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Zeiss Distagon 15 f/2.8 ZE Official
« on: March 16, 2012, 08:29:04 AM »
Infinitely Wide – The new Distagon T* 2,8/15 super wide angle lens

After plenty of guessing by Carl Zeiss fans, it’s now official: the new super wide angle Distagon T* 2,8/15 lens has arrived. With an extra-large angle of view of 110 degrees in combination with a fast f/2.8 aperture, the lens enables the features for dramatic perspectives and performance demanded by the most ambitious landscape and architectural photographers. With a unique ability to capture events in a natural and extraordinary manner, it is also an ideal companion for advertising, journalism and commercial photography. It will be available with an EF (ZE) or F bayonet (ZF.2).

Read about it on the Zeiss blog

The lens will start shipping in May 2012 for a cool $2948 USD. It’ll be interesting to see how it stacks up against the Canon EF 14 f/2.8L II.

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Zeiss Distagon 15 f/2.8 ZE Official
« on: March 16, 2012, 08:29:04 AM »

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Re: Zeiss Distagon 15 f/2.8 ZE Official
« Reply #1 on: March 16, 2012, 08:32:54 AM »
filter thread or no......

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Re: Zeiss Distagon 15 f/2.8 ZE Official
« Reply #2 on: March 16, 2012, 08:40:25 AM »
looks good http://www.thephoblographer.com/2012/03/16/review-zeiss-15mm-f2-8-canon-ef-mount/
but i cant see a filter thread  so fml, i guess i should finally get a 17-40mm-L i hear they r pretty good  :P

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Re: Zeiss Distagon 15 f/2.8 ZE Official
« Reply #3 on: March 16, 2012, 08:43:29 AM »
 
filter thread or no......

 it takes 95mm filters apparently.

From http://blogs.zeiss.com/photo/en/?p=1567#more-1567

The 95mm filter thread accepts all standard filters.

The lens shade is integrated into the design and helps to protect the lens surface from unintentional damage. The 95mm filter thread accepts all standard filters, including the recently released Carl Zeiss T* UV and POL filters.

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Re: Zeiss Distagon 15 f/2.8 ZE Official
« Reply #4 on: March 16, 2012, 08:51:43 AM »
filter thread or no......

 it takes 95mm filters apparently.

From http://blogs.zeiss.com/photo/en/?p=1567#more-1567

The 95mm filter thread accepts all standard filters.

The lens shade is integrated into the design and helps to protect the lens surface from unintentional damage. The 95mm filter thread accepts all standard filters, including the recently released Carl Zeiss T* UV and POL filters.


thankyou :), but ouch 95mm filters i dont even want to know how much they cost but i guess it could be a really nice lens for landscapes then

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Re: Zeiss Distagon 15 f/2.8 ZE Official
« Reply #5 on: March 16, 2012, 08:57:08 AM »
The lens will start shipping in May 2012 for a cool $2948 USD. It’ll be interesting to see how it stacks up against the Canon EF 14 f/2.8L II.

This lens, while priced steeply, appears to have the specs of an absolute cracker. I'm very much encouraged by the 'exceptionally low distortion' statement by Zeiss, and the way it's being presented as a great lens for architectural 'togs. Can't wait for a review, preferably on the 5dIII or D800 ;-)

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Re: Zeiss Distagon 15 f/2.8 ZE Official
« Reply #6 on: March 16, 2012, 08:59:43 AM »
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thankyou :), but ouch 95mm filters i dont even want to know how much they cost but i guess it could be a really nice lens for landscapes then
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Well, I'm just relieved that it can take filters.

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« Reply #6 on: March 16, 2012, 08:59:43 AM »

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Re: Zeiss Distagon 15 f/2.8 ZE Official
« Reply #7 on: March 16, 2012, 09:07:35 AM »
filter thread or no......

 it takes 95mm filters apparently.

From http://blogs.zeiss.com/photo/en/?p=1567#more-1567

The 95mm filter thread accepts all standard filters.

