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Carl Zeiss unveils 28mm f/2 SLR lens

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By Adorama News Writer

September 20, 2007

Carl Zeiss has a new Distagon T* 28mm f/2.8 lens for Nikon F and Pentax K mount film and digital SLR cameras. The high-performance optic is especially suited for low-light photography, thanks to its unusually wide maximum aperture. The lens will be available in Europe later this year for 1,049.00 € (approximately $1,475).

For details, read the Carl Zeiss Germany press release:

Distagon T* 2/28 SLR Lens from Carl Zeiss

High-speed wide angle puts everything else in the shade

Oberkochen - A new high-speed, wide-angle lens complements the advanced SLR line of lenses from Carl Zeiss for analog and digital 35 mm single lens reflex cameras. With an aperture of 1:2.0 and 28 mm focal length, the Distagon T* 2/28 lens is the ideal bridge between the existing wide-angle lenses with 25 mm and 35 mm focal lengths. It is available as the Distagon T* 2/28 ZF for cameras with the F bayonet and Distagon T* 2/28 ZK for cameras with a K mount. This lens is among the most high-speed optics for these focal lengths and is thus ideally suited for taking pictures in unfavorable lighting conditions. Equipped with manual focus, a high-quality metal casing and floating elements, it provides demanding photographers with a creative, top-class tool with lasting value. As a result, the performance potential of the lens is also available throughout the entire image field even with professional digital cameras featuring full format sensors.

28 mm lenses are primarily used for landscapes, architectural photography and excellent, short-range portraits. It is particularly suited for picture taking indoors – even in natural light. The high image quality down to the close focus range of 0.24 m extends the application range of this lens to include photography of small objects.

The use of floating elements ensures equally impressive image quality in the close-up range as well as at larger distances. With the initial aperture of 1:2.0, photographers enjoy greater creativity through flexible use of the depth of field. This enables them to effectively separate the subject from the background at full aperture and achieve a strong 3D effect. If needed, they can also use the full definition of short focal length optics with smaller apertures over a wide range. High image quality is provided under all conditions despite the extremely high speed.

With its numerous, outstanding properties, the Distagon T* 2/28 from Carl Zeiss is a multi-purpose lens. Thanks to the standard F and K bayonet connections, it can integrated into the corresponding camera systems – with limited compatibility on a case-by-case basis with simple camera models.

This lens will be available for shipping by the end of 2007: Distagon T* 2/28, 1,049.00 € (incl. 19% German VAT)

Technical data:

Focal length: 28.5 mm
Aperture scale: f/2 – f/22
Number of lens elements/ groups: 10/8
Focusing range: 0,24 m – infinity
Reproduction ratio at close range: 1 : 5
Angular field, diag./horiz./vert.: 74°/65°/46°
Filter: M58 x 0,75
Weight: 530 g
Dimensions: ø 65 mm
length incl. caps: 94 mm

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