New Otus 28mm f1.4 from ZEISS

Zeiss has officially unveiled the next lens in its full-frame lineup, the 28mm f1.4 Otus. Available in Canon and Nikon mounts, the 28mm f/1.4 Otus follows the same aesthetics as its 55mm f1.4 and 85mm f1.4 lenses which have already gained a reputation for being some of the sharpest lenses on the market, corner to corner.

This manual focus lens has an all-metal barrel and uses 16 elements in 13 groups, including one aspherical lens and one double aspheric, as well as eight elements made from ‘special’ glass. This special glass gives the lens apochromatic correction. Its aperture range is f1.4 to f16 and utilizes a 9-blade aperture diaphragm for that signature smooth bokeh Zeiss glass is known for.

No pricing has been set, but the 28mm f1.4 will be available in the second quarter of 2016.

The Otus – A No Compromise Lens from Zeiss

Camera West customers Ron Harris and Steve Foon, along with store manager Dan Leto check out the exceptionally sharp images taken with the Otus.

One of our good customers Ron Harris brought in a lens to show us – the latest lens from Carl Zeiss, the Otus 55mm f1.4. Ron borrowed it from a rental company. It’s a $3,990 piece of glass that dwarfs the old Planar 50mm f1.4 in size and price and is razor sharp – even at wide open. It’s available for Canon and Nikon cameras starting next month and we are currently taking pre-orders for it.

A lens named Otus??? The bird naming started with the Touit line and this convention continues with Otus, the genus to which owls belong. Zeiss has dropped hints that the Otus line will consist of extreme-performance ƒ/1.4 lenses.

From left : Nikkor 58mm f1.4, the Otus 55mm f1.4 and the Zeiss 50mm f1.4