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ZeissDistagon T* 18mm f/3.5 ZE Wide Angle Lens Canon EF Mounts
 
4.7

(based on 20 reviews)

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94%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Strong construction (12)
  • Durable (11)
  • Consistent output (10)
  • Rugged (10)
  • Easily interchangeable (6)

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Landscape/scenery (12)
    • Night photography (3)
    • Video (3)
      • Reviewer Profile:
      • Pro photographer (10), Semi-pro photographer (7), Photo enthusiast (3)
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    Most Liked Positive Review

     

    FANTASTIC!

    I do astro imaging this lens provides wide angle views of the heavens that defy the imagination! The southern Milky Way showed beautiful nebulosity and countless of stars all pin point to the edge...Read complete review

    I do astro imaging this lens provides wide angle views of the heavens that defy the imagination! The southern Milky Way showed beautiful nebulosity and countless of stars all pin point to the edge of the field. Well worth the price! So Glad I did not go any other route!

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    Most Liked Negative Review

     

    Too much distortion

    Maybe we were being naive to think it would distort less, but we were disappointed in the lens and returned it and used the credit to buy other gear instead. We felt we would...Read complete review

    Maybe we were being naive to think it would distort less, but we were disappointed in the lens and returned it and used the credit to buy other gear instead. We felt we would not use it because of our disappointment and would be better suited renting a quality wide if the need ever arised. For now, our 24mm will do for wides.

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    5.0

    Amazed with the lens

    By Leonardo

    from South Korea

    About Me Semi-pro Photographer

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          Comments about Zeiss Distagon T* 18mm f/3.5 ZE Wide Angle Lens Canon EF Mounts:

          Zeiss never lets us down...
          This is my second Zeiss lens and both of them are amazing. Specially this 18mm with a full frame camera.
          I strongly recommend purchase of this lens.

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          5.0

          Amazing Results

          By Dan the man

          from Guadalajara, Jalisco. Mexico

          About Me Semi-pro Photographer

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          Pros

          • Nice Bokeh
          • Rugged
          • Sharp
          • Strong Construction

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Landscape/Scenery
            • Video

            Comments about Zeiss Distagon T* 18mm f/3.5 ZE Wide Angle Lens Canon EF Mounts:

            I bought this lens because I needed a great wide lens for video and I had the 17-40mmL from Canon, which wasn't good enough for me.

            I bought it right away because I own the 35mm f1.4 and the 50mm f1.4 from Carl Zeiss and those are the best lenses I've ever had.

            The "Zeiss" quality was kept as I thought and I would recommend this lens to anyone who needs the best image quality in their videos. The best colors, sharpness and bokeh I've ever tried. (I own 3 Canon L lenses and 3 Sigma EX as my reference)

            For photo is great too, easier to focus than all the other Zeisses that I have, due to it's wideness. You just have to get used to manual focusing (I find it interesting and challenging)

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            4.0

            Nice prime / step about the zooms

            By DPphoto

            from San Jose, Ca

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                  Comments about Zeiss Distagon T* 18mm f/3.5 ZE Wide Angle Lens Canon EF Mounts:

                  The construction of this lens is fantastic, and it feels like what a good lens should... well made. It's a slight step above the nice Canon zooms in terms of sharpness and chromatic aberration.. and definitely sharper in the corners when shooting it around f/5.6 or f/8

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                  5.0

                  Zeiss 18mm essential for video

                  By Bill Pryor

                  from Kansas City, MO

                  About Me Pro Photographer

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Build Quality Perfection
                  • Consistent Output
                  • Durable
                  • Easily Interchangeable
                  • Expensive But Fair Price
                  • Heavy
                  • Nice Bokeh
                  • Perfection In Focus Feel
                  • Rugged
                  • Strong Construction

                  Cons

                  • I See No Negatives

                  Best Uses

                  • Any Wide Angle App

                  Comments about Zeiss Distagon T* 18mm f/3.5 ZE Wide Angle Lens Canon EF Mounts:

                  The Zeiss 18mm is the latest lens in my Zeiss ZE inventory and rounds out, at the wide end, the 50, 35 and 25 I have. I shoot video with a Sony FS100 digital cinema camera, which has an S35 size sensor. The 18mm has an effective crop of a 27mm lens on a full frame still camera. In a perfect world I'd have the 15mm, but the price of that admittedly excellent lens is a bit high for my needs today.

                  The 18 mm is, like all the Zeiss ZE lenses, heavy, solid and built to perfection. Since the front thread is 82mm, I'm going to have to invest in more ND filters. I had standardized on 77mm filters with stepup rings on all the lenses.

