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Zeiss 15 vs Canon 14
« on: May 24, 2013, 11:13:51 PM »
I have found limited reviews of this pair.

From what I have read the Canon falls off faster and to a greater degree in the edges/corners than does the Zeiss.

Has anyone compared  this pair?  Is my summary correct?  Anything else to add?

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Zeiss 15 vs Canon 14
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Re: Zeiss 15 vs Canon 14
« Reply #1 on: May 25, 2013, 12:15:07 AM »
From the images I've seen, the Zeiss is head and shoulders better, and priced to match.
 
Of course, there are some with enough money to buy it as a hobby, but many of them are not expert reviewers.
 
I'm waiting on a Lens Rental Review, perhaps he did one and I missed it.  Here is what Roger says.
 
http://www.lensrentals.com/rent/nikon/lenses/wide-angle/zeiss-zf.2-15mm-f2.8-for-nikon#
 
You can easily see the difference here:  Its sharper center, mid frame, and ciorners.
 
http://www.the-digital-picture.com/Reviews/ISO-12233-Sample-Crops.aspx?Lens=794&Camera=453&Sample=0&FLI=0&API=0&LensComp=454&CameraComp=0&FLIComp=0&APIComp=0

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Re: Zeiss 15 vs Canon 14
« Reply #2 on: May 28, 2013, 09:16:23 PM »
The link shows several things, but the big one is the distortion that the 14L2 displays. It's CA is a bit harsh too.

Whatever your choice, it's a lot of moolah. So - assuming you still want to play, you might consider the TS-E 17/4L. It can be used to provide coverage equivalent to 11.8 mm (in pano mode as a 52x24 frame) or about 12.3 mm (when you make up a 4-exposure 50x32 image and 12.8 mm when used to simulate a 48x36 MF frame.)

Beside the versatility of the tilt and shift, the lens also accepts a 1.4x tc and is difficult to distinguish from the 24/3.5L (except that the field curvature is different.)

Fwiw, this is exactly why I don't own a ZE 15/2.8... I use a tripod for landscapes and architecture.
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Re: Zeiss 15 vs Canon 14
« Reply #3 on: May 28, 2013, 09:29:43 PM »
I have used two different 14mm MkII's, they were both totally underwhelming. I couldn't recommend one to anybody going from my experience with them.
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Re: Zeiss 15 vs Canon 14
« Reply #4 on: May 28, 2013, 09:53:46 PM »
Zeiss 15mm vs Canon 14mm is no contest. Zeiss wins.
I am deciding between Zeiss 15mm and Canon TSE 17mm.  That is a tough decision.
5D Mark III, Canon 15mm f/2.8 Fisheye, Canon 17mm f/4L TS-E, Canon 16-35mm f/4L IS, 21mm f/2.8 Zeiss, Sigma 35mm f/1.4, 24-70mm f/2.8 II, 50mm f/1.4 Sigma Art, 85mm f/1.2L, 100mm f/2.8L Macro,70-200mm f/2.8L IS II...1.4x converter III, and some other stuff.....

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Re: Zeiss 15 vs Canon 14
« Reply #5 on: May 28, 2013, 10:08:38 PM »
I want to go as wide as I can.  Also I normally shoot at F8 or F11, almost never wide open

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Re: Zeiss 15 vs Canon 14
« Reply #6 on: May 28, 2013, 10:14:58 PM »
What is your intended output?

I know a world leading (in his field) pro photographer and his primary lens is the Sigma 12-24, he absolutely swears by it.

I have the 17 and it is without equal in the ultra wide stakes, even if the Zeiss is fractionally "sharper" the additional functionality of the TS-E make it a far more accomplished lens.
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« Reply #6 on: May 28, 2013, 10:14:58 PM »

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Re: Zeiss 15 vs Canon 14
« Reply #7 on: May 29, 2013, 01:26:55 AM »
What is your intended output?

I know a world leading (in his field) pro photographer and his primary lens is the Sigma 12-24, he absolutely swears by it.

I have the 17 and it is without equal in the ultra wide stakes, even if the Zeiss is fractionally "sharper" the additional functionality of the TS-E make it a far more accomplished lens.

Prints, 16x24 (or a tad bit larger), slightly cropped, using a 5DM3.

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Re: Zeiss 15 vs Canon 14
« Reply #8 on: May 29, 2013, 07:19:48 AM »
What is your intended output?

I know a world leading (in his field) pro photographer and his primary lens is the Sigma 12-24, he absolutely swears by it.

I have the 17 and it is without equal in the ultra wide stakes, even if the Zeiss is fractionally "sharper" the additional functionality of the TS-E make it a far more accomplished lens.
I would get the TS-17 (Actually I do have it!)

As you said it has no equal. Period!

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Re: Zeiss 15 vs Canon 14
« Reply #9 on: June 01, 2013, 11:49:17 AM »
Everyone told me to get the Ts-e 17mm tilt shift when I asked about the Zeiss 15mm. I bought it and I'm keeping it. Definitely works for me. I got the right information.

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Re: Zeiss 15 vs Canon 14
« Reply #10 on: June 01, 2013, 01:46:22 PM »
For me it is Zeiss 15/2.8 vs TS-E 17L.
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Re: Zeiss 15 vs Canon 14
« Reply #11 on: June 01, 2013, 02:00:48 PM »
i'd love a zeiss 15mm but decided to slum it with a samyang 14mm. It gets it done just fine, better(sharper) than my 16-35mmv2 was. The build seems okay, but Roger at lensrentals says internally it's not so great, but as he points out, one could buy new replacement for the cost of a typical repair to something like the canon 14mml.

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Re: Zeiss 15 vs Canon 14
« Reply #12 on: June 02, 2013, 03:02:46 AM »
i'd love a zeiss 15mm but decided to slum it with a samyang 14mm. It gets it done just fine, better(sharper) than my 16-35mmv2 was. The build seems okay, but Roger at lensrentals says internally it's not so great, but as he points out, one could buy new replacement for the cost of a typical repair to something like the canon 14mml.

Thanks - I must say I am not a fan of use and toss lenses.  If they will not hold up, I'll tend to skip them

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Re: Zeiss 15 vs Canon 14
« Reply #12 on: June 02, 2013, 03:02:46 AM »