ZEISS Otus 28mm f/1.4 ZF.2 Lens for Nikon F

ZEISS Otus 28mm f/1.4 ZF.2 Lens for Nikon F

ZEISS Otus 28mm f/1.4 ZF.2 Lens for Nikon F

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Product Highlights

  • F-Mount Lens/FX Format
  • Aperture Range: f/1.4 to f/16
  • Two Aspherical Elements
  • Eight Low Dispersion Elements
  • Apochromatic Distagon Optical Design
  • ZEISS T* Anti-Reflective Coating
  • Floating Elements System
  • Manual Focus Design
  • Anodized Metal Barrel, Rubber Focus Ring
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Lens Mount: Nikon F

Canon EF Nikon F
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ZEISS Otus 28mm f/1.4 ZF.2 Overview

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Bright-eyed and wide-angled, the Nikon F-mount ZEISS Otus 28mm f/1.4 ZF.2 is an optically-refined prime poised to deliver a high degree of resolution and clarity in nearly any shooting condition. Featuring an apochromatic design, and utilizing the Distagon concept to reduce distortion, this lens uses a series of eight anomalous partial dispersion glass elements and two aspherical elements to virtually eliminate chromatic and spherical aberrations throughout the aperture range. A floating elements system is also used for consistent performance throughout the focusing range and a ZEISS T* anti-reflective coating suppresses lens flare and ghosting for increased contrast and color fidelity. Equaling the optical prowess of a Strigidae-inspired lens, the Otus 28mm f/1.4 is also characterized by a robust physical design for intuitive, exacting handling.

The wide-angle focal length pairs with the bright f/1.4 maximum aperture to suit working in broad variety of lighting conditions and is well-suited to a range of applications, including landscape, architecture, and interior photography. Accentuating the range of control, this manual focus lens is complemented by haptic design elements, including a rubberized focus ring and an all-metal lens barrel with high-visibility yellow scale markings.

Wide-angle prime is designed for FX-format Nikon F-mount cameras, however can also be used with DX models where it provides a 42mm equivalent focal length.
Impressively bright f/1.4 maximum aperture is well-suited for working in low-light conditions and also provides greater control over the focus position when using shallow depth of field techniques.
Distagon optical concept affords high sharpness, well-corrected image quality from edge-to-edge, and very low field curvature.
Apochromatic optical design utilizes eight anomalous partial dispersion elements to significantly reduce color fringing and chromatic aberrations for increased clarity and color fidelity.
Two aspherical elements control distortion and spherical aberrations in order to produce greater sharpness and more accurate rendering.
ZEISS T* anti-reflective coating has been applied to each lens surface to help minimize reflections and provide greater contrast and color fidelity.
Floating elements system helps to maintain consistent image quality throughout the entire focusing range, from 11.8" to infinity.
Manual focus design is benefitted by focusing and depth of field scales, which are filled with a high-visibility yellow paint, along with hard stops at both infinity and minimum focusing positions.
All-metal lens barrel has a frosted, anodized surface along with a rubberized focusing ring for both durability and improved tactile control.

ZEISS Otus 28mm f/1.4 ZF.2 Specs

Focal Length 28mm
Maximum Aperture f/1.4
Minimum Aperture f/16
Lens Mount Nikon F
Format Compatibility Full-Frame
Angle of View 75
Maximum Magnification 0.182x
Minimum Focus Distance 11.81" / 30 cm
Optical Design 16 Elements in 13 Groups
Focus Type Manual Focus
Image Stabilization None
Filter Size 95 mm (Front)
Dimensions ( x L) 4.291 x 5.315" / 109 x 135 mm
Weight 3 lb / 1350 g
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Package Weight 5.25 lb
Box Dimensions (LxWxH) 11.4 x 6.7 x 5.7"

