ZEISS Distagon T* 15mm f/2.8 ZE Lens for Canon EF

ZEISS Distagon T* 15mm f/2.8 ZE Lens for Canon EF

ZEISS Distagon T* 15mm f/2.8 ZE Lens for Canon EF

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Product Highlights

  • EF-Mount Lens/Full-Frame Format
  • Aperture Range: f/2.8 to f/22
  • ZEISS T* Anti-Reflective Coating
  • Manual Focus Design
  • Built-In Petal-Shaped Lens Hood
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Lens Mount: Canon EF

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ZEISS 15mm f/2.8 Overview

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Presenting an ultra-wide field of view, the Canon EF-mount Distagon T* 15mm f/2.8 ZE from ZEISS is a unique prime that is ideal for landscape, interior, and astrophotography applications. Its relatively bright f/2.8 maximum aperture is suitable for working in difficult lighting conditions while shooting handheld. A Distagon optical concept is used, 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, and a lens hood is integrated into the lens's design, 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 24mm equivalent focal length.
Bright f/2.8 maximum aperture suits working in available-light conditions and is also well-suited for astrophotography use.
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 9.8".
All-metal lens barrel and mount offers high durability and rigidity.
Built-in petal-shaped lens hood blocks stray light and helps to reduce flare and ghosting.
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ZEISS Distagon T* 15mm f/2.8 ZE Lens for Canon EF
  • 104mm Front Lens Cap for Distagon T* 15mm f/2.8
  • Rear Lens Cap
  • Limited 2-Year Warranty, Extendable to 3 Years with Online Registration
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    ZEISS 15mm f/2.8 Specs

    Focal Length 15mm
    Maximum Aperture f/2.8
    Minimum Aperture f/22
    Lens Mount Canon EF
    