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Upcoming Lens Reviews of Sigma & Zeiss Glass
« on: March 16, 2014, 08:51:39 PM »

I have finally purchased the Zeiss Distagon T* 15mm f/2.8 and will be putting it through paces on a two week trip to Namibia beginning on April 6. For filters, I’ll be using the Sigma 95mm DG Circular Polarizer, as well as large Singh-Ray grads when needed.


My immediate first impressions are quite good, amazing build quality, great zoom ring  and the silly test shots looks terrific. I’ll be shooting exclusively with the EOS 6D on this trip.


Justin has received the Sigma 120-300 f/2.8 DG OS for review and he’ll be putting it through the paces with the EOS-1D X. He’s already shocked at the size and weight of the lens. No, it’s not a “hand holding” lens for most people. The first 2 negatives you can give the lens is the heavy and unnecessary metal lens hood and the equally enormous tripod foot. Third party accessory makers could surely knock a pound off the lens replacing both parts with lighter weight materials.


Optically and AF wise the lens is very good with initial test shots, Justin has the USB dock and will also put that through its paces.


Both reviews should be online some time in April, though I’ll be posting images from the Zeiss 15mm as the trip progresses.


Zeiss Distagon T* 15mm f/2.8 | Sigma 120-300 f/2.8 DG OS


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Upcoming Lens Reviews of Sigma & Zeiss Glass
« on: March 16, 2014, 08:51:39 PM »

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Re: Upcoming Lens Reviews of Sigma & Zeiss Glass
« Reply #1 on: March 16, 2014, 11:07:37 PM »
Last summer I pained over whether to purchase the Zeiss 15mm ( I do own the 21mm which is what was causing my drool factor over the 15mm!), or the Canon 17mm TSE and in the end I went with a great deal ($2089 inclds 4% Cash back at B&H) for a new "imported" 17mm.  LOVE the lens and coupled with "very good" performance with my 1.4X III, I feel as though I purchased two TSE lenses for the price of one. 
That was an extravagant lens purchase for me and I cannot justify owning both, (even thought there are some nice discounts now on the Zeiss if you order direct from Hong Kong). 
I know the lenses are not truly directly comparable, but they were for me regarding my shooting needs and budget...
I have made some of my most treasured Images with my 17mm TSE..but.....
I look forward to seeing the review and images here from the Zeiss...I will try to keep the drooling to a minimum!
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Re: Upcoming Lens Reviews of Sigma & Zeiss Glass
« Reply #2 on: March 17, 2014, 04:56:14 AM »
I imagine you meant focus ring, not zoom ring :-)

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Re: Upcoming Lens Reviews of Sigma & Zeiss Glass
« Reply #3 on: March 17, 2014, 11:49:14 AM »
I have the canon 14 - wonder how much better the zeiss 15 will be?

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Re: Upcoming Lens Reviews of Sigma & Zeiss Glass
« Reply #4 on: March 17, 2014, 12:34:19 PM »
I wonder how the Zeiss compares to the Samyang 14mm. Maybe even compared with ND filters. Really looking forward for the Zeiss review!

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Re: Upcoming Lens Reviews of Sigma & Zeiss Glass
« Reply #5 on: March 17, 2014, 12:51:12 PM »
Looking forward to both reviews - I really like that both of you focus on real-world use of the gear.

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Re: Upcoming Lens Reviews of Sigma & Zeiss Glass
« Reply #6 on: March 17, 2014, 01:27:46 PM »
Looking forward to both reviews - I really like that both of you focus on real-world use of the gear.

I agree with you, chart tests are too limited.
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Re: Upcoming Lens Reviews of Sigma & Zeiss Glass
« Reply #6 on: March 17, 2014, 01:27:46 PM »

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Re: Upcoming Lens Reviews of Sigma & Zeiss Glass
« Reply #7 on: March 17, 2014, 01:41:22 PM »
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Re: Upcoming Lens Reviews of Sigma & Zeiss Glass
« Reply #8 on: March 18, 2014, 01:33:53 AM »
W00T! Can't wait for that review. ( ͡° ͜ʖ ͡°)
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Re: Upcoming Lens Reviews of Sigma & Zeiss Glass
« Reply #8 on: March 18, 2014, 01:33:53 AM »