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Zeiss To Announce Two New Otus Lenses at Photokina, Possible 85mm F/1.4

By Anthony Thurston on April 17th 2014

According to a report over on PhotoRumors, Zeiss is expected to announce two new Otus lenses for Photokina in September. One of which is thought to be a new 85mm F/1.4 model, which would no doubt make some mouths water.


Currently, the only Zeiss Otus is the 55mm F/1.4 beast, which costs $4,000 and has received a lot of attention lately due to the release of the Sigma 50mm f/1.4 (which comes darn close to matching it). The 55mm Otus is known for its nearly flawless image quality and extreme sharpness, with the only downsides to photographers being the lack of Autofocus, and the extremely high $4,000 price tag.

[REWIND: Sigma 50mm F/1.4 DG HSM Art – Full Review]

It will be interesting to see if the new 85mm F/1.4 Otus (if that is, in fact, what is announced) can stick to the Otus 55mm F/1.4’s high standards, and nearly flawless image quality.

What are your thoughts on these Zeiss Otus lenses? Do they interest you, or do you pay little attention due to the price tag? Leave a comment below and lets discuss!

[via Photo Rumors]



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Q&A Discussions

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  1. Chuck Eggen

    Sigma really helps me to read about the latest Otus offerings. I know they will provide something comparable at a much better price. Of course a stack of Sigma primes isn’t near as impressive as a Zeiss collection but hey, that’s just bragging rights.

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  2. Rafael Steffen

    I can´t believe a lens this expensive does not have AF.

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  3. Ironymous

    85mm at f1.4. Ho hum. Bring out a 90mm at f1.2 and then we’ll talk.

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  4. Matthew Saville

    I’m sure that rich videographers will not bat an eye at this kind of gear’s pricing, however I guess I’m not that kind of person. How much better can a lens get, for 2-3X the price? That’s what I ask myself.

    Then again, if they made something UNIQUE, like a 105mm f/1.4 or a 20mm f/1.4, I’d be interested. Somehow I think that’s not likely though. We’ll probably see a $4,000+ 85mm and 35mm…

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