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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.

I would definitely purchase this again.

By John
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2017-05-19

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.

What A Lens

By Greg
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2017-03-28

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.

Dream Lens

By Cristian
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2017-03-18

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

Great color rendering and exceptional detail!

By Ellen
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2020-12-23

I purchased this lens with the idea of minimizing post production work on my photographs. I spent hours of research and found that the expert consensus was that the Zeiss Otus 28mm f/1.4 ZF.2 lens is possibly one of the finest to date. Since I have purchased it, I have used it on my Nikon D 850 extensively. My experience has been that It does require attention to detail in shooting, but it has never ceased to amaze me in its sharpness and color rendering. This is my second purchase of a new Zeiss lens. I'm extremely pleased with this lens.

Sublime

By Michael
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.

a great lens but limited use

By henry
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2018-05-02

This is a superb work of art lens that has remarkable quality written all over it. The pictures are sharp and the resolution is as well. The color rendition is very accurate. There is slight distortion but easily corrected. There is a bit of chromatic aberration but also easily corrected. This lens performs as well as one can expect. It is probably best at ASA 64 and raw. It requires attention to detail to get its maximum yield. I am sure that a pro that has a particular use for this lens will be delighted with the results, but it is a LOT of lens for the skilled amateur and the hefty price makes you have to think about its role in your photography. I have owned it twice and just could not justify it despite it being the finest lens I owned. I own the Otus 55, the Otus 85 and the Milvus 135 all of which are sensational. The Otus 28 slightly lacks the snap of the others, but with after processing can yield some smashing photos. If I had unlimited resources, I would own it for the occasional app I could find for a lens of this caliber.

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