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Zeiss28mm f/2.0 Distagon T* Lens with ZE Mount for Canon EF Mount SLRs
 
4.7

(based on 13 reviews)

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Pros

  • Durable (9)
  • Strong construction (8)
  • Rugged (7)
  • Consistent output (5)
  • Easily interchangeable (5)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Landscape/scenery (5)
  • Low light (4)
  • Night photography (3)
  • Video (3)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Semi-pro photographer (6), Photo enthusiast (4), Pro photographer (3)
    • Was this a gift?:
    • No (8)

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(3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

For the creative photographer

By Ormsby

from Carson City, NV

About Me Pro Photographer

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Excellent Value
  • Inspiring
  • Strong Construction
  • Versatile

Cons

    Best Uses

    • The Never-tried-before

    Comments about Zeiss 28mm f/2.0 Distagon T* Lens with ZE Mount for Canon EF Mount SLRs:

    I wanted a lens that can do a little more than just record a scene with boring, sterile accuracy; a lens that has personality and wants to be studied to reveal its potential.

    The 28/2 Distagon is such a lens. It has a strong field curvature at wide apertures, something that will turn into an asset when properly understood. Take shots of the living room carpet at different apertures to get an idea of the curvature's shape and apply it to compositions that will benefit from unique selective focus. You'll never again want to use a convenient lens.

    The field curvature is gone by 5.6, and from there on the lens is tack sharp, corner-to-corner.

    I recommend this lens for all photographers who want to discover the artist inside and are willing to work a little bit for it. They will enjoy great rewards.

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    (3 of 10 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Love it

    By TN Photography

    from Pittsburgh, PA

    About Me Pro Photographer

    Verified Reviewer

    Pros

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

    Cons

      Best Uses

        Comments about Zeiss 28mm f/2.0 Distagon T* Lens with ZE Mount for Canon EF Mount SLRs:

        This Zeiss lens along with their other lenses are incredible. I'm experienced with all types of high end glass from L series to Hasselblad and can say without a doubt that this line of Zeiss lenses are the absolute highest image quality you can hope for.

        Stop reading this review and order your lens now.

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        (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        my favorite lens

        By christopherMICHIGAN

        from detroit, mi

        About Me Pro Photographer

        Pros

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

        Cons

          Best Uses

            Comments about Zeiss 28mm f/2.0 Distagon T* Lens with ZE Mount for Canon EF Mount SLRs:

            i shoot mostly video with the 7D and this lens always seems to have the right perspective. i love it. it's sharp as a tack, the focus is perfectly smooth, color and contrast are exceptional. highly recommend it.

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            5.0

            Another quality Zeiss product

            By Hobbit

            from Fairfield County, CT

            About Me Photo Enthusiast

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Durable
            • Rugged
            • Strong Construction

            Cons

            • Flimsy lens cap

            Best Uses

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

            Comments about Zeiss 28mm f/2.0 Distagon T* Lens with ZE Mount for Canon EF Mount SLRs:

            Solidly built; no plastic to be seen. A professional piece of glass.

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            • No

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            (7 of 8 customers found this review helpful)

             
            4.0

            Great lens overall, 1 annoying con

            By Ted

            from Outside of USA

            About Me Semi-pro Photographer

            Verified Reviewer

            Pros

            • Great build quality
            • Nice Bokeh

            Cons

            • Color fringing
            • Heavy

            Best Uses

            • Indoors/Low Light

            Comments about Zeiss 28mm f/2.0 Distagon T* Lens with ZE Mount for Canon EF Mount SLRs:

            First impression of this lens is build quality. It does feels like an expensive lens. Focusing is so smooth. However if you like lightweight lens you may want to think about it. Regarding picture quality, I love its contrasty look. But beware when you shoot against light source. I found purple-color fringing is rather annoying.

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            • No

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            (2 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            The Perfect Wide Angle Lens

            By JacobMendel

            from Ann Arbor, MI

            About Me Semi-pro Photographer

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

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

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Macro Photography
              • Video

              Comments about Zeiss 28mm f/2.0 Distagon T* Lens with ZE Mount for Canon EF Mount SLRs:

              Stunning. Great for Stereoscopy and the images are gorgeous.

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              • No

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              (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

               
              5.0

              Outstanding Lens

              By photo-man

              from San Antonio, TX

              About Me Semi-pro Photographer

              Verified Buyer

              Comments about Zeiss 28mm f/2.0 Distagon T* Lens with ZE Mount for Canon EF Mount SLRs:

              Outstanding lens, very sharp, vivid colors.

