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Zeiss 18mm f/3.5 Distagon for ZE in 2009

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It’s coming
The one lens in the Zeiss lineup I’m interested in actually using is the 18mm f/3.5 Distagon.

Zeiss is showing the lens at the Photo Expo show in Tokyo and will be available near the end of 2009.

Probably looking in the $1300 range for the lens.

A small Luminous Landscapes review of it:…

I’d like to know when the Makro-Planar 100mm f/2 is coming for ZE. This is another lens that I would seriously consider. I seem to spend a lot of time in MF with my Canon 100 Macro, I probably wouldn’t miss a beat.


15 responses to “Zeiss 18mm f/3.5 Distagon for ZE in 2009”

  1. One of “those” lenses really, there will be people who will pay a lot of money just to say “it’s Zeiss”. Good luck snobs and pixel-peepers.

  2. By coincidence, I was looking at the Zeiss site 2 days ago for wide lens availability.

    If Canon does not come out with something in this range soon that is of similar quality, I will probably get the Nikkor 14-24mm F:/2.8 with the 16-9 adaptor. Somehow, it seems to be a better value than the Zeiss, and quality is amazing.

    The Zeiss will undoubtedly be easier to focus, but the “In Focus” indicator on Canon DSLR’s will work for both lenses, and for a ultra wide, focus is not as critical due to the huge depth of field.

  3. the 100/2 is a really nice lens… i had it adapted for a while but got sick and tiered of the stop down metering (and I needed money for other stuff)…. if/when it comes out with the autoaperture I would be interested in getting it, along with the 50/2 makro and either the 21 or 18 distagons (yea…. that a lot of cash I need to save up… but Ive got time).

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