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ZeissDistagon T* 28mm f/2.0 Lens with ZF.2 Mount for Nikon F Mount SLRs
 
5.0

(based on 12 reviews)

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Pros

  • Strong construction (10)
  • Durable (9)
  • Nice bokeh (7)
  • Consistent output (5)
  • Rugged (5)

Cons

  • Heavy (3)

Best Uses

  • Landscape/scenery (10)
  • Low light (7)
  • Weddings (5)
  • Night photography (4)
  • Video (3)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Semi-pro photographer (4), Pro photographer (3)
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5.0

OMG! This lens is very sharp indeed.

By Bobby McNeal

from Houston, TX

About Me Pro Photographer

Pros

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

Cons

  • Slow Focus

Best Uses

  • Indoors/Low Light
  • Landscape/Scenery

Comments about Zeiss Distagon T* 28mm f/2.0 Lens with ZF.2 Mount for Nikon F Mount SLRs:

I just got this lens after reading many reviews and hours of watching youtube videos to make sure I made the right decision. Boy, was I glad I did. I was leaning toward the Distagon 21mm f2.8 but something told me to go for the Distagon 28mm f2. I could not wait to test it out so I went to the Woodlands Mall and my goodness I was impressed with the results.

It is slow to focus at first but after awhile you get the hang of it and it becomes joy. I would recommend this to anyone learning to focus manually.
I shoot with a Nikon D7100 and it is truly remarkable.

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5.0

Great General-Purpose Lens

By magamba

from Port Alberni, BC

About Me Pro Photographer

Verified Reviewer

Pros

  • Durable
  • Lightweight
  • Rugged
  • Strong Construction

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Landscape/Scenery
    • Video

    Comments about Zeiss Distagon T* 28mm f/2.0 Lens with ZF.2 Mount for Nikon F Mount SLRs:

    I have three Zeiss ZF.2 lenses. I need to start using this Zeiss ZF.2 28mm more often! If you have several Zeiss lenses, the temptation is to go for the Zeiss ZF.2 15mm or Zeiss Zf.2 21mm first. But the Zeiss 28mm is small and rugged, and I am never disappointed with the ability of this lens to bring me in a little closer to the details of a landscape. I choose this lens for producing those close-in photos of fall colors, and I also prefer it for photos of icebergs from my kayak. The lens is much more useful than I expected, and the image quality is on par with my more-expensive Zeiss lenses. The build quality is great, so I am using this lens in off-the-grid locations without hesitation.

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    5.0

    Zeiss glass is just so good

    By Joe

    from South Africa

    About Me Pro Photographer

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Durable
    • Nice Bokeh
    • Strong Construction

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Landscape/Scenery
      • Night Photography

      Comments about Zeiss Distagon T* 28mm f/2.0 Lens with ZF.2 Mount for Nikon F Mount SLRs:

      The glass is just so good, I use to shoot with the 20mm from Nikon but now I can see that everything is great. Colour sharpness, you name it.

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      5.0

      Great for Pro Video

      By Denaran

      from Santa Cruz, Bolivia

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Durable
      • Nice Bokeh
      • Rugged
      • Strong Construction

      Cons

      • Heavy

      Best Uses

      • Indoors/Low Light
      • Landscape/Scenery
      • Macro Photography
      • Video
      • Weddings/Events
      • Wildlife Photos

      Comments about Zeiss Distagon T* 28mm f/2.0 Lens with ZF.2 Mount for Nikon F Mount SLRs:

      Having previously purchased the zeiss 50mm 1.4, i figured this lens would mantain that level of quality, well, i was wrong.
      This Lens is indeed better in many ways, such as no chromatic aberration or purple fringing present in backlight shots. Besides this lens is very sharp, even at its widest aperture. I chose this lens over the Zeiss 21mm, since it provided me with a medium type of wide lens.

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      5.0

      Dude...WOW

      By Max

      from Boston

      About Me Photo Enthusiast

      Pros

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

      Cons

      • Heavy

      Best Uses

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

      Comments about Zeiss Distagon T* 28mm f/2.0 Lens with ZF.2 Mount for Nikon F Mount SLRs:

      I do a lot of street photography and portraits, and this lens is fantastic for both. I could not believe the colors it produces when I first saw them. It is an awesome, magical lens. The manual focusing takes a while to get used to, but if you work for it, it's worth the results. Even at f/2, it is really sharp, maybe a TINY bit soft in the corners, but nothing worth complaining about. It also has really nice bokeh, as a sidenote. It's also rock solid and made of metal and feels nice when focusing. Bottom line, this is definitely the best lens I own, and I couldn't recommend it more highly to anyone who is interested in street photography, landscapes, weddings, etc.

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      5.0

      Excellent wide-angle lens

      By p6design

      from Los Gatos, CA

      About Me Semi-pro Photographer

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      Pros

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

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Indoors/Low Light
        • Landscape/Scenery
        • Video

        Comments about Zeiss Distagon T* 28mm f/2.0 Lens with ZF.2 Mount for Nikon F Mount SLRs:

        I carried a 24-70 lens and found most of the the time I was using 28-35 range. Given the size of weight advantage, I decided to go prime. I know I'll have to move around to frame a picture, but it is not big problem in general.

        It is a manual focus lens and It may take a little time to get used to! But I used to own a Contax camera, manual focus was mandatory.

        I like the metal barrel & solid build, and the optic quality is fantastic, it is sharp, great color rendition, high contrast. I would not recommend to use it on DX format, it is a waste of the optic quality which can render a beautiful FX picture. This is a lens that I will use a lot and keep for the life time.

