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ZeissDistagon T* 18mm F/3.5 ZF.2 Lens for Nikon F-Mount Cameras
 
4.7

(based on 15 reviews)

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93%

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Pros

  • Durable (13)
  • Strong construction (13)
  • Rugged (11)
  • Consistent output (9)
  • Easily interchangeable (8)

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Landscape/scenery (13)
    • Night photography (4)
    • Video (4)
    • Weddings (3)
      • Was this a gift?:
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      • Reviewer Profile:
      • Semi-pro photographer (7), Pro photographer (6)

    Most Liked Positive Review

     

    Good Lens for Travelling

    It was getting hard to choose de ideal lenses kit for my new Nikon D800. I already had a 24-70, 50 -1.4 and a surprisingly good 28-300 bought with the camera,...Read complete review

    It was getting hard to choose de ideal lenses kit for my new Nikon D800. I already had a 24-70, 50 -1.4 and a surprisingly good 28-300 bought with the camera, so I needed a wide angle. Alternatives were, Nikon 16-35 VR, Nikon 14-24 and Zeiss Distagon 18-3.5. The 16-35 was sold out so I picked the Zeiss and the 14-24 for 2 days walkaround in NYC. No doubt the best lens, as many say, is the 14-24 but I end up returning it in favor of the Zeiss.
    14-24:
    - Doesn't accept filters which is a drawback. However the front cover protects the lens when in the bag.
    - Is quite heavy and bulky so less practical for walk around and travel
    - Very expensive
    - Zoom capability with better quality than most fix lenses
    - Very fast lens, with exceptional clarity
    - Good construction
    - Excellent quality in most conditions. Some minimal distortion as normal in such a lens, when at 14mm.

    Zeiss
    - Good overall quality. Well built
    - Light and small for the type, good for traveling
    - Not a zoom and however not better than the 14-24 image quality wise but still excellent, with very good color rendition. Quite sharp, just a little less than the 14-24.
    - Not so wide (18 vs 14) and not do fast (3.5 s 2.8), which is evident in dark ambiances
    - Still a very nice lens, very easy to use, smooth manual focus, although somehow difficult to focus in dark and low contrast ambiances. Nikon electronics helps but, is not perfect.
    - Front cap could be better but does its job, wondering for how long.

    I believe its a very good choice for someone's bag, for tavelling, vacation and general use and walk around. I found out that the 14-24 should be more for professionals, despite my camera deserves only the very best lenses to render all its potential. I believe the 18 - 3.5 is up to it, considering the use and alternatives I tested.
    The main reason that made me go for this review, was however, the excellent and already world recognized service at B&H store, NYC. I confess I pushed it a bit this time and I think their service is improving each time I visit it. Congrats to you guys.

    VS

    Most Liked Negative Review

     

    Zeiss Disappointment

    I used this lens in daylight and was not pleased with the results. THe edge sharpness was not as expected and I was not thrilled with the overall sharpness that Zeiss lenses are known...Read complete review

    I used this lens in daylight and was not pleased with the results. THe edge sharpness was not as expected and I was not thrilled with the overall sharpness that Zeiss lenses are known for. so, these lenses might have the Zeiss name; but they are not the lenses that used to be made in Germany.

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    5.0

    Great fixed focus lens

    By Eric

    from Clarksdale, MS

    About Me Pro Photographer

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    Pros

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

    Cons

    • Heavy

    Best Uses

    • Landscape/Scenery
    • Weddings/Events

    Comments about Zeiss Distagon T* 18mm F/3.5 ZF.2 Lens for Nikon F-Mount Cameras:

    Incredibly sharp out to the corners, great contrast. A far superior lens to any of Nikon's equivalent or even close focal length lenses. I have the Nikon 16-35mm F4 VR zoom and it is very sharp, though not so much as this lens. I also tend to use very little in between wide 16 or 18 and then 35mm so I am happy with this lens and a Nikon 35mm F2 - together they weigh less and take up less space in my bag than the one 16-35mm zoom. I also like that it isn't autofocus on my D800E - really, at 18mm who needs autofocus so long as you've got a good depth of field indicator on the lens, which this one does. Focus is smooth, the lens seems very well built.

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    4.0

    Solid Wide Angle

    By Amudgarden

    from Phoenix, MD

    About Me Semi-pro Photographer

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    Pros

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

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Landscape/Scenery

      Comments about Zeiss Distagon T* 18mm F/3.5 ZF.2 Lens for Nikon F-Mount Cameras:

      If you purchase this with the intention of using it as a wide-angle landscape lens, outdoors at sunset or sunrise, you will be very satisfied. It's not overpriced (see Leica), won't auto focus, but will do what any well built lens should: offer the experienced photographer the ability to produce extremely crisp, sharp, high contrast images. Minor barrel distortion near the edges (just like every wide-angle DSLR lens) which can be cured easily via Photoshop. Stopped down, this lens does a very good job sharpening points of light into stars, which makes it good for night-time or twilight cityscape shots.

      I can't see a situation where I'd want to use this lens without a tripod...but with the high ISO DSLRs we have these days, it could easily be used hand-held if you want to.

