns smoothly through 261 degrees for high levels of precision. This lens has an all-metal barrel and accepts  matching T* UV and POL filters with a diameter of 86 mm.

It has a minimum aperture of f/16 and a close focusing limit of 0.65 meters. The maximum magnification is 1:7.7. The physical dimensions of the lens are 101 mm diameter by 138 mm in length with an overall weight of 1140 grams without the supplied lens hood. The US price has been quoted at US$4490. Shipping is expected to begin towards the end of this month. Details can be found at http://blogs.zeiss.com/photo/en/?p=5234.