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        5.0

        Wonderful

        By Aldo

        from Milan (Italy)

        About Me Semi-pro Photographer

        Pros

        • Strong Construction

        Cons

          Best Uses

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

          Comments about Zeiss Distagon T* 28mm f/2.0 Lens with ZF.2 Mount for Nikon F Mount SLRs:

          Great lens, see the comparison below with one of the best lens ever made (no post production); in very low light of a XIII century church near Como lake. I was a little frightened to go back to a mf lens on my D700. Besides, no problems at all also with quick use "on the field". I'm very happy with this lens.

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          5.0

          Very unique and versatile

          By Kinchi

          from Seattle, Wa

          About Me Photo Enthusiast

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Consistent Output
          • Durable
          • Nice Bokeh
          • Strong Construction

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Landscape/Scenery
            • Night Photography

            Comments about Zeiss Distagon T* 28mm f/2.0 Lens with ZF.2 Mount for Nikon F Mount SLRs:

            I've acquired a variety of the Zeiss catalog from 18mm to 85mm and find this lens the most unique and versatile. The unusual and very appealing captures are due primarily to the fact that this lens behaves as a hybrid of sorts: Wide angle, bit of macro and telephoto. This simply means one can focus within a very close distance to an object, say a flower or person, while capturing a wide angle background, say a forest or ocean, while adding a bit of bokeh if you choose. Of course the sharpness and color rendering are wonderful. I think what pushed me to choose this lens over the 25mm (would love to try) was the fact that Zeiss offers this one in their five lens set.

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            5.0

            One of the Best Primes Ever Made

            By bubuli

            from Monroe, NJ

            About Me Semi-pro Photographer

            Verified Reviewer

            Pros

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

            Cons

            • Heavy
            • Lens cap
            • Vignetting

            Best Uses

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

            Comments about Zeiss Distagon T* 28mm f/2.0 Lens with ZF.2 Mount for Nikon F Mount SLRs:

            My staple 28/2 before I got this lens was the Nikon 28/2 Non-AI (AI-converted).

            I didn't expect much from it until I took my first photo from it wide-open: I could not believe it, I thought I took the picture stopped down! the contrast and detail is just heads and shoulders above my Nikon!

            A lot of reviews will tell you that vignetting never goes away completely until around f3.5 (unlike the Nikon where the vignetting has very little to begin with wide-open and pretty much gone by f2.8)...but in all practical purposes, it doesn't matter to me. I don't shoot brick walls and contrast and sharpness is much more important in that regard. Not a lot of post-processing is needed!

            And less susceptible to flare that I don't feel the need to use the hood at all.

            With all that said, this lens is not for everyone--and certainly not for beginners, IMO. You have to really know you NEED this focal length, and not just you're buying into the Zeiss mystique...Some may recommend the 35/2 and I would tend to agree because most photographers may find that focal length more practical...I cannot speak for its sharpness as I have never used one, but looking at the samples out there (full-size ones)...trust me, the sharpness difference is negligible.

            Oh, and the lens cap kind of a pain, though.

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            5.0

            One more Zeiss gem

            By UdoinDesert

            from Jeddah, KSA

            About Me Semi-pro Photographer

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • 3D like imaging
            • Color rendering
            • Consistent Output
            • Durable
            • Micro contrast
            • Rugged
            • Strong Construction

            Cons

            • Slow Focus

            Best Uses

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

            Comments about Zeiss Distagon T* 28mm f/2.0 Lens with ZF.2 Mount for Nikon F Mount SLRs:

            Using this lens for street shooting and landscape work makes it quite versatile for me. Mechanics, i.e. built, materials, moving parts are top like all Zeiss lenses in this line up. f/2 delivers a bright viewfinder and allows for more creative composition. This is a manual focus lens, which might slow down the process from time to time. Using it on DX cameras, the achieved field of view corresponds almost to 'normal' view and makes a nice one-lens walk around combo.

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            5.0

            Great lens.. Sharp, Great colors..

            By Sharma jee

            from Westport, CT

            Pros

            • Colors very sharp bokeh

            Cons

            • none

            Best Uses

            • General purpose

            Comments about Zeiss Distagon T* 28mm f/2.0 Lens with ZF.2 Mount for Nikon F Mount SLRs:

            I bought it just before a vacation and couldn't be happier with my purchase.. i have canon (35mm 1.4L) and nikon (85 mm 1.4) lenses.. all the lens mentioned above are great and this zeiss is just as good..

            I would have bought the nikon 24mm 1.4 G lens for this trip, but it was out of stock and decided to get this lens..

            using MF lens after 15 odd years, was a good change.. this lens lived up to the zeiss hype on the internet.. focuses very close with good results.. infinity is a fixed location and it delivers sharp results.. don't buy a polarizer filter as this lens renders blue sky very well..

            highly recommended if you can handle manual focus lens .. these lenses are built very well and will last a lifetime.. only down side is that you may end up wanting to buy the distagon 21mm and/or the 100mm makro down the road, like me..

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            5.0

            Terrific on DSLR and Micro 4/3

            By jmkays

            from Seattle, WA

            Verified Reviewer

            Comments about Zeiss Distagon T* 28mm f/2.0 Lens with ZF.2 Mount for Nikon F Mount SLRs:

            This is one of four Zeiss lenses I have the pleasure of owning. Incredible optics, bokah and clarity/sharpness. I prefer Zeiss to Leica lenses, as I find them more neutral. I use the lens on a Nikon D2Xs and Panasonic DMC-GF1 with Voigtlander adapter.

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