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
  • Apochromatic, Distagon Optical Design
  • 8 Anomalous Partial Dispersion Elements
  • 2 Aspherical Elements
  • Floating Elements System
  • ZEISS T* Anti-Reflective Coating
  • Internal Focus; Manual Focus Design
  • All-Metal Barrel, Yellow Scale Markings
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Lens Mount: Nikon F

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ZEISS 28mm f/1.4 overview

  • 1Description

Bright-eyed and wide-angled, the Nikon F mount ZEISS Otus 28mm f/1.4 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 120° rotational focus throw, rubberized focus ring, and an all-metal lens barrel with high-visibility yellow scale markings.

Prime wide-angle 28mm f/1.4 lens is designed for FX format Nikon F mount DSLRs, and can also be used with DX models where it will provide a 42mm equivalent focal length.
Fast f/1.4 maximum aperture is well-suited to photographing in difficult lighting conditions and also affords greater control over focus placement when using selective focus techniques.
Two aspherical elements help to suppress spherical aberrations for greater clarity and consistent illumination and sharpness from edge to edge, regardless of the aperture setting in use.
An apochromatic design makes use of eight anomalous partial dispersion glass elements to nearly eliminate chromatic aberrations in order to reduce color fringing and color artifacts in front of and behind the plane of focus.
Employing a Distagon optical concept, this lens delivers virtually distortion-free performance that pairs well with the broad angle of view.
A floating element design places variable air gaps between select lens groups to realize consistent performance throughout the focusing range, from 11.8' to infinity.
ZEISS T* anti-reflective coatings have been applied to each lens surface to help minimize reflections in order to provide greater image clarity, contrast, and color fidelity.
Manual focus design is accentuated by a rubberized focusing ring, 120° focus ring rotational angle, an inset dial window, and bright, high-visibility yellow depth of field and distance scale markings.
An internal focusing mechanism maintains the overall lens length and, benefitting the use of circular polarizers and graduated neutral density filters, the front filter thread does not rotate during use.
The sophisticated optical system is housed within an all-metal lens barrel, which is built with the narrowest of design tolerances for refined precision and durability.
This ZF.2-series lens supports Nikon DSLRs' electronic interface for camera-based control over exposure settings and in-camera focus confirmation.
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ZEISS Otus 28mm f/1.4 ZF.2 Lens for Nikon F
  • Front and Rear Lens Caps
  • Lens Hood
  • Limited 2-Year Warranty
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    • 1Description

    ZEISS 28mm f/1.4 specs

    Performance
    Focal Length 28mm
    Aperture Maximum: f/1.4
    Minimum: f/16
    Camera Mount Type Nikon F
    Format Compatibility Nikon FX/35mm Film
    Nikon DX
    Angle of View 75°
    Minimum Focus Distance 11.81" (30 cm)
    Maximum Reproduction Ratio 1:6.25
    Optical Design 16 Elements in 13 Groups
    Features
    Autofocus No
    Physical
    Filter Thread Front: 95 mm
    Dimensions (DxL) Approx. 4.29 x 5.31" (108.9 x 135 mm)
    Weight 2.98 lb (1.35 kg)
    Packaging Info
    Package Weight 5.25 lb
    Box Dimensions (LxWxH) 11.4 x 6.7 x 5.7"

    ZEISS 28mm f/1.4 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 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 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 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 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 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 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
    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
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