Lens manufacturing is usually hindered by many factors – weight, cost, size. Zeiss gave their technicians no boundaries when making the Otus; make the best lens you possibly can.
And for those whom have experienced the Otus 55mm first hand I’m sure will agree, it’s a stunning piece of technology; edge to edge sharpness is second to none.
At the time of release Zeiss stated that the Otus line would expand in the near future; the Zeiss Otus 85mm f/1.4 is the second lens in their stills flagship line.
In regards to specification, it’s very similar to its shorter focal length brother. Weighing nearly the same at 2.65 lb (1.2 kg) and a little longer at 3.98 x 4.88″ (101 x 124 mm) in dimension. The Otus line are certainly not small or light, quality comes at a price.
It sports 11 elements in 9 groups, has a 9-blade aperture diaphragm and a magnification ratio of 1.7.7. Like the Otus 55mm it has an aperture range of 1.4-16, and a larger front element of 86mm (versus 77mm on the 55mm).
Minimum focus distance is never a strong point for an 85mm, but the Otus 85mm performs better than average at 80cm.
At a cost and weight that will over shadow most filmmakers cameras bodies, this lens has an acute target audience. Many I’m sure will rent over purchase. If you prefer your shorter focus throws (compared to cine primes) and are looking to rent a high quality lens, the Otus line could just be the one for you.