October 14, 2015
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(Press text) ZEISS Otus 1.4/28: World-class wide-angle

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Official press text via Lenspire:

With the new ZEISS Otus 1.4/28, users of shorter focal lengths can now also take advantage of the most powerful image quality of the ZEISS Otus lens family.

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Where details count in wide-angle photography, the Otus 1.4/28 for DSLR cameras with F- and EF-mount is the lens of choice.

 

The Otus 1.4/28 shows off its strengths particularly in landscape and nature photography. Even with a maximum aperture, the corners of the image are completely usable, so there are no limits to composition. In poor light combined with fast-moving objects, the lens also doesn’t break a sweat – thanks to its high speed of f/1.4. While other lenses reveal their shortcomings in correction in night photography, especially when lots of open light sources dominate an image, the ZEISS Otus 1.4/28 boasts a stellar performance. Finally, the latest member of the ZEISS Otus family is excellent for taking pictures of image elements in the foreground, as they take on a greater feeling of depth to the scene due to the wide background and the open aperture; here, the lens’s harmonious bokeh ensures a 3D effect.

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For professional photographers

Inner focusing, a dial window and yellow labeling of the dials for easy legibility designate the Otus 1.4/28 as a lens, developed to meet the high demands of professional photographers. The mechanical quality also impresses: the soft focus operation with the large rotation angle allows for the finest variations when focusing – something that is only possible with a metal construction. In every focusing situation, the user is given freedom to compose – one of the most important creative factors in photography. An artistic tool is literally put in the photographer’s hands. With its robust all-metal barrel and easy-to-grip focus ring, the Otus 1.4/28 is also well suited for a photographer’s demanding everyday work.

With high image contrast all the way into the edges of the image – already at an open aperture of f/1.4 – the Otus 1.4/28 demonstrates its optical brilliance. At all distances it offers consistent performance (minimum working distance of 0.15 m), highly detailed images without any bothersome artifacts, and a neutral bokeh in the background.

“With these features the ZEISS Otus lenses set themselves apart from the other ZEISS SLR lenses, such as the ZEISS Milvus family, which we recently presented,” said Christophe Casenave, Product Manager with ZEISS Camera Lenses.

See high-res pictures on Flickr.

Intricate construction for uncompromising imaging performance

A view inside the lens reveals how such optical excellence is achieved: The lens consists of 16 elements in 13 groups. One of the lens elements has an aspheric optical surface and one element is aspheric on both sides. Eight other lens elements are made of special glass. The basis of the optical design is a Distagon. The special glass has anomalous partial dispersion, as is typical for an apochromatic lens. This corrects the longitudinal chromatic aberrations superbly, which therefore lie considerably below the tightly defined boundaries. Bright-dark transitions in the image, in particular highlights, are depicted almost completely free of color artifacts. The floating elements design (the change of distances between certain lens elements when focusing) allows for unrivalled imaging performance along the entire focusing range, from 0.3 m to infinity.

 

The ZEISS Otus lens family

ZEISS Otus 1.4/28 ZF.2When ZEISS introduced the ZEISS Otus 1.4/55 in 2013, creating a new family of high-end SLR lenses, the trade press and users alike were enthusiastic. The ZEISS Otus 1.4/55 has exceeded its promises up to this day. The second member of the family, the ZEISS Otus 1.4/85, which was presented at photokina 2014, continued this success story in the short telephoto range. It enables photographers to express their creativity in a unique way – and that with the unsurpassed high imaging performance for which the lenses in the ZEISS Otus family are known.

“The ZEISS Otus 1.4/28 continues the tradition of its lens family. It is the best wide-angle that has ever existed. Now we can offer three outstanding lenses for the widest variety of applications,” added Casenave.

 

 

Price and availability

The Otus 1.4/28 ZF.2 and Otus 1.4/28 ZE will be available worldwide starting in the second quarter of 2016. The lens shade is included with delivery. The retail sales price is unknown to date.

Further information and technical data:

www.zeiss.com/otus

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October 14, 2015
Posted in rumors

Zeiss Otus announcement at around 11am Berlin time.

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Of you have plenty of money to spend and want the best of the best than watch the Zeiss Otus 28mm f/1.4 announcement on SAR at around 11am Berlin time. That lens will be big, gorgeous and expensive! UPDATE: Now announced! Full details can be read here.

A couple of hours later I will cover the A7sII reviews and image samples that are being posted by reviewers today!

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October 14, 2015
Posted in reviews

RX10 II review at Dpreview.

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Dpreview posted the full RX10m2 test:

The Sony RX10 II continues the tradition established by the original RX10. It can easily split its time between being an excellent stills camera and an outstanding video machine. Ergonomics, handling and build-quality are all top notch. And the camera’s sharp, fast 24-200mm F2.8 equiv. lens should offer plenty of versatility for most shooters. Autofocus is good in most situations, though it does struggle when photographing fast action, using AF-C. Its subject tracking capabilities also lag behind the competition.

The camera earned the Gold Award.


RX10m2 at Amazon, BHphoto, AdoramaFocusCamera, Uniquephoto.

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October 13, 2015
Posted in deals

US deals: Loxia 21mm preorders. A7rII for $2699. RX100m2 for $599.

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Still running:
A7rII for $2,699 only on Electronicsvalley (Click here). They also have a $200 off on the RX100m3 (Click here)

Reminder: You can now preorder the new Loxia 21mm FE lens at BHphoto (Click here). The lens will ship in mid December. And Zeiss just posted that new Loxia video:

And there is a $100 price drop on the Rokinon 35mm t/1.5 A-mount lens at BHphoto (Click here).

 

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October 13, 2015
Posted in rumors

Sony A7sII press conference tomorrow at around 15:00 London time.

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Tomorrow Sony will have a press conference in a few countries. The official invitation sent to bloggers says this is for a “Sony A7sII” touch and try event. And reviewers and bloggers will then be allowed to publish A7sII reviews and image samples. But I have been told major Japan managers will be present at the event and I don’t know if they make all the big fuzz to show the new A7sII only.

For sure Sony will announce new FE lenses before the PhotoPlus show. But I don’t know if that’s going to happen tomorrow or next week.

In summary: Tomorrow at 10:00 London time Zeiss will announce the new Otus 28mm f/1.4 lens. And we will see for sure first Sony A7sII reviews and image samples. But there is a small chance to get some FE lens news too.

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