ZEISS Otus 28mm f/1.4 ZF.2 Reviews

Otus 28mm f/1.4 ZF.2 Lens for Nikon F is rated 5.0 out of 5 by 9.
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Killer lens for Astrophotography and landscapes This lens is a landscape and astroscape photographers dream lens. Coma at f1.4 very minimal for stars, see my image shot at f1.4 ISO 1600 10sec shutter. Vignettes more than my Otus 55mm but can be corrected, I would reduce half a star for this. Shooting into the sun does not produce flare like my other wide angle lenses but it has very minimal flare. See attached image. With this image I went through the pano in seconds because I don't have to shoot extra images with finger covering the sun for flare. It is heavy, bulky but for now with the results I'm getting I can live with that. If you have money to buy go for it. If you want to try for night photography or landscapes go for it.
Date published: 2016-05-05
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Killer lens for Astrophotography and landscapes This lens is a landscape and astroscape photographers dream lens. Coma at f1.4 very minimal for stars, see my image shot at f1.4 ISO 1600 10sec shutter. Vignettes more than my Otus 55mm but can be corrected, I would reduce half a star for this. Shooting into the sun does not produce flare like my other wide angle lenses but it has very minimal flare. See attached image. With this image I went through the pano in seconds because I don't have to shoot extra images with finger covering the sun for flare. It is heavy, bulky but for now with the results I'm getting I can live with that. Go for it as long as you won't go into debt of owning one!
Date published: 2016-05-11
Rated 5 out of 5 by from More useful then I thought As an architectural photographer I am always looking for better wide angle optics. My business is to make client's buildings look great. Prior to purchasing this lens I rented one and shot it side by side with my Nikon 28 1.8, mirror up and electronic front curtain on the D810. The Otus far exceeded the Nikon in every respect. The only time they came even close was at infinity and f8, but even there the edges of the Zeiss were better. What has amazed me however are the many additional subject areas that I find myself shooting with it. I use it all the time when the magazine I shoot for needs a two page spread portrait. The ability to selectively focus a landscape area and let the background go soft is a real plus in terms of creativity. In short I could not be happier with the product.
Date published: 2016-06-15
Rated 5 out of 5 by from I would definitely purchase this again. This will become my go-to landscape lens. It is wide enough for most situations, and can always go portrait and shoot stitched panos. Sharpest lens I have used and has a great color/contrast quality like my Leica lenses. It is a monster however, in size and weight. Glad I recently purchased a truck to drive in to the mountains. This lens is not for backpackers.
Date published: 2017-05-19
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Dream Lens Made the plunge with this lens and I have no regrets. It's mind-boggling what it can do, from macro style shots to portraits to landscapes and astro-photography. Combine this lens with a Canon and you have a fine piece of heavy photographic weaponry on your hands.I like the fact that it's heavy, but it actually makes my 5D Mark IV look tiny, so I think it will be better to pair this with a 1DX II eventually. A couple of shots below, one out of the box and another up in the Himalayas, shot at F2.5, 4000ISO, 15 seconds. Still learning how to use this thing, but off to a good start and I'm seeing many years of enjoyment yet to come with this lens. Unfortunately I can't upload these photos because BH site keeps timing out on me, but
Date published: 2017-03-18
Rated 5 out of 5 by from What A Lens I got my first Zeiss, the Mulvis 15/2.8 last week. I was extremely impressed with that lens. Although manual focus, it has since kept the Sigma 12-24 and Nikon 16-35 in the bag. And I sent an Irix 15/2.4 Blackstone (a very nice lens actually) back. That initial experience gave me the confidence to order the Otus 28/1.4 and 55/1.4. I have not had full manual lenses since my Canon and Nikon film SLRS and my Mamiya and Rollei MF cameras. TBH, I wasn't sure if my decades-older eyes would be up to the task. Well, I am still not sure about that part, but this lens and the 810A are superb together. P, A, and S modes work flawlessly. I took it out today for a few dozen shots during early afternoon. Light was bright and a bit flat, uninteresting to say the least. But this lens is just extraordinary. Color richness and fidelity, the almost-3D effect of DOF, corner-to-corner sharpness, lack of distortion, resolution, all amazing. I have Sigma 35/1.4 and 24/1.4 Art lenses that I picked up primarily for astrophotography. This lens takes their place, as well as the Nikon 24-70/2.8, and every other lens that covers this range. Yes, it's big and heavy; this is not a kit for speed pack ascents. But I will haul these lenses around the world in the next couple of months, because once you have seen what they deliver, there is no going back.
Date published: 2017-03-28
Rated 5 out of 5 by from 2nd Otus, ordered 3rd today This is my 3rd Zeiss, 2nd Otus lens (have the 85mm Otus, 135mm APO Sonnar). I have been converting from my Nikon primes to Zeiss over the past two years because of the color quality, sharpness, and amazing build. I ordered the 28mm Otus yesterday, received it today, and took the attached image a couple hours later. Handheld, absolutely no post production done - NEF to JPEG image from a D4s in the weed patch behind my Minnesota cabin. I am excited to see what this lens can do, given the out of the box quality already seen.
Date published: 2016-06-10
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Complete Trinity I got this fat boy to complete the trinity and knew what I was getting myself into. Manual focus and complete picture heaven. I'm extremely happy with the D800e (or D810 for that matter) and the otus combo. Can wait to use this lense on the future 50mp+ sensor to be released by Nikon. Now, for some nit picking: (1) Extremely big, wide girth. (2) Lense hood is made of slightly thinner metal than its brothers. (3) Be prepared to shell out ($+) for some quality 95mm filters. I 'had' to get the Zeiss UV filter as well as the circular polarizer for mine. The Lee adaptor for the 150mm filter set would be next on the shopping list. (4) Slight barrel distortion (which is easily corrected) but still left me somewhat disappointed in this regard. (5) Not weather sealed (6) Price. Closing comment: I don't know which focal length the otus line will venture into next. Personally I don't think it would be practical to make the otus with an even wider focal length (with the same f-stop), as it'll be physically too big and fat to mount on a camera and carry around on a shoot.
Date published: 2016-02-13
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question

