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An interview from the 2014 PhotoPlus Expo in New York City with Richard Schleuning of Carl Zeiss. Carl Zeiss is one of the oldest existing optics manufacturers in the world and is world renowned for their optical quality. In this interview Richard talks with us about some newly introduced lenses like the Loxia 35mm f/2, the M-Mount 35mm f/1.4 , and the Otus 85mm f/1.4 lens.

The Zeiss Loxia 2/35 and Loxia 2/50 Lenses are the first members of a new family of manual focus lenses for the E-mount full frame. They are optimized for digital sensors and electronic viewfinders and feature a mechanical aperture setting and the mechanical deactivation of the click stop (de-click) for ambitious videography. The Loxia lens family has been specially optimized for digital sensors. The optical design of the Loxia 2/35 is based on a Biogon and consists of nine lens elements in six groups. With a full-frame focal length of a moderate wide angle, this lens is particularly well suited for nature, landscape and architectural photography. Its creative potential also comes to the fore thanks to its low minimum object distance of 0.3 meters, which allows close-ups with an unusual perspective.

The Zeiss Distagon T 35/1.4 ZM continues the success story of the Zeiss ZM lens family and sets a new standard in the market. First, it is notable for its very high speed. With a maximum aperture of f/1.4, the lens creates a pleasing bokeh, which optically enhances the background as the main composition element, while at the same time directing attention to the main motif in the foreground. The Zeiss Distagon T 35/1.4 ZM, which is optimized for digital sensors, also stands out for its excellent flat image field. Thanks to the Distagon‘s optical design, the lens delivers high resolution across the entire image field.

The Otus 85/1.4 is a superlative lens in every respect – just like every other focal length in the unique Zeiss Otus family. A lens designed and constructed with the comprehensive expertise and vast experience of Zeiss. Features in portraits and finest details in textures are not the only things reproduced in perfect quality by the Otus 85/1.4. Its extremely large initial aperture is simply ideal for isolating subjects from their backgrounds. At the same time, the Otus 85/1.4 is far more than a portrait lens. Take advantage of its high speed for available light photography, its moderate angle of view for landscapes or its close focusing distance for reproductions.The optical correction of the Otus 85/1.4 completely eliminates almost all possible forms of aberration – and makes every picture you take as exciting as the first, even after thousands of exposures.

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