The lens shade is integrated into the design and helps to protect the lens surface from unintentional damage. The 95mm filter thread accepts all standard filters, including the recently released Carl Zeiss T* UV and POL filters.


thankyou :), but ouch 95mm filters i dont even want to know how much they cost but i guess it could be a really nice lens for landscapes then


You are welcome.  But yes I winced at the thought of the price of 95mm filters too.  Helpfully though, Zeiss will happily sell you one apparently. :P 
Anyway, just had a quick look at B&H and they sell some 95mm B+W filters...  95mm CPol from $250 odd but guessing you would want/need the extra wide version for $300.

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Re: Zeiss Distagon 15 f/2.8 ZE Official
« Reply #8 on: March 16, 2012, 10:46:46 AM »
what no complaining about the price?
what´s up with you guys?

i guess not many want such a lens but can not afford it.. other then the 5D MK3 that many want and can not afford?   ;)
6D, 5D MK2, 7D, 550D... a lot of Glass.

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« Reply #9 on: March 16, 2012, 11:43:03 AM »
The question in my mind is this: Given it'll be manual focus, why not just get the Nikon 14-24mm f/2.8 with an EF adapter, and have the extra flexibility of the zoom? From what I can see, it's the best ultrawide in existence, prime or zoom. I suppose only thing that the Zeiss has in its favour is lower weight and the ability to accept filters. But apart from that, why would I want it, if it isn't significantly better?

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Re: Zeiss Distagon 15 f/2.8 ZE Official
« Reply #10 on: March 16, 2012, 12:19:12 PM »
Image comparisons are available on The Digital Picture:

Samyang 14mm @f2.8 vs Canon 14mm @f2.8
http://www.the-digital-picture.com/Reviews/ISO-12233-Sample-Crops.aspx?Lens=769&Camera=453&Sample=0&FLI=0&API=0&LensComp=454&CameraComp=453&SampleComp=0&FLIComp=0&APIComp=0

Nikon 14mm @f2.8 vs Canon 14mm @ f2.8
http://www.the-digital-picture.com/Reviews/ISO-12233-Sample-Crops.aspx?Lens=628&Sample=0&FLI=0&API=0&LensComp=454&CameraComp=453&SampleComp=0&FLIComp=0&APIComp=0
(The Nikon is so bad it has me confused. Must be an old lens.)

Nikon 14-24mm @ f2.8 vs Canon 14mm @ f2.8
http://www.the-digital-picture.com/Reviews/ISO-12233-Sample-Crops.aspx?Lens=615&Sample=0&FLI=0&API=0&LensComp=454&CameraComp=453&SampleComp=0&FLIComp=0&APIComp=0

Zeiss 15mm @ f2.8 vs Canon 14mm @ f2.8
http://www.the-digital-picture.com/Reviews/ISO-12233-Sample-Crops.aspx?Lens=794&Sample=0&FLI=0&API=0&LensComp=454&CameraComp=453&SampleComp=0&FLIComp=0&APIComp=0

The Nikon 14mm is bad.
The Nikon zoom is better.
The Samyang is good.
The Canon is good but lots of vignetting.
The Zeiss is better (has less distortion and CA).

Zeiss = $2950
Canon = $2199
Nikon 14-24mm = $1997
Nikon 14mm = $1529
Samyang = $399

Only the Zeiss supports filters.

The Samyang seems like a great way to start in the wide angle world.

The comparisons actually surprised me. There is a lot of talk about how Nikon is better at wide angle. These images do not show that to my eye.

I also looked at f8 and the results are similar but less pronounced.




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Re: Zeiss Distagon 15 f/2.8 ZE Official
« Reply #11 on: March 16, 2012, 12:30:00 PM »
i am totally happy with my Canon 14L II.  no complaints.

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Re: Zeiss Distagon 15 f/2.8 ZE Official
« Reply #12 on: March 16, 2012, 12:55:19 PM »
i am totally happy with my Canon 14L II.  no complaints.

Thanks, I didn't know about the samyang. It looks like a great buy!

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« Reply #13 on: March 16, 2012, 01:27:37 PM »
It takes screw in filters, but with the built in lens hood it doesn't look like you can use ND grads, etc.

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« Reply #14 on: March 16, 2012, 01:44:56 PM »
Nikon 14-24. Sorry, the 17tse blows it away - and using the shift can give you about 11mm. I have this lens and love it! The Nikon distorts pretty heavily. Less CA in the tse too. I don't know why people think there's no answer to the Nikon lens.

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« Reply #14 on: March 16, 2012, 01:44:56 PM »