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Just days after Zeiss’s last announcement touched down, the company has flown in with another wide lens: the Otus 28mnm f/1.4. Billed as the world’s best wide-angle lens, something which is easy to believe given the quality of the already released Otus 55mm and 85mm lenses, this 28mm lens is built to the most precise standards and will offer exceptionally sharp images even when shooting wide open. Zeiss also goes so far as to say that the exceptional resolution and fast f/1.4 maximum aperture of this lens provides photographers with a look that is equal to that of medium format, and perfectly suited to landscape and architectural photography.
At the core of the lens is the advanced retrofocus Distagon optical design with 16 elements in 13 groups that allows for numerous corrected lenses to be present to account for multiple types of aberrations and distortion. The Otus 28mm utilizes eight anomalous partial dispersion elements that practically eliminate all chromatic aberrations for apochromatic performance with high-contrast areas that are free of artifacts. Also, this design has two aspherical elements producing images with little to no distortion that are sharp, corner to corner, even when shooting at f/1.4, especially impressive for a wide-angle optic. The lens also features Zeiss T* anti-reflective coating, which adds sharpness and clarity.
Though optical performance is perhaps the most important area of lens design, the physical handling and construction cannot be overlooked. Zeiss has pulled out all the stops here with all-metal construction and completely manual operation. The focus and aperture rings have a grippy, rubberized surface for comfortable, tactile control and the barrel has bright yellow markings that will clearly show distance and depth of field. Along with this, the lens will come with a matching lens hood to further control flare and ghosting.
|Otus 28mm f/1.4 Lens|
|Lens Mount||Canon EF, Nikon F|
|Angle of View||75°|
|Minimum Focusing Distance||11.8" / 30 cm|
|Lens Construction||16 elements / 13 groups|
|Diaphragm Blades||Not specified by manufacturer|
|Filter Ring Diameter||95mm|
|Dimensions||Canon EF: 4.3 x 5.4" / 109 x 137mm
Nikon F: 4.3 x 5.3" / 109 x 135mm
|Weight||Canon EF: 3.1 lb / 1.39 kg
Nikon F: 3.0 lb / 1.35 kg