ZEISS Distagon T* 18mm f/3.5 ZE Lens for Canon EF

ZEISS Distagon T* 18mm f/3.5 ZE Lens for Canon EF

ZEISS Distagon T* 18mm f/3.5 ZE Lens for Canon EF

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Product Highlights

  • EF-Mount Lens/Full-Frame Format
  • Aperture Range: f/3.5 to f/22
  • ZEISS T* Anti-Reflective Coating
  • Manual Focus Design

Lens Mount: Canon EF

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ZEISS Distagon T* 18mm f/3.5 ZE Overview

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Optimized for wide-field shooting, the ZEISS Distagon T* 18mm f/3.5 ZE is an ultra-wide prime well-suited for interiors, architecture, and landscape subjects. The lens uses a Distagon optical concept, which helps to reduce field curvature and distortion for high overall sharpness and accurate rendering across the frame. Also, a T* anti-reflective coating has been applied to individual elements to control lens flare and ghosting.

Ultra wide-angle prime is designed for full-frame Canon EF-mount cameras, however can also be used with APS-C models where it provides a 28.8mm equivalent focal length.
Distagon optical design affords high sharpness, well-corrected image quality from edge-to-edge, and very low field curvature.
ZEISS T* anti-reflective coating has been applied to each lens surface to help minimize reflections and provide greater contrast and color fidelity.
Manual focus design enables a minimum focusing distance of 11.8".
All-metal lens barrel and mount offers high durability and rigidity.
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ZEISS Distagon T* 18mm f/3.5 ZE Lens for Canon EF
  • Front Lens Cap
  • Rear Lens Cap
  • Dedicated Lens Hood (Lens Shade) for 18mm f/3.5 & 21mm f/2.8 Lenses
  • Limited 2-Year Warranty, Extendable to 3 Years with Online Registration
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    ZEISS Distagon T* 18mm f/3.5 ZE Specs

    Focal Length 18mm
    Maximum Aperture f/3.5
    Minimum Aperture f/22
    Lens Mount Canon EF
    Format Compatibility Full-Frame
    Angle of View 99
    Maximum Magnification 0.893x
    Minimum Focus Distance 11.81" / 30 cm
    Optical Design 13 Elements in 11 Groups
    Focus Type Manual Focus
    Image Stabilization None
    Filter Size 82 mm (Front)
    Dimensions ( x L) 3.40 x 2.3" / 86.4 x 58.6 mm
    Weight 1 lb / 470 g
    Packaging Info
    Package Weight 1.6 lb
    Box Dimensions (LxWxH) 7.2 x 5.2 x 5.1"

    ZEISS Distagon T* 18mm f/3.5 ZE Reviews

    Distagon T* 18mm f/3.5 ZE Lens for Canon EF is rated 4.8 out of 5 by 30.
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from Horses for courses 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.
    Date published: 2011-11-18
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing Results 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)
    Date published: 2013-09-17
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Incredibly Sharp Lens! 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.
    Date published: 2010-10-05
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Awesome lens 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.
    Date published: 2010-04-15
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Close and Wide 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.
    Date published: 2011-04-03
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from 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 of the field. Well worth the price! So Glad I did not go any other route!
    Date published: 2012-06-29
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Zeiss Comes Through Every Time I bought this lens because I wanted something for those photo occasions where you need to take a wide angle shot and you don't want to be a hundred yards away to get everything in the frame. ?B&H had this on special which made it affordable. ?(Zeiss lenses are usually pretty pricey). ?I use this for stills on a full frame camera. It is wide angle but doesn't exactly have that fish eye feel to it. I've attached a test pix to this review. See for yourself.
    Date published: 2018-05-23
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Very Impressed! 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.
    Date published: 2012-07-03
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    What is the smallest aperture?

    What is the smallest aperture?
    Asked by: Anonymous
    The aperture range of the ZEISS Distagon 3.5/18 ZE is f/3.5 - f/22. You can read more about the technical details at: https://www.zeiss.com/content/dam/camera-lenses/files/service/download-center/datasheets/historical-lenses/classic-lenses/datasheet-zeiss-classic-distagon-3518.pdf
    Answered by: ZEISS Camera Lenses
    Date published: 2018-12-02

    question

    Is this lens full frame?Will it crop if I am using it wth C300 recording 4k?Thank you
    Asked by: Daniel
    I have a ZEISS Distagon T 18mm F/3.5 lens.It is full frame. I use mine for still photography. I like it more than most of my auto focus lenses.
    Answered by: Jim B.
    Date published: 2018-08-27

    question

    Do the wide angle lenses have a visual focus assistance in the viewfinder of the lens? For example, the old cameras had 2 halves of a circle in the viewfinder. When the circles lined-up then the scene was in focus. Do the wide angle lenses have a focusing assistance such as that?
    Asked by: Anonymous
    What you're describing is a camera focusing method/assistance. I used it on a digital camera where the camera beeped when I was in focus at what I was pointed at.
    Answered by: TALAT MARIO R.
    Date published: 2018-08-27

    question

    Is this lens compatible with the Canon Rebel line of cameras?
    Asked by: Anonymous
    The Zeiss Distagon T* 18mm f/3.5 ZE Wide Angle Lens Canon EF Mounts will be compatible with the Canon Rebel line.
    Answered by: Dana G.
    Date published: 2018-08-27

    question

    does this work with the sony a7riii?
    Asked by: Jann L.
    The ZEISS Distagon 3.5/18 ZE is designed to fit to EF mount still and video cameras. It can be adapted to the A7RIII with an appropriate EF to E mount adapter, such as this one: <a href= https://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/product/1314043-REG/metabones_mb_ef_e_bt5_canon_ef_e_mount_t.html target= _blank >https://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/product/1314043-REG/metabones_mb_ef_e_bt5_canon_ef_e_mount_t.html</a>
    Answered by: ZEISS Zeiss Expert
    Date published: 2018-08-27

    question

    Is this lens compatible with canon eos 6d camera?
    Asked by: Leonardo N.
    The ZEISS ZE series of lenses are compatible with any camera using the EF mount protocol. The electronic aperture is controlled via the camera body, meta data is transferred to the file and the metering system and exposure modes are all functional.
    Answered by: ZEISS Zeiss Expert
    Date published: 2018-08-27

    question

    as this is non auto focus on canon, I am a little concerned about that. It may not be an issue but what is your return policy?
    Asked by: Anonymous
    The Zeiss lenses for Canon are manual focus only, but their focus rings are extremely smooth. This shouldnt be that difficult to manually focus. That being said, we do have a 30-day return policy. The lens would need to have all of the original packaging. http://bhpho.to/19fUBwL
    Answered by: Christina S.
    Date published: 2018-08-27
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