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ZEISS Otus 28mm f/1.4 ZE Lens for Canon EF

BH #ZE2814OC • MFR #2102-182
ZEISS Otus 28mm f/1.4 ZE Lens for Canon EF
Key Features
  • EF-Mount Lens/Full-Frame Format
  • Aperture Range: f/1.4 to f/16
  • Two Aspherical Elements
  • Eight Low Dispersion Elements
Bright-eyed and wide-angled, the Canon EF-mount ZEISS Otus 28mm f/1.4 ZE 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.
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ZEISS Otus 28mm f/1.4 Overview

Bright-eyed and wide-angled, the Canon EF-mount ZEISS Otus 28mm f/1.4 ZE 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 full-frame Canon EF-mount cameras, however can also be used with APS-C models where it provides a 44.8mm 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 Specs

Focal Length28mm
Maximum Aperturef/1.4
Minimum Aperturef/16
Lens MountCanon EF
Lens Format CoverageFull-Frame
Angle of View75°
Minimum Focus Distance11.81" / 30 cm
Maximum Magnification0.18x
Optical Design16 Elements in 13 Groups
Focus TypeManual Focus
Image StabilizationNo
Filter Size95 mm (Front)
Dimensions (ø x L)4.29 x 5.39" / 109 x 137 mm
Weight3.06 lb / 1390 g
Packaging Info
Package Weight5.245 lb
Box Dimensions (LxWxH)11.45 x 6.75 x 5.85"

ZEISS Otus 28mm f/1.4 Reviews

This lens seems to break the laws of physics!

By Robert
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2021-12-15

I have owned many cameras and lenses over 50+ years and use Leica and Phase One now but this lens on my SONY A7Riv produces incredible sharpness and resolution and Panos that competes with my medium format. Build quality second to none by any lens in the world. You can use wide-open with minimal distortions. I have all 4 OTUS lenses all equally excellent.

This Super-Lens deserves a 5-star

By Olivier
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2016-08-24

5-stars just because if you actually willing to pay the price then you can't remove a star for that high price. You know it's large (but fits nicely in your hand), rather heavy (but very well balanced), and very expensive (worth the money) ... if you're still ready to buy it then be ready for the best possible modern lens ever made, period. Everything is sharper where focused, every bokeh is dreamy, every drop of sweat or condensation is evident on every focused picture. Only one exception, if you can't stand Manual Focus then stop right there and get a canon. Otherwise, QUIT hesitating, it IS worth every penny ! Have fun now.

Best DSLR wide angle lens

By Florian
Rated 4 out of 5
Date: 2016-03-08

I've been using this lens for nighttime landscape photography for a few weeks now, and the image quality is superb. The lens is sharp all the way into the corners, even wide open. Important for starry skies, coma is is minimal, provided the lens has been focused accurately. There is very little lens flare; point light sources such as street lamps in night scenes rarely create ghost images. On the negative side, this lens is large enough to attract unwanted attention when you take it out, and it is very heavy.

Best Wide Angle Available for Canon

By Photographer
Rated 4 out of 5
Date: 2016-02-21

I am using this primarily for landscape and full body portraits and the lens has consistently excellent output provided you can nail focus, even on a 50-megapixel Canon 5Ds R. At f/1.4, it is visibly sharper than the recently released 35L II, and significantly sharper than the 24L II. By f/2.8 it is sharp across the entire frame of the 5Ds R, which few other lenses can match. The lens also has virtually zero lateral CA wide open, though there is a bit of LoCA in out of focus areas. The manual focusing ring is very smooth and pleasant to use, as with all the other Otus lenses. Bokeh rendering is nice and pleasant, though the ability to splice a picture up into planes present in the other Otuses is much less visible due to the focal length. The only downsides to this lens are the price, weight and the tendency to flare somewhat when the sun is just outside the frame in particular locations.

Sublime

By M E
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2020-08-11

I own the Zeiss 21, Zeiss milvus 25,35f1.4,85,135. Rented the Otus 28. My 21 has made some Sharp, contrast remarkable images images with my 5d Mkii, and mkiii. Shot it side by side w otus 28 at Palo Duro Canyon and Rocky Mountain National Park. Completely blew the 21 away on sharpness and especially contrast and depth of color at distance. Now have 5d milvus. The 25 blows away the 21 and sharpness near Otus. Both very even sharpness to corners at f8. Contrast not directly compared.Otus has a more adjustment to focus. The milvus has extremely small movement to be OOF. Otus more resistance like 21 vs milvus with less resistance. I greatly prefer the resistance of Otus and classic. Weatherproofing very important, my 21 has water damage!!! I prefer the old classic style vs Itus and Milvus. Otus at f1.4 is gorgeous. I think if I had to do it over I would go with the Otus for quality, but most of my scenes need 24-25.

Great Lens

By Wei
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2020-04-28

This is a beautiful lens. I also have the Milvus 25mm f/1.4 ZE. The 25mm is lighter, and probably a little sharper on the edge, but the Otus 28mm delivers much more inspiring color, like the Otus 50mm f/1.4. It feels harder to focus than the 25mm, probably due to its weight and size.

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