This week, Zeiss officially added a tele focal length to its line of lenses for full-frame DSLR cameras from Canon & Nikon. Joining the existing Otus 28mm, 55mm and 85mm models, the Otus 100mm f/1.4 expands the Zeiss lens family for photographers who don’t want to make any compromises concerning image and build quality.

Whether in the studio or on-the-go, for portrait or product photography, the tele focal length delivers high resolution and outstanding definition in any situation – even at maximum aperture. This high-speed lens clearly sets the subject apart from the background. The exceptional level of detail and harmonic bokeh ensure the “3D pop effect” that Zeiss lenses are known for. Zeiss Otus Family-SLRLounge

Pricing & Availability

Global delivery of the new Otus 1.4/100 has started and should be available for purchase and rental soon. The lens will be available for somewhere around the $4,500-$4,999 USD with included protective caps and a lens shade when it hits retailers’ shelves.

Features include a full-metal housing, high precision manual focusing, and the company’s  T* anti-reflective coating for minimizing stray light and maximizing contrast. The Otus 100mm has a focal range of f/1.4 to f/16, 14 elements in 11 groups, and an 86mm filter diameter. Coupled with a “consistent center of gravity” and “optimum balance,” the 100mm lens is excellently suited for the rough conditions a professional photographer will face.

Zeiss says that even though it was designed for 35mm full-frame cameras, the new Otus lens offers ‘the look and quality’ of a medium-format camera. The apochromatic design eliminates ‘almost all conceivable aberrations,’ says Zeiss, which promises ‘practically no color fringing’ and bright-dark transitions that are ‘almost completely free of color artifacts.

Technical Specifications

  • Focal length 100 mm
  • Aperture range f/1.4 – f/16
  • Lens elements / Groups 14/11
  • Focusing range 1,0 m (39.37″) – ∞
  • Free working distance 0,83 m (32.68″) – ∞
  • Angular field* (diag. / horiz. / vert.) 24,1° / 20,2° / 13,6°
  • Diameter of image field 43 mm (1.69″)
  • Flange focal distance
    • ZF.2: 46,50 mm (1.83″)
    • ZE: 44,00 mm (1.73″)
  • Coverage at close range (MOD)* 206 x 309 mm (8.11 x 12.17″)
  • Image ratio at MOD 1:8.6
  • Filter thread M86 x 1.00
  • Entrance pupil position ( in front of image plane) 35,0 mm (1.38”)
  • Rotation angle of focusing ring (inf – MOD) 315°
  • Diameter max.
    • ZF.2: 100,7 mm (3.96“)
    • ZE: 100,7 mm (3.96″)
  • Diameter of focusing ring
    • ZF.2: 90,0 mm (3.54″)
    • ZE: 90,0 mm (3.54″)
  • Length (without lens caps)
    • ZF.2: 126,5 mm (4.98″)
    • ZE: 128,8 mm (5.07″)
  • Length (with lens caps)
    • ZF.2: 150,1 mm (5.91 ″)
    • ZE: 152,3 mm (6.00″)
  • Weight
    • ZF.2: 1336 g (2.95 lbs)
    • ZE: 1405 g (3.10 lbs)

Relative Illuminance

MTF Charts

Depth of Field Chart

Zeiss 100mm f1.4 DOF Chart

Below is a gallery of images taken with the Otus 100mm, provided by Zeiss:

Jerome Krieger
Jerome Krieger
Bjoern Pados
Bjoern Pados
Bjoern Pados
Bjoern Pados
Bjoern Pados
Bjoern Pados

*All images shared with permission from Zeiss & the respected artists. Do not share or reuse images without direct permission.