ZEISS Distagon T* 18mm f/3.5 ZF.2 Lens for Nikon F

ZEISS Distagon T* 18mm f/3.5 ZF.2 Lens for Nikon F

ZEISS Distagon T* 18mm f/3.5 ZF.2 Lens for Nikon F

B&H # ZE1835ZF2N MFR # 1767-822
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  • F-Mount Lens/FX Format
  • Aperture Range: f/3.5 to f/22
  • ZEISS T* Anti-Reflective Coating
  • Manual Focus Design

Lens Mount: Nikon F

Canon EF Nikon F
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ZEISS Distagon T* 18mm f/3.5 ZF.2 Overview

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Optimized for wide-field shooting, the ZEISS Distagon T* 18mm f/3.5 ZF.2 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 FX-format Nikon F-mount cameras, however can also be used with DX models where it provides a 27mm 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 ZF.2 Lens for Nikon F
  • Front Lens Cap
  • Classic Rear Cap for Nikon F-Mount Lenses
  • 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 ZF.2 Specs

    Focal Length 18mm
    Maximum Aperture f/3.5
    Minimum Aperture f/22
    Lens Mount Nikon F
    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) 7.4 x 5.1 x 5.1"

    ZEISS Distagon T* 18mm f/3.5 ZF.2 Reviews

    Distagon T* 18mm f/3.5 ZF.2 Lens for Nikon F is rated 4.8 out of 5 by 24.
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great fixed focus lens 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.
    Date published: 2014-05-16
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Like A Tank 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.
    Date published: 2010-01-13
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great Wide-Angle Lens I use Zeiss ZF.2 lenses with a Nikon D800. I have the 35mm f/2.8 and the superb 25mm f/2. I also use Zeiss lenses from a Hasselblad on this camera. A full frame camera demands excellent optics. This 18mm lens is absolutely superb. The field of view is just what I need when shooting tight urban landscapes, and the sharpness is really incredible. Take a photo and then zoom the image on your Nikon and you can read small signs off in the background when using this lens. Clearly with no fuzzy edges! Resolution is almost second to none. This lens is not as sharp as the superb Zeiss 25mm f/2, however, it is still a fantastic lens. Zeiss is not the only maker of fine lenses out there, but nonetheless, my motto is: Go Zeiss or wonder what you may have missed! This lens is for those who don't need autofocus or image stabilization, and who just want to shoot with fine lenses the way Leica and Contax were in their day on film cameras. If you are that type of camera shooter, do not hesitate to buy this lens.
    Date published: 2015-06-19
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Why Did I Wait So Long? I bought this lens to use on my D7100. It's probably one of the finest lenses that I've owned in a long time. The images are clean and tack sharp. To manually focus is easy with the in-camera focus indicator and it is silky smooth. I've used Zeiss lenses with my Contax cameras back in the day and I am realizing just what I've been missing out on all these years - sorry Nikon, Canon, Fuji, Pentax, Minolta, Sony etc. because I've used all those brands and more. There's just something about Zeiss that you notice over other lenses. I currently have a slew of Nikon DX and FX lenses but they don't get used anymore. Why you ask? Because I now have the perfect all-around lens for everything that I photograph. Inside and out. Now it's time for me to look for an FX body and more Zeiss lenses.
    Date published: 2015-07-15
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Zeiss doesn't let you down 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.
    Date published: 2010-08-02
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from Excellent built quality, its a Zeiss! Excellent built quality, fully compatible with my D750. At f 3.5 you get a lot of vignetting, but it disappears while moving to closer apertures. As am I using this for landscape photography with a tripod setup I actually push it all to f22, where it performs beautify. Even al 3.5 with a FX RAW image I have no trouble fixing it on Lightroom. Best lenses I have ever owned.
    Date published: 2017-07-19
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Love this lens. Very light and small -easy to carry everyday Excellent lens, amazing colors, 18mm are very useful, also for everyday use. Love this lens. Manual focus is very easy at this focal length.
    Date published: 2017-03-21
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from I now get what Zeiss is all about. 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!
    Date published: 2011-12-01
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    Are zeiss distagon t lenses weather sealed for safety when shooting near ocean spray or pacific temperate fog?
    Asked by: Kelby H.
    The ZEISS Milvus lenses are weather sealed and the Milvus 2.8/21 ZF.2 would be an ultra-wide angle alternative. <a href= http://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/product/1185201-REG/zeiss_2096_549_milvus_2_8_21_ze_lens.html#customerReview target= _blank >http://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/product/1185201-REG/zeiss_2096_549_milvus_2_8_21_ze_lens.html#customerReview</a>
    Answered by: ZEISS Zeiss Expert
    Date published: 2018-08-28


    Can this series lenses (18mm to 85mm) to use on Blacmagic Production Camera 4K?
    Asked by: Anonymous
    To use these lenses on a Blackmagic camera, you will need to use an adapter, such as this one by FotodioX: http://bhpho.to/1g4ESik
    Answered by: Heather S.
    Date published: 2018-08-28

    How well does this lens adapt to the new Nikon ...

    How well does this lens adapt to the new Nikon z-mount cameras?
    Asked by: Richard
    it works great! i have it for my nikon z. makes the camera heavy along with the adaptor, but works great.
    Answered by: Ritche
    Date published: 2019-04-17


    Will a UV filter fit over the lens?
    Asked by: Tom E.
    Yes, I use an 82mm UV filter for the lens.
    Answered by: Sokcheat M.
    Date published: 2018-08-28


    on the compatibility list the D7100 is not included nor the D610. Is it supported by those models?
    Asked by: Anonymous
    When shooting the Distagon T* 18mm F/3.5 ZF.2 Lens for Nikon F-Mount Cameras on any Nikon DSLR, all functions will be supported. This includes the D610 and D7100.
    Answered by: Christina S.
    Date published: 2019-02-13


    I was wondering if anyone used this lens for group portraits? How do you like it?
    Asked by: Martin
    Ultra wide-angle lenses are typically not well suited for portraiture, since they do produce flattering results. Depending on the sensor size in your camera, a short telephoto (50mm - 85mm for APS-C or a 85mm - 100mm for full frame) is the better choice. The Milvus 1.4/50, 1.4/85 or 2/100 are excellent choices for high quality portraiture.
    Answered by: Anonymous
    Date published: 2018-10-24
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    Designed For Use With:

    • Nikon D4s
    • Nikon D5
    • Nikon D500
    • Nikon D610
    • Nikon D7100
    • Nikon D7200
    • Nikon D750
    • Nikon D7500
    • Nikon D800E
    • Nikon D810
    • Nikon D810A
    • Nikon D850
    • Nikon Df
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