Phil Holland Takes The Otus Trio Out For A Spin

Phil Holland, a friend and Zeiss Embassador, recently published an article on Zeiss’ cleverly titled blog – LENSPIRE. The post explores the conditions in which Phil finds himself needing the absolute best image quality possible, and how the Zeiss Otus primes allow him to achieve his vision. With an ever growing line up, 28mm f/1.4, 55mm f/1.4, and 85mm f/1.4, the Otus line continues to set the bar for photographers and cinematographers alike.

…when shooting with all three Otus primes you realize that you are getting a very high quality image when using the lens wide open at f/1.4. This can certainly challenge some shooting methods and inspire a bit of experimentation to explore exposures that you wouldn’t normally shoot at wide open. In some circumstance this isn’t something I’d dare with other lenses. Especially with subject matter with reflective chrome, however, the Otus lenses show perhaps some of their greatest features wide open and it’s lovely to explore all three at f/1.4.

Check out the entire post along with plenty of samples using all three Otus primes on a variety of cameras over on the Zeiss Lens Blog – LENSPIRE >

all photos credit: Phil Holland –

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Matthew Duclos

A connoisseur of fine motion picture lenses, Matthew has spent over half his life servicing, refining, selling, manufacturing, and collecting cinema lenses from around the world. Chief Operating Officer of Duclos Lenses and Founder of, Matthew has been contributing to the motion picture industry for over 15 years, and to this site for over 5 years.

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