      The 21mm and 15mm Distagons produce higher quality, sharper images with better overall contrast especially along the edges (and are faster lenses capable of producing better bokeh). I'd much rather opt for the 15 or 21 if I had to choose just one, but this is still a very capable and high quality lens. It feels like a Zeiss in your hands...solid as if hewn from cast iron, and the focus ring moves with a subtle smoothness that only Leica can match.

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      5.0

      Solid-built wide angle lens

      By Weny

      from NW Camala Dr. Albany OR.

      About Me Semi-pro Photographer

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      Pros

      • Durable
      • Rugged
      • Strong Construction

      Cons

      • Plastic Lens Cap
      • Small focus ring

      Best Uses

      • Landscape/Scenery
      • Night Photography

      Comments about Zeiss Distagon T* 18mm F/3.5 ZF.2 Lens for Nikon F-Mount Cameras:

      Overall, it is a solid-built lens from Zeiss. Feeling tough holding in hand. I don't shoot large aperture with this lens because it's for landscapes, so the f/3.5 is OK for me.
      The image quality turns out pretty good as expected.

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      4.0

      Good Lens for Travelling

      By Aviator

      from Lisbon, POR

      About Me Photo Enthusiast

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      Pros

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

      Cons

      • Low light focus not easy

      Best Uses

      • Landscape/Scenery
      • Video

      Comments about Zeiss Distagon T* 18mm F/3.5 ZF.2 Lens for Nikon F-Mount Cameras:

      It was getting hard to choose de ideal lenses kit for my new Nikon D800. I already had a 24-70, 50 -1.4 and a surprisingly good 28-300 bought with the camera, so I needed a wide angle. Alternatives were, Nikon 16-35 VR, Nikon 14-24 and Zeiss Distagon 18-3.5. The 16-35 was sold out so I picked the Zeiss and the 14-24 for 2 days walkaround in NYC. No doubt the best lens, as many say, is the 14-24 but I end up returning it in favor of the Zeiss.
      14-24:
      - Doesn't accept filters which is a drawback. However the front cover protects the lens when in the bag.
      - Is quite heavy and bulky so less practical for walk around and travel
      - Very expensive
      - Zoom capability with better quality than most fix lenses
      - Very fast lens, with exceptional clarity
      - Good construction
      - Excellent quality in most conditions. Some minimal distortion as normal in such a lens, when at 14mm.

      Zeiss
      - Good overall quality. Well built
      - Light and small for the type, good for traveling
      - Not a zoom and however not better than the 14-24 image quality wise but still excellent, with very good color rendition. Quite sharp, just a little less than the 14-24.
      - Not so wide (18 vs 14) and not do fast (3.5 s 2.8), which is evident in dark ambiances
      - Still a very nice lens, very easy to use, smooth manual focus, although somehow difficult to focus in dark and low contrast ambiances. Nikon electronics helps but, is not perfect.
      - Front cap could be better but does its job, wondering for how long.

      I believe its a very good choice for someone's bag, for tavelling, vacation and general use and walk around. I found out that the 14-24 should be more for professionals, despite my camera deserves only the very best lenses to render all its potential. I believe the 18 - 3.5 is up to it, considering the use and alternatives I tested.
      The main reason that made me go for this review, was however, the excellent and already world recognized service at B&H store, NYC. I confess I pushed it a bit this time and I think their service is improving each time I visit it. Congrats to you guys.

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      5.0

      Love this solid, old school lens

      By Christopher Dee

      from Bowling Green, KY

      About Me Semi-pro Photographer

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      Pros

      • Consistent Output
      • Durable
      • Rugged
      • Sharp
      • Strong Construction

      Cons

      • Heavy

      Best Uses

      • Landscape/Scenery

      Comments about Zeiss Distagon T* 18mm F/3.5 ZF.2 Lens for Nikon F-Mount Cameras:

      I love using Zeiss lenses on my Nikon. Who needs autofocus?!? This is a heavy lens because it is so solid. Focus is smooth. Aperature ring snaps ever half stop. Images are sharp. Wish it was faster, but you can't have everything.

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      5.0

      awesome. wide angle goodness

      By kevinklar

      from seattle, wa.

      About Me Pro Photographer

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      Pros

      • Durable
      • Rugged
      • Strong Construction

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Video

        Comments about Zeiss Distagon T* 18mm F/3.5 ZF.2 Lens for Nikon F-Mount Cameras:

        perfect to complete my set of zeiss primes. well built and clear as day.

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        5.0

        I now get what Zeiss is all about.

        By Brian

        from SE Florida

        About Me Semi-pro Photographer

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Rugged
        • Strong Construction

        Cons

          Best Uses

            Comments about Zeiss Distagon T* 18mm F/3.5 ZF.2 Lens for Nikon F-Mount Cameras:

            Great wide angle lens. Manual focus is ok but I still prefer Autofocus on longer focal lengths. I was going to buy the Zeiss Distagon 21 f2.8 but already own the Nikor 24-70 f2.8 and decided the focal length of the 21 was too near the 24-70. Glad I did get this 18mm. IMHO its better than the 17-35 f2.8 (another great zoom lens) at 18mm.
            I traded in the 17-35 mainly to save weight in my camera bag. Trade offs!