                  There's nothing to criticize about these lenses. For movie making it would be nice if they had the manual aperture ring like the ZF lenses, but the Metabones EF adapter makes my FS100 think it's a Canon mount camera. Since the camera is so fast with a native ISO of 500, the F3.5 is no problem. In fact, I often have to use ND filters for indoor shooting to allow me to use wider apertures when I want to.

                  If you can't afford the Zeiss CP.2 cine lenses, these still camera lenses are a great second best. I have heard that the CP lenses are the same as these still camera lenses but in a cine style housing with all manual aperture rings, no click stops, minimal breathing and a common size filter thread. But that's heresy so I can't vouch for the truth.

                  The really picky cinematographers who have used these lenses often say they're sharper and have a more neutral color rendering than the Canon L lenses. I have two Canon L zooms (24-105 and 70-200) and of course the Zeiss are cleaner and sharper. However, it's not fair to compare them with zooms. Their build quality, I believe, is significantly better than Canon's. There's no plastic in these lenses, and the manual focus rings feel like focus rings should feel. Some of the L lenses feel like the focus would shift in a strong breeze, because they're designed for electronic connection rather than for manual focus.

                  My next Zeiss ZE purchase will be either the 85 or the 100 macro. I'm leaning toward the 85 as the more useful of the two for my specific purposes.

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                  4.0

                  Cinematic Wide

                  By Carlos

                  from Sacramento, CA

                  About Me Pro Photographer

                  Pros

                  • Durable
                  • Rugged
                  • Strong Construction

                  Cons

                  • Chromatic abberations
                  • Poor in Low Light

                  Best Uses

                  • Landscape/Scenery

                  Comments about Zeiss Distagon T* 18mm f/3.5 ZE Wide Angle Lens Canon EF Mounts:

                  The one thing I noticed most is that this lens offers light contrast and more organic sharpness, more akin to a cinema than DSLR lens. While it isn't super sharp it does push a nice contrast gradient into your images. Lens flares are great if you want them but well controlled. The only thing I really dislike is CA, but that is most easily fixed in post. Get up close to your subjects and this lens shines!

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                  2.0

                  Too much distortion

                  By Adrian

                  from Los Angeles, CA

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                  Pros

                  • Nice Bokeh
                  • Strong Construction

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Weddings/Events

                    Comments about Zeiss Distagon T* 18mm f/3.5 ZE Wide Angle Lens Canon EF Mounts:

                    Maybe we were being naive to think it would distort less, but we were disappointed in the lens and returned it and used the credit to buy other gear instead. We felt we would not use it because of our disappointment and would be better suited renting a quality wide if the need ever arised. For now, our 24mm will do for wides.

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                    5.0

                    Very Impressed!

                    By hhibrit

                    from Ridgeland, SC

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                    Pros

                    • Consistent Output
                    • Durable
                    • Easily Interchangeable
                    • Lightweight
                    • Rugged
                    • Strong Construction

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                      • Indoors/Low Light
                      • Landscape/Scenery
                      • Night Photography

                      Comments about Zeiss Distagon T* 18mm f/3.5 ZE Wide Angle Lens Canon EF Mounts:

                      I specialize in Real Estate and Architectural Photography. This lens is incredibly sharp, corner to corner. Color/contrast is definitely an improvement over Canon L Series Lenses. ( I have 9, including a 14 mm F2.8L) Manual focus on this lens is actually quicker to achieve than the auto on the 14mm, especially in low light.

                      I use DxO Optics Pro, not Photoshop, to edit images. Any barrel/pincushion distortion, vignetting is automatically dealt with. I have not had any issues with Chromatic aberration yet but I'll be giving the lens a good workout on this very shortly!
                      I would recommend using Zeiss filters with all Zeiss lenses. I normally use B+W (fabulous!) on all my Canon lenses but the end results just don't feel/look right on the Zeiss lens. This comment is purely subjective.

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                      5.0

                      FANTASTIC!

                      By The Galaxy Being

                      from Jadwin, MO

                      About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

                      • Consistent Output
                      • Durable
                      • Easily Interchangeable
                      • Flat Field no Coma
                      • Rugged
                      • Strong Construction

                      Cons

                      • No cons for me

                      Best Uses

                      • Landscape/Scenery
                      • Meteor capture
                      • Night Photography

                      Comments about Zeiss Distagon T* 18mm f/3.5 ZE Wide Angle Lens Canon EF Mounts:

                      I do astro imaging this lens provides wide angle views of the heavens that defy the imagination! The southern Milky Way showed beautiful nebulosity and countless of stars all pin point to the edge of the field. Well worth the price! So Glad I did not go any other route!

