Last Updated on February 27, 2020
When it comes to lenses, only a few brands could compare to the popularity of the Zeiss Otus line. It’s latest addition, the Zeiss Otus 100mm f/1.4, is no exception with its top quality build and image quality.
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This fourth lens from the range also has the brand’s longest focal length so far. But there are a few more reasons the Otus 100mm is the new favorite among photographers:
It showcases the expertise of Zeiss
The Zeiss Otus 100mm f/1.4 is a class of its own because of its brilliant imaging capability, superior build quality and low sample variation. Designed for the Canon EF and Nikon F mounts, this lens was designed to offer uncompromising performance, which is what Zeiss is most known for.
According to the company, “although developed for 35mm full-frame cameras, the Otus 1.4/100 gives you the quality and look of a medium-format system.” This means that you can guarantee crisp images with the help of its contemporary high-resolution sensors.
It boasts of the best focal length from Zeiss
Being a prime lens with just one focal length, you can’t get any better than 100mm, which is the best choice for portraits. Although most photographers are happy with the 85mm focal length, the 100mm lens just takes the game to another level with its capability to cover a wide range of portraiture subjects in both indoor and outdoor venues.
The Zeiss Otus 100mm f/1.4 is ideal for shooting documentaries, engagements, parties and even individual portraits and it can be used for both full body and head shots. Some photographers would also recommend using the 100mm lens for landscape photography, although you need to consider its size and weight when carrying it out on a trail.
It features an apochromatic design
According to Zeiss, “because this lens is an apochromat, chromatic aberrations (axial chromatic aberrations) are corrected with elements of special glass with anomalous partial dispersion. The chromatic aberrations are therefore significantly below the defined limited. Bright-dark transitions in the image, and especially highlights, are reproduced almost completely free of color artifacts.”
It has great max aperture
The rule for photographers with aperture is that the wider they are, the shallower their depth of field becomes. At f/1.4, the Otus 100mm allows the subject to pop above a blurred background, which is important if you’re trying to draw your viewers’ attention only to your subject.
It guarantees excellent image quality
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Finally, the Zeiss Otus 100mm f/1.4 delivers one of the sharpest image qualities that you can get from any of the brand’s lenses. Whether you’re shooting full frame or full frame corner, you know that you’ll capture crisp quality images featuring excellent resolutions and contrast.
With all its amazing features, the Zeiss Otus 100mm f/1.4 is definitely a worthwhile investment at $4,500, especially if you’re a photographer who wants to upgrade your gear mostly for shooting portraits. After all, investing in any of Zeiss’ lenses is a smart decision because you’re guaranteed quality and reliability every single time.