The Zeiss Otus 100mm f/1.4 Lens Is on Its Way in 2019 [Rumor]

The Zeiss Otus 100mm f/1.4 Lens Is on Its Way in 2019 [Rumor]

Zeiss' Otus line is known for being some of the best glass photographers and videographers can purchase, with three currently in the line. It seems that a fourth will be added next year, the Otus 100mm f/1.4.

The leaked pictures first appeared on Nokishita Camera, well known for its generally reliable rumors news and leaks. Currently, Zeiss has three lenses in the Otus lineup, the 28mm f/1.4, the 55mm f/1.4, and the 85mm f/1.4. All are known for being manual focus lenses with extremely high optical quality and wide-open sharpness.

Now, it appears a 100mm f/1.4 version will be added to the line. Both the Sigma 105mm f/1.4 and Nikon 105mm f/1.4 have been very well received and seem to show manufacturers being more willing to push into longer focal lengths at the f/1.4 aperture. While there's no information regarding the price yet, there's no doubt the Zeiss version will be very expensive, but if it follows the Otus tradition, it'll also be quite the stunning lens. There's also no word on an exact release date, but it looks to be at some point in 2019. 

Head over to Nokishita to see the full set of pictures.

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Eric Salas's picture

With the Zeiss price tag coming along with the Otis, I’ll happily keep my Sigma 105 1.4 for half the price.

besides being impressive sharp and free of ca the look of the otus lenses is super boring. if you wanna spend a shitload on money on mf glass, adapting leica glass might br more interesting, because of they really unique rendering even on non leica bodys

michaeljin's picture

I would say that this is a matter of personal opinion. When I owned my Leica, people would constantly tell me how Leica rendition was "clinical" and "boring" and how Zeiss lenses had more "warmth" and "character". A bunch of BS buzzwords if you ask me. Look at the results from each and shoot what you like. That's the beauty of having options.

from the experience on my nikon, the color rendering is so super different, that it seams like using a filter on the files. the green and blues are so much more vivid. also the in focus to the out of focus transition is super smooth and not so harsh like on zeiss or other newer lenses. they have a certain look i really like

Johnny Rico's picture

Not to be obtuse, but who spends that much money on a manual focus lens this late in the game? Is there a niche market for these I'm not seeing. Honestly just curios

I would, if I could afford it. I still shoot MF

michaeljin's picture

If I had the spare cash, I'd certainly buy the Nikon version for my film cameras. Besides that, not everyone needs or uses auto-focus and these lenses have superb image rendition.

Dan Howell's picture

I have both the 55mm and 85mm, so I guess I am the person who spent that much money on manual focus lenses. I have absolutely no regrets. I have heard that they are also popular with filmmakers.

I had the Zeiss 85mm ZF at the time when the Otus 55mm was announced. I had purchased it with the intent on having a super sharp prime in the length that I used most frequently. 75% of my work is in the studio, so I am not chasing down action sports. The performance reminded me of my Hasselblad CF lenses with the T* coating. I felt like the Zeiss lenses were the bridge between the performance I was used to with Medium Format with the ergonomics of DSLR.

I thought that the manual focus was going to be a huge hurdle but something I should do to keep in touch with that skill. What I found is that it was much less of a big deal than I thought it was going to be and I was surprised to find that there is actually an advantage, in the studio at least. To be sure, I still have AF lenses. What I found is that there is a certain amount of focus-seeking or AF drift in almost any situation. In a studio, I tend to keep my models at set distances to keep the in my light effect for consistent exposure. An AF lens can actually throw frames out of focus if it loses contrast at the sensor area. MF lenses don't do this.

I'll admit that it is not for every photographer. I really didn't buy them for other photographers. I bought the initial 85mm ZF to render extremely sharp images of the bridal gowns that I shoot for designers often against bright or white backgrounds. They appreciate the ability to see the pattern in the lace, even in a full length shot. White on white detail is a significant challenge that involves not only sharpness but lighting control. I wanted to take that variable out of the equation. My digital tech is generally more at ease when I am using the Zeiss lenses because he is the one who will be following up with the client about detail in the shots in post production.

I appreciate the reduced flare that I get from the Zeiss lenses. They are simply a level sharper than Nikons in the same length. I cautiously bought the 55mm Otus when I found a great deal on it. I was very pleased with the performance both in terms of sharpness and the smoothness of focus. Initially I was regretful that I had already had the 85mm ZF because I couldn't justify two lenses in that length (in addition to my Nikon 85mm PCE which is also very nice).

I ended up selling the ZF and purchased the 85mm Otus. It is by far my most used lens, both in the studio and on location. Again, I'm not saying that is a must for every or any photographer. It works for me. No plans on getting the 100mm Otus. I don't feel there is enough difference in the focal length to have a deep impact on my work. I have the Nikon 105mm DC which I like.