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This series taken at MOD (minimum object distance) using a production lens. At MOD, the Zeiss Otus 28mm f/1.4 APO-Distagon offers a reproduction ratio of 1:6.2, which is a major gain in versatility over rangefinder lenses like the Leica 28/1.4 Summilux-M ASPH, which can only go to 1:22. While it is not as close the 1:4.5 of the autofocus Nikon 28/1.8G, the Otus is in a league of its own for manual focus quality and its performance trounces the Nikon in every way.
Free working distance for the Otus 28/1.4 at MOD is tight, about 5.9 in / 15 cm from the front lens element. Use a filter to avoid contact (as almost happened for this shot!)—when tilting the camera down, the heavy lens can tend to induce a tripod head to follow an undesirable inertial path to the subject. No filter used here however.
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