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              • No

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              (2 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

               
              5.0

              Extremely Clear Establishing Shots

              By Shorcut Productions

              from New York/New Jersey

              About Me Semi-pro Photographer

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

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

              Cons

              • Not great lens covers

              Best Uses

              • Indoors/Low Light
              • Landscape/Scenery
              • Night Photography
              • Sports/Action
              • Video
              • Weddings/Events

              Comments about Zeiss 28mm f/2.0 Distagon T* Lens with ZE Mount for Canon EF Mount SLRs:

              Using with Canon EOS 7d = Beautiful

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              • No

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              (5 of 11 customers found this review helpful)

               
              4.0

              Good but not perfect

              By Robert

              from Toronto

              About Me Photo Enthusiast

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Durable
              • Easily Interchangeable
              • Rugged
              • Strong Construction

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Landscape/Scenery

                Comments about Zeiss 28mm f/2.0 Distagon T* Lens with ZE Mount for Canon EF Mount SLRs:

                Haven't used it much yet but I mostly liked the results.
                I was a bit disappointed with the color fringing of darker objects against the highlights when viewed 100% but was able to cleanup that up with PS.

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                (7 of 7 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                5.0

                Stunning optics

                By Edward the Nth

                from Chicago, IL

                About Me Photo Enthusiast

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

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

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Indoors/Low Light
                  • Landscape/Scenery
                  • Macro Photography
                  • Night Photography
                  • Sports/Action
                  • Video

                  Comments about Zeiss 28mm f/2.0 Distagon T* Lens with ZE Mount for Canon EF Mount SLRs:

                  I use this prime with the Canon 7D and have no complaints whatsoever. Images are super-sharp and clear, color fidelity is outstanding. Manual focus is responsive and easy to do.

                  More importantly--and if you can afford the admittedly hefty price tag--this lens is a must for anyone interested in HDSLR videography. Just the right blend (to my eye) of contrast and sharpness.

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                  (43 of 47 customers found this review helpful)

                   
                  4.0

                  Very Good Optics, But...

                  By Ken

                  from Chicago

                  About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                  Pros

                  • Durable
                  • SHARP

                  Cons

                  • Bulky
                  • Heavy

                  Best Uses

                    Comments about Zeiss 28mm f/2.0 Distagon T* Lens with ZE Mount for Canon EF Mount SLRs:

                    This lens follows faithfully in the footsteps of Zeiss's heritage of excellent optics. (Based on photo-only use with a Canon 5DII, a 5D, and a 1DsIII.) This manual-focus lens captures razor-sharp, distortion-free images corner-to-corner. Like most Zeiss lenses the image tends to be a bit contrasty and also a bit warmer than a Canon lens. You should also note that the lens does have quite a marked edge light fall-off (vignette) wide-open at f/2.0.Before buying this lens I strongly recommend that you honestly consider your profile. This lens is much more costly, much larger/heavier, and a tad slower than the Canon EF 28mm f/1.8 lens. It's also going to be a little slower to focus. In comparing images captured at identical exposure settings between this lens and the Canon frankly it would be hard to make a strong case for spending the additional [$] for this lens unless you really need this lens's characteristics. Most people will be equally well-served by the much less costly, much smaller/lighter Canon 28mm lens.You might also consider getting a higher-resolution focusing screen for your Canon.So overall I would recommend this lens but only to someone who was jonesing for a top-notch manual lens without regard for other characteristics.

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                    (7 of 7 customers found this review helpful)

                     
                    4.0

                    Great little lens

                    By Mirek

                    from Bellevue, WA

                    About Me Photo Enthusiast

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • Excellent contrast
                    • Great color
                    • Very sharp
                    • Very smooth focusing

                    Cons

                    • Moderate CA

                    Best Uses

                    • Family Photos
                    • Landscape/Scenery
                    • Travel

                    Comments about Zeiss 28mm f/2.0 Distagon T* Lens with ZE Mount for Canon EF Mount SLRs:

                    Excellent contrast and color rendering. Sharpness is comparable to best Canon lenses like 135/2. Flare control is very good. This lens has moderate amount of chromatic aberration, which can be removed in some RAW converters, but some Zeiss ZE lenses have better correction.

                    The focusing ring is very smooth and focusing is much easier than manual focus on Canon AF lenses.

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                    (13 of 13 customers found this review helpful)

                     
                    5.0

                    A Terrific Lens, Very Sharp

                    By djdister

                    from Crofton, MD

                    About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • Durable
                    • Great Features
                    • Great Picture Quality

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                      • Architecture
                      • Interiors
                      • Landscapes
                      • Travel

                      Comments about Zeiss 28mm f/2.0 Distagon T* Lens with ZE Mount for Canon EF Mount SLRs:

                      This lens is a bit of a throwback, but a very good, sharp throwback. I appreciate my Canon 5D and the various L series lenses, but using this on my 5D is like going back in time to the heavier, well made, sharp-as-a-tack lenses of 25-30 years ago. Yes, you have to focus manually, but that isn't a big problem with a wide angle lens. I also find that my raw files need less to zero sharpening in Photoshop because they just start out sharper when using this lens versus the various L lenses I have.

                      A truly great lens, and one which I am glad to have deviated from the Canon line.

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