is there a tripod collar available to fit this lens?
Asked by: John L.
A tripod collar is only necessary with longer/telephoto lenses.
Answered by: Geoffrey F.
Date published: 2018-08-26

question

Where is the Zeiss Otus 28mm f/1.4 Lens F mount manufactured?
Asked by: Fereshte F.
The COI for the ZEISS Otus 1.4/38 is Japan.
Answered by: ZEISS Zeiss Expert
Date published: 2018-08-26

question

Can you confirm if this model has hard stop focus ring at infinity like other Zeiss models or does the focus ring move past infinity?
Asked by: Anonymous
The Zeiss Otus 1.4/28 focuses beyond infinity, as does the other Otus lenses. The special glass types used in the construction of the lens are sensitive to thermal expansion, so a hard stop would cause infinity problems at high temperatures.
Answered by: ZEISS Zeiss Expert
Date published: 2018-08-26

question

What makes it worth a whopping $5K?
Asked by: Anonymous
It's all about precision, and it's not Philosophical. It's expensive because of the cost involved in developing it, the expensive materials and processes, the precision of every part. When you hold it in your hands you already know someone was invested into making this piece ... when you see your first image you wonder how you got such a good deal !!! The Zeiss Otus is the best lens you can buy without selling your house (you might need a loan though ;-).
Answered by: Olivier A.
Date published: 2018-08-26

question

Can you let me know which way around the focus rotates on the Otus? Same as the regular Nikon lenses or the same way as the Canon version. Thanks
Asked by: Simon T.
The Nikon F version rotates the same way as Nikon lenses (i.e. the scale reads from infinity on the left to MFD on the right) and the Canon EF version rotates the same way as Canon lenses (i.e. the scale reads from MFD on the left to infinity on the right).
Answered by: Frank Shuang C.
Date published: 2018-08-26

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Is the depth of field scale on the lens accurate? If for any F Stop, one end of the scale is on Infinity, will the other end of the scale accurately reflect the near focus point? I like the Batis lenses for this reason.
Asked by: John
Hi John, Absolutely! The people at Zeiss did a through program in developing this beautiful piece of seeing glass and it's secretly artificial glass. The depth of field is right on the money, I have now spent countless hours shooting landscapes and I couldn't be happier. It will problem be one of your best investments. Rad
Answered by: RADCLIFFE M.
Date published: 2018-08-26
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Designed For Use With:

  • Nikon D4s
  • Nikon D5
  • Nikon D500
  • Nikon D610
  • Nikon D7100
  • Nikon D7200
  • Nikon D750
  • Nikon D7500
  • Nikon D800E
  • Nikon D810
  • Nikon D810A
  • Nikon D850
  • Nikon Df
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