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ZEISS Otus Apo-Sonnar 100mm f/1.4 T* Lens Review - Verdict

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Zeiss Otus 100mm F/1.4 Rear Oblique View | 1/5 sec | f/16.0 | 78.0 mm | ISO 100

Value For Money

The Zeiss Otus 100mm f/1.4 lens is priced at £3999. It might be some lens, but that is some price to match.

However, it also fits into a very specific niche as the number of fast 100mm lenses is in fact very low. We could look at the following alternatives.

In terms of price, there are clearly many lower-cost alternatives, but those who want that Zeiss feel and the premium quality construction that goes with it will already know where their money will be going.

Zeiss Otus Apo-Sonnar 100mm f/1.4 T* Verdict

It is actually quite surprising how few fast 100mm lenses there are, especially considering the popularity of the 100mm macro lenses. For those who find 85mm too short and yet 135mm too long and unwieldy, the 100mm lens has always been an excellent focal length. There have been many 100mm lenses in the past, mostly f/2.8 designs that were light and compact.

The new Zeiss lens is definitely not light or compact, but it is uncompromisingly excellent in performance. It is also most definitely not a cheap option, but then again if we want traditional metal and glass construction of the highest order, then that is what it costs.

This is also the sort of lens design that raises standards, as the difference between a shot that hits the spot and one that nearly does becomes very obvious. Zeiss claims the lens offers a “medium format look” and it does have a certain quality, a certain look that lifts it beyond the norm. It will not suit every photographer, but those whose way of working it does suit will love it.

Zeiss Otus Apo-Sonnar 100mm f/1.4 T* Pros

  • Outstanding sharpness
  • Very low distortion figures
  • Very low CA
  • Beautiful bokeh
  • Highest quality manufacture
  • Very resistant to flare
  • Long throw of focusing means high accuracy
  • Tactile experience

Zeiss Otus Apo-Sonnar 100mm f/1.4 T* Cons

  • Obvious vignetting at f/1.4
  • Not described as weather-resistant
  • Heavy
  • Expensive
  • Long throw of focusing means slower to use


Overall Verdict

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1 Aug 2019 5:35PM
So few 100mm ? Well it aint much longer than 85mm, so save money and get an F1.2 Canon or a F1.4.

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