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                      5.0

                      A MUST HAVE! MAKES EDITING EASIER

                      By MODEVLvsDIRECTOR

                      from CHICAGO, IL

                      About Me Semi-pro Photographer

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                      Pros

                      • Durable
                      • Good Video Quality
                      • Great Picture Quality

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

                          Comments about Zeiss Distagon T* 18mm f/3.5 ZE Wide Angle Lens Canon EF Mounts:

                          SHOTS ARE BEAUTIFUL AND I SPEND LESS TIME COLOR CORRECTING BECAUSE IT PICKS UP COLOR REALLY WELL. IT ALSO SHOOTS WELL EVEN IN LOW LIGHTING SITUATIONS. I USE IT WITH MY CANON 7D. I RECOMMENED IT BE APART OF YOUR KIT! YOU WILL LOVE IT!

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                          5.0

                          Great Lens

                          By Yair Granados

                          from Houston, TX

                          About Me Pro Photographer

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                          Pros

                          • Consistent Output
                          • Durable
                          • Easily Interchangeable
                          • Fast / accurate auto-focus
                          • Lightweight
                          • Nice Bokeh
                          • Rugged
                          • Strong Construction

                          Cons

                            Best Uses

                            • Landscape/Scenery
                            • Weddings/Events

                            Comments about Zeiss Distagon T* 18mm f/3.5 ZE Wide Angle Lens Canon EF Mounts:

                            I use for vistas,.. it's a great lens

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                            4.0

                            Horses for courses

                            By Bill R

                            from Australia

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                            Pros

                            • Consistent Output
                            • Easily Interchangeable
                            • Nice Bokeh
                            • Strong Construction

                            Cons

                              Best Uses

                              • Landscape/Scenery

                              Comments about Zeiss Distagon T* 18mm f/3.5 ZE Wide Angle Lens Canon EF Mounts:

                              I have EF 17-40 F/4, 16-35 F/2.8 and am getting more and more fussy about image quality. From my research, the Carl Zeiss 21mm has the best reputation, but so much of my landscape shooting is done at the UWA, so I opted for the 18mm.
                              Having compared the CZ 18mm f/3.5 and the Canon 16-35 @ 18mm* for the past 2 weeks, I am of the mind that the Canon lens holds up well for corner to corner sharpness and distortion.
                              Given the zoom, that, in my opinion, makes the Canon lens more versitile. An obvious comment, but an important one when looking at shelling out good money.
                              The saving grace for the Carl Zeiss lens, I am finding the colour and contrast a touch more pleasing than the EF 16-35mm f/2.8.

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                              5.0

                              Amazingly Sharp

                              By Big Red Dog

                              from Aspen, CO

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                              Pros

                              • Consistent Output
                              • Durable
                              • Rugged
                              • Strong Construction

                              Cons

                              • Contrasty

                              Best Uses

                              • Landscape/Scenery
                              • Sports/Action
                              • Video

                              Comments about Zeiss Distagon T* 18mm f/3.5 ZE Wide Angle Lens Canon EF Mounts:

                              This Lens is super sharp. I love it. It's also very contrasty. It takes some getting used to. It's a tough lens to use in harsh light or dim light because the Highlights go and the Blacks are blocked up but it makes you really pay attention to the light. If you can simplify the light or shoot in non contrasty situations this bad boy shines. Amazing lens.

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                              5.0

                              It is a zeiss

                              By northwind

                              from beirut, lebanon

                              About Me Pro Photographer

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                              Pros

                              • Consistent Output
                              • Durable
                              • Rugged
                              • Strong Construction

                              Cons

                                Best Uses

                                • Indoors/Low Light
                                • Landscape/Scenery
                                • Video

                                Comments about Zeiss Distagon T* 18mm f/3.5 ZE Wide Angle Lens Canon EF Mounts:

                                very useful for video shooting, well built and it is as advertised, I use it with the D5 MKII, manual focus is a must.

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                                5.0

                                Love this lens

                                By GJM

                                from Atlanta, GA

                                About Me Photo Enthusiast

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                                Pros

                                • Consistent Output
                                • Durable
                                • Rugged
                                • Strong Construction

                                Cons

                                  Best Uses

                                  • Landscape/Scenery

                                  Comments about Zeiss Distagon T* 18mm f/3.5 ZE Wide Angle Lens Canon EF Mounts:

                                  I use this lens with a Canon 7d recently and was able to capture sharp landscape photos. It feels solid. The lens hood is metal and not plastic which enhances its durability. This Zeiss lens was my first...but it may not be my last.

