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New Zeiss Otus 100mm Lens announced


Always on
Premium Member
Zeiss recently announced the new Otus 100mm f/1.4 prime lens for Canon and Nikon full-frame DSLRs. In some ways I don't see the point. Pretty much every 100mm, 105mm, 135mm lens by any of the major brands have high resolution and produce extraordinarily sharp images. The major selling point for this lens appears to be the elimination of color fringing. At $4,500 USD I think I can live with what I have. But I suppose that if color fringing is a bugaboo for you and you have a lot of loose change in your pockets, then it may be just the lens you've been looking for. Of course, it is manual focus.

Minor Problem

Always on
Premium Member
It does seem a little pointless but will I'm sure appeal to the snobs with more money than sense. The Nikon 105 1.4 seems to be a spectacular performer by all accounts so not much of a requirement on this side of the fence.


Ol' Sparky
Honorary Life Member
They've just announced it on the local "pro" dealership website given their markup I'd be surprised if it came in from there at less than five and a half thousand; at that price, definitely not on the shopping list!


Always on
Premium Member
Matt Granger did a fairly good video comparing the new Zeiss Otus 100mm f/1.4 with comparisons to the Nikon 105mm f/1.4E ED. www.youtube.com/watch?v=CgNbmMlvU6Q

Bottom line is that the Zeiss does indeed provide sharper images with more contrast then the excellent Nikon lens. In addition, its captures are slightly warmer.

Nearly all of my primes are manual focusing and manual lenses do require a different workflow than autofocus lenses. Granger was using Otua 100 manual lens as a portrait lens, something I wouldn't consider. For that I'd want autofocus. Portrait lenses do not require edge-to-edge sharpness which is something that the Otus brand has a reputation for delivering. Though having the sharpest focus available at the widest aperture and having the higher contrast and smooth bokeh that Zeiss lenses provide are qualities that many photographers would love to have.

Expensive? Absolutely. Worth it? Depends on how demanding you are to shoot wide-open with the sharpest lens edge-to-edge -- and how deep your pockets are.

I'm not that demanding for detail at the edges or require the improved contrast of the Otus; and, my priorities are such that spending $5,000 on a 100mm lens doesn't even make it on my list. So, no Otus 100mm for me. But I do appreciate that Zeiss delivers superior products for photographers that demand that level of quality and can afford them.

Whether its a car, a laptop, or a camera body the difference in cost between a product that is great and one that is superior will often take your breath away, and so it is with the Otus brand of lenses.