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Zeiss Officially Announces New 28mm F/1.4 Otus

By Anthony Thurston on October 14th 2015

The Zeiss Otus line of lenses has quickly set itself apart as the absolute best optical quality available to the modern photographer. Today, Zeiss announced the latest addition to that line, the 28mm F/1.4 Otus.


Following in the footsteps of its predecessors, the new Otus features that familiar Otus design style and superior build quality. There is no denying that this thing is built like a tank and weighs a ton, but if you are looking for the best ~28mm FoV out there, this will likely be hard to beat.

Zeiss 28mm F/1.4 Otus

  • 28mm Focal Length
  • F/1.4 Max Aperture
  • 16 Elements in 13 Groups
  • Canon & Nikon Mounts Only
  • Available 2nd Quarter 2016


So far we have not seen any pricing, but given the cost of the other Otus models out there, it is pretty clear that this will likely be a $4,000 lens. Personally, I am fine with ‘good enough’ lenses, so I will never feel the need to own or use a lens this pricy. That said, it is hard not to see what these Otus lenses are capable of and be a little envious of those who can afford them.

Currently, there is no way to pre-order this lens, so stay tuned and we will update you once those pre-order links are available.

What are your thoughts on this latest addition to the Otus line? Do you see yourself adding this to your kit? Leave a comment below and let us know what you think!

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Anthony Thurston is a photographer based in the Salem, Oregon area specializing in Boudoir. He recently started a new project, Fiercely Boudoir to help support the growing boudoir community. Find him over on Instagram. You may also connect with him via Email.

Q&A Discussions

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  1. Matthew Saville

    Oh joy, the three pound barrier has been broken. Boom. Now the Tamron 15-30 and Canon 11-24 can call themselves lightweight again.

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    • adam sanford

      When not in use, the special lens cap allows the 28mm Otus to be hooked to your tripod as a sandbag. :-P

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    • Matthew Saville

      Or in wartime conditions, when you run out of mortar shells, just reach for the Otus…

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    • adam sanford

      Why are you even *here*, Matthew?

      Where’s your drool-laden report on the Sigma 20mm f/1.4 Art?

      Random-number-generating rando Sigma Art autofocus isn’t a problem when you are shooting astro, so I thought you’d bust into the shakes upon hearing word of that lens.

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  2. adam sanford

    Sadly, this is only the *third* most interesting piece of news to drop today.

    Sony and Sigma appear to have scooped even the great Otus line today.

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