In addition to the new Loxia Series primes introduced for Sony’s FE mount cameras, Zeiss also introduced a new ultra-fast Otus Series model and a new M mount lens. The Loxia models – a 35mm f2.0 and a 50mm f2.0 – feature similar external designs which, like the Otus lenses, are more contemporary looking, but manual focusing and a traditional aperture collar are retained.
Both are comparatively compact designs – being just over 65 mm in length – and have a ‘DeClick’ feature which allows the aperture rings to be operated continuously when shooting video. The new Otus Series lens is an 85mm f1.4 which is similarly styled to the existing 55mm f1.4 model.
According to Zeiss, “The optical correction of the Otus 1.4/85 completely eliminates almost all possible forms of aberration”. Well, we rated the 55mm lens the best we’d ever tested so we won’t be surprised if the new 85mm is as good as Zeiss claims. Its Apo Planar optical design comprises 11 elements in nine groups, including one aspherical type and four made from optical glass with anomalous partial dispersion characteristics.
The new M Mount (or ‘ZM’ in Zeiss parlance) lens is a Distagon T* 35mm f1.4 wide-angle available in either black or silver finishes. Again Zeiss is promising superlative imaging performance from its ten-element optical design, even at its maximum aperture of f1.4. For more information visit www.zeiss.com.au/camera-lenses