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Carl Zeiss Announces 28mm Wide Angle Lens

Carl Zeiss this week launched a new wide-angle 28.5mm SLR lens, the Distagon T* 2/28 lens. Geared for landscape, architecture, and portrait photography, the lens allows for wide-angle images with depth of field at an aperture of 1:2.0. The Carl Zeiss len

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***Sept. 20, 2007* – Carl Zeiss this week launched a wide-angle 28.5mm SLR lens, the Distagon T* 2/28 ZF lens. Geared for landscape, architecture, and portrait photography, the lens allows for wide-angle images with a maximum aperture of 1:2.0. The Carl Zeiss lens will retail for 1,049 € (equiv. $1,464 USD) when it is released later this year.

"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," stated a Sept. 17 company press release.

The Carl Zeiss lens will sit between the 25mm and 35mm lenses in the current Carl Zeiss product line. It will be offered in two versions, the Distagon T** 2/28 ZF for F bayonet mount and the Distagon T** 2/28 ZK for K mount. Users can manually focus as close as 0.24 meters (9.45 inches) for detail shots, according to the release. The lens has an aperture range of f/2 to f/22.

The metal lens is constructed of 10 elements in 8 groups with floating lens elements and weighs 530 grams (18 ounces).

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