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                                  5.0

                                  Close and Wide

                                  By Mike

                                  from South Shore Lake Erie

                                  About Me Photo Enthusiast

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                                  Pros

                                  • Short

                                  Cons

                                    Best Uses

                                    • Wide angle lens

                                    Comments about Zeiss Distagon T* 18mm f/3.5 ZE Wide Angle Lens Canon EF Mounts:

                                    On my 7D the effective focal length is just shy of 29mm and on my better half's 10s film camera it will capture the grand panoramas she appreciates. I wanted something easy to carry - compact and discreet - while providing the ability to capture the entire group and scene at various family events (close quarters indoors and outdoor cookouts). I have captured nice colorful pictures indoors and out with this lens and quality edge to edge is very satisfying even cropped.

                                    This fills my wide angle portfolio-gap and now I will no longer whine about my 24-70 mounted on the film camera. I really liked the reviews on the Zeiss 21mm but their 18mm is appreciably shorter (one inch) and wider by an effective 9 or 10mm focal length compared to the wide end of my 24-70mm lens.

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                                    5.0

                                    A solid wide angle lens

                                    By LightBulb Entertainment

                                    from Venice, CA

                                    About Me Pro Photographer

                                    Verified Buyer

                                    Pros

                                    • Durable
                                    • Solid Construction

                                    Cons

                                    • Chromatic aberration

                                    Best Uses

                                      Comments about Zeiss Distagon T* 18mm f/3.5 ZE Wide Angle Lens Canon EF Mounts:

                                      I've read reviews that show a fairly decent comparison between this lens and the Canon 14mm T/S. For some reason the tilt shift does a better job of controlling chromatic aberration. However, other than that, which is an issue I fix in photoshop, this lens is fantastic. It's the widest I would go while shooting video, you're on the very boundary of getting a spherical shift that takes the audience out of the moment, it's got a 99 degree field of view.

                                      HDR looks great with this wide panoramic perspective, it's a beautiful lens.

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                                      5.0

                                      Awesome sharp !

                                      By Ray Cho

                                      from Chino hills,CA

                                      About Me Semi-pro Photographer

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                                      Pros

                                      • Consistent Output

                                      Cons

                                      • NONE

                                      Best Uses

                                      • Landscape/Scenery

                                      Comments about Zeiss Distagon T* 18mm f/3.5 ZE Wide Angle Lens Canon EF Mounts:

                                      I am very happy with this lens.
                                      I have had another 21mm zeiss.
                                      These two are my favorites.

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                                      5.0

                                      Could Not Be More Pleased

                                      By mp

                                      from El Paso, TX

                                      About Me Semi-pro Photographer

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                                      Pros

                                      • Consistent Output
                                      • Durable
                                      • Easily Interchangeable
                                      • Nice Bokeh
                                      • Rugged
                                      • Strong Construction

                                      Cons

                                      • Heavy

                                      Best Uses

                                      • Landscape/Scenery
                                      • Night Photography
                                      • Wildlife Photos

                                      Comments about Zeiss Distagon T* 18mm f/3.5 ZE Wide Angle Lens Canon EF Mounts:

                                      Fantastic lens for Canon EF System
                                      Makes my new Canon 5D Mark II go from "wow" to "out of this world quality.
                                      Looking forward to purchasing another.

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                                      5.0

                                      Incredibly Sharp Lens!

                                      By waterimages

                                      from Miami, Florida

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                                      Pros

                                      • Sharp

                                      Cons

                                      • Silver Filter Thread Ring

                                      Best Uses

                                        Comments about Zeiss Distagon T* 18mm f/3.5 ZE Wide Angle Lens Canon EF Mounts:

                                        I bought this lens after testing a friend's head to head against my Canon 16-35mm. After seeing the results, I could barely look at the edges of my 16-35, they were that soft in comparison! The Zeiss is a beautifully made lens, that is incredibly sharp from center to corner, from edge to edge.

                                        My one con is that Zeiss made the filter ring out of shiny silver. I find that it easily reflects in all kinds of surfaces. Flat black would have been much better.

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                                        5.0

                                        Awesome lens

                                        By Manic

                                        from New Zealand

                                        About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                                        Verified Buyer

                                        Pros

                                        • Sharp

                                        Cons

                                        • NONE

                                        Best Uses

                                        • Landscape/Scenery

                                        Comments about Zeiss Distagon T* 18mm f/3.5 ZE Wide Angle Lens Canon EF Mounts:

                                        I'm really pleased with this lens, I am running it on a 5D mk2. It is super sharp right into the edges which is something that I'd struggled to get out of other lenses in this category.

                                        I was a little nervous about the manual focus but it's great easy to use and I think it improves my photography as it slows me down a little.

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