ZEISS Otus 1.4/85

The short tele lens.

An absolute highlight for those who appreciate the finer details - in a lens that also offers you all the creative freedoms you could possibly desire. With the ZEISS Otus® 1.4/85, you can look forward to sublime performance in almost every possible photographic situation.

The ZEISS Otus 1.4/85 is a superlative lens in every respect – just like every other focal length in the unique ZEISS Otus family. A lens designed and constructed with the comprehensive expertise and vast experience of ZEISS.

Features in portraits and finest details in textures are not the only things reproduced in perfect quality by the Otus 1.4/85. Its extremely large initial aperture is simply ideal for isolating subjects from their backgrounds. At the same time, the Otus 1.4/85 is far more than a portrait lens. Take advantage of its high speed for available light photography, its moderate angle of view for landscapes or its close focusing distance for reproductions.

The optical correction of the Otus 1.4/85 completely eliminates almost all possible forms of aberration – and makes every picture you take as exciting as the first, even after thousands of exposures.

ZEISS Otus 1.4/85
ZEISS Otus 1.4/85
ZEISS Otus 1.4/85
ZEISS Otus 1.4/85
ZEISS Otus 1.4/85

The medium format look

Thanks to its exceptional sharpness, the ZEISS Otus exploits the full potentials of contemporary high-resolution sensors and rewards photographers with images characterised by breathtaking rendition of even the finest details.

The ultimate in image contrast

Aberrations caused by extreme differences between shadows and highlights are particularly obvious in images captured at night. Thanks to the outstanding correction of lateral chromatic aberration, the floodlit facade is reproduced with absolute perfection.


Because this lens is an apochromat, chromatic aberrations (axial chromatic aberations) are corrected with elements of special glass with anomalous partial dispersion. The chromatic aberrations are therefore significantly below the defined limits. Bright-dark transitions in the image, and especially highlights, are reproduced almost completely free of color artifacts.

Virtually distortion-free optics

Dramatic perspectives and a view from extraordinary image angles – ZEISS lenses open up new composition possibilities. Distortion would disrupt the composition because straight lines, whose image does not go through the image center, would be reproduced with a curved shape. This annoying effect is accordingly and largely compensated through elaborate optical designs at all focal lengths.

No colour fringing

Sources of light located in front of or behind the plane of focus present particular challenges to every lens. In the case of the ZEISS Otus, longitudinal chromatic aberration is so low that practically no colour fringing occurs.

Aspherical design

The aspherical lens design ensures consistent imaging performance throughout the entire focusing range as well as sharpness to the periphery of the image. The asphere's more complex surface profile can reduce or eliminate spherical aberration and also reduce other optical aberrations compared to a simple lens.


Focal length

85 mm

Aperture range

f/1.4 – f/16

Camera Mount

Canon EF-Mount* (ZE) | Nikon F-Mount* (ZF.2)

Format compatibility

Full Frame

Focusing range

0,8 m (31.50") - ∞

Free working distance

0,65 m (25.59") - ∞

Angular field** (diag. horiz. vert.)

28° | 24° | 16°

Diameter of image field

43 mm (1.69")

Coverage at close range (MOD)**

279 mm x 186 mm (10.97" x 7.31")

Image ratio at minimum object distance

1 : 7.7

Lens elements | groups

11 | 9

Flange focal distance

ZE: 44 mm (1.73") | ZF.2: 47 mm (1.83")

Entrance pupil position (front of image plane)

90 mm (3.54")



Image Stabilization


Filter thread

M86 x 1.00

Rotation angle of focusing ring


Diameter max.

ZE: 101 mm (3.98") | ZF.2: 101 mm (3.98")

Diameter of focusing ring

ZE: 92 mm (3.62") | ZF.2: 92 mm (3.62")

Length (with lens caps)

ZE: 141 mm (5.55") | ZF.2: 138 mm (5.43")

Length (without lens caps)

ZE: 124 mm (4.88") | ZF.2: 122 mm (4.80")


ZE: 1200g (2.64 lbs) | ZF.2: 1140g (2.51 lbs)

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The Planar lens design is the most successful – and most frequently copied – camera lens design of all time. Modifications to the tried-and-tested six-lens basic type ensure that it achieves the high imaging quality required by modern sensors. Lenses with a Planar optical design enable consistent performance across a large range of image scales – the key requirement for universal macro-lenses.

Planar Design

Lens with aspheric optical surface

Lens made of special glass with anomalous partial dispersion

"Floating elements" design



ZEISS Camera Lenses Product Overview


ZEISS Otus 1.4/85





"The Otus 85/1.4 APO-Planar delivers the most transparently beautiful imagery I have ever seen on a DSLR. Well, it does so in every case, not just portraits..."

"Let me get straight to the point, the 55mm Otus was the best lens I have ever tested in terms of overall image quality - and the 85mm Otus is even better..."

"I have never personally seen any other brand with this level of consistency....I honestly feel that the lens still has more to give – but we don’t have the sensors for it yet..."

Lens Accessories

Round off the fully unique product experience.

When taking pictures, an optimal image is not the only consideration. Capturing that special experience also plays a key role. With their reliable functions, camera lenses from ZEISS ensure that photographers can fully concentrate on the image and composition, and bring their creativity to life. In order to perfect this experience, ZEISS now offers accessories tailored to the requirements of demanding photographers.

Manual Focusing

With AF Camera Systems.

Camera Mounts

Overview of different mounts.

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ZEISS grants a warranty period of two years from the date of purchase for all its photographic lenses. This may be extended to three years after registering with ZEISS Online Registration. Although the ZEISS extended warranty is already available in numerous countries, claims under warranty may only be made in the country in which the product was purchased. 

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