Zeiss officially announced the new Zeiss Ventum 21mm f/2.8 Lightweight industrial lens with E-mount for use with drones. The US price is $1,500.
With the release of the ZEISS Ventum 2.8/21, ZEISS presents a particularly lightweight wide-angle lens that enables long-range shots that are rich in detail. The focus is on the use of drones. “To enable more efficient workflows for industrial customers, the ZEISS Ventum 2.8/21 had to be compact and lightweight without compromising on quality,” says Michael Pollmann, product manager at ZEISS. “Thanks to its special design with a fixed focus, the ZEISS Ventum 2.8/21 weighs just half that of the comparable ZEISS Interlock Compact 2.8/21.” Thanks to its low weight, the drone consumes less energy and can remain airborne for longer.
Highly detailed images for demanding applications
The ZEISS Ventum 2.8/21 was designed for full-format cameras with E-mount and an image circle of up to 43 millimeters. Its fixed focus is set up to cover a maximum area of focus: at aperture F8, for instance, all objects between a distance of around three meters and infinity are reproduced in high definition. This allows the drone to fly at different heights without the pilot having to worry about readjusting the focus. “What’s more, the lens offers high levels of contrast, resolution and color fidelity across the entire imaging area,” says Pollmann. “This saves time in data acquisition and data processing, resulting in higher-quality images.” Furthermore, ghosts are minimized thanks to the ZEISS T* antireflective coating.
These properties make the ZEISS Ventum 2.8/21 suitable for a multitude of drone applications, but also for stationary applications outdoors: inspections and surveys, three-dimensional model creation, damage assessments, monitoring of events, and much more.
A sealed housing
In an industrial setting, a lens must be able to withstand all weathers. “The whole design must therefore be dust- and weather-resistant,” says Pollmann. “The ZEISS Ventum 2.8/21 is protected against the finest dust and splashes. Even extreme temperatures and high humidity are no problem for this lens.”
Price and availability
The ZEISS Ventum 2.8/21 is available now. The recommended retail price is 1,500 euros (plus 19 percent sales tax).