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            5.0

            I love it!

            By Dave

            from New Orleans

            About Me Pro Photographer

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            Pros

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

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Landscape/Scenery
              • Video
              • Weddings/Events

              Comments about Zeiss Distagon T* 18mm F/3.5 ZF.2 Lens for Nikon F-Mount Cameras:

              It's every thing I would expect from a Zeiss product. However it is not with out a little distortion of objects in very close range.

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              5.0

              great lens, I use this alot when out and

              By Ron

              from Australia

              About Me Semi-pro Photographer

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

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

              Cons

              • NONE

              Best Uses

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

              Comments about Zeiss Distagon T* 18mm F/3.5 ZF.2 Lens for Nikon F-Mount Cameras:

              Street shots, anthing that allows a wide lens and super sharp, great

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              5.0

              Wide & Sharp

              By Mikey

              from Sydney, Australia

              About Me Pro Photographer

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              Pros

              • Durable
              • Easily Interchangeable
              • Lightweight
              • Strong Construction
              • Wide

              Cons

              • No Macro

              Best Uses

              • Landscape/Scenery
              • Video
              • Wildlife Photos

              Comments about Zeiss Distagon T* 18mm F/3.5 ZF.2 Lens for Nikon F-Mount Cameras:

              Use the Zeiss 18mm with Letus Ultimate adaptor & get great results. Nice & sharp edge to edge with a small amount of vignetting when iris is wide open. Works best at about F5.6, where you get best results with the preferred depth of field. Also has that great Zeiss build quality. Wish it was a Macro.

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              3.0

              Zeiss Disappointment

              By Johnny

              from Union, NJ

              About Me Semi-pro Photographer

              Verified Reviewer

              Pros

              • Lightweight

              Cons

              • Blurry Focus
              • Slow Focus

              Best Uses

              • Landscape/Scenery

              Comments about Zeiss Distagon T* 18mm F/3.5 ZF.2 Lens for Nikon F-Mount Cameras:

              I used this lens in daylight and was not pleased with the results. THe edge sharpness was not as expected and I was not thrilled with the overall sharpness that Zeiss lenses are known for. so, these lenses might have the Zeiss name; but they are not the lenses that used to be made in Germany.

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              5.0

              I would recommend this product

              By Giottos

              from Vancouver, BC

              About Me Photo Enthusiast

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

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

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Landscape/Scenery
                • Night Photography

                Comments about Zeiss Distagon T* 18mm F/3.5 ZF.2 Lens for Nikon F-Mount Cameras:

                Used mostly for landscapes and buildings. Excellent sharpness and contrast.
                Solidly built and very smooth focusing. Only draw back is that it's not autofocus which really is not a big deal as you are dealing with such a wide angle lens. Able to attach a filter which is a big plus.

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                5.0

                Zeiss doesn't let you down

                By Harvey- Do You Dare Photography

                from Highlands Ranch, Colorado

                About Me Pro Photographer

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

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

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Landscape/Scenery

                  Comments about Zeiss Distagon T* 18mm F/3.5 ZF.2 Lens for Nikon F-Mount Cameras:

                  I have used the 18mm Zeiss Distagon ZF.2 for travel and landscapes. One needs to say nothing more than this lens stands alone in terms of image quality. My first experiences with Zeiss optics was in the late sixties when I owned and consistently used my Rollie E2 2.8 Zeiss Planar TLR. My thoughts today are the same as they were back then- these optics are simply in a different league. Color saturation and accuracy along with a solid build is nothing short of amazing.

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                  5.0

                  Well Built Retro

                  By fredphoto

                  from Columbus, Ohio

                  About Me Pro Photographer

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                  Pros

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

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

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

                    Comments about Zeiss Distagon T* 18mm F/3.5 ZF.2 Lens for Nikon F-Mount Cameras:

                    Use of this lens is primarily for architectural and landscape. Solidly built and love the feel of finely machined parts. Very sharp corner to corner and has sharper contrast and colors than my other 12-24mm lens.

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                    5.0

                    Like A Tank

                    By JV

                    from Winnetka, IL

                    About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • Compact
                    • Durable
                    • Easy to Use
                    • Great Picture Quality

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                      • Landscape/Scenery
                      • Travel

                      Comments about Zeiss Distagon T* 18mm F/3.5 ZF.2 Lens for Nikon F-Mount Cameras:

                      Superb lens from Zeiss. Built like a tank, excellent finish, smooth manual focusing. I use this with a Nikon D3X and D3S. The high resolution of the D3X coupled with this lens has been excellent. The ZF.2 model works with Nikon's electronics and the cameras recognize the lens. No need to manually input the lens into the camera like the previous versions. No auto focusing, but apreature is read by the camera. Images are sharp from corner to corner. No distortion in the image. Excellent for use in architecture and landscapes. Interior shots work well with my SB-900. I have the Zeiss ZF.2 35mm f/2 lens, and both lens are quality glass for your Nikon cameras. Highly recommend.

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