Zeiss Otus 85mm f1.4 Lens Test. Lifeguard Stephanie Ertl.


Here is a quick test of the killer new Zeiss Otus lenses. We used both the Otus 55mm f1.4 and the brand new Otus 85mm f1.4. Both lenses are tack sharp with a nice creamy bokeh. We used the Panasonic GH4 which was not the best camera to test these puppies but still produced some stunning results. The 2X crop with the GH4 made it difficult for any handheld shots without a rig. Lots of Micro Shake. We did throw on a Metabones Speed Booster and reduced the crop slightly.

The new Zeiss Otus lenses are quite robust with a very smooth rubber focus ring. It takes very little effort to adjust focus, unlike the Zeiss ZE or ZF lenses. Color rendition is true with little or no chromatic aberration. Flare control is a strong point with both lenses. The T* coating shines through. The new Zeiss Otus lenses are not cheap but worth the investment in the long run. The 55mm f1.4 will set you back around #$3900 US  and the 85mm f1.4 is around $4500 US. Both available in either Canon or Nikon mount.

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Jared Abrams is a cinematographer based in Hollywood, California. After many years as a professional camera assistant he switched over to still photography. About two years ago a new Canon camera changed the way the world sees both motion and still photography. He just happened to be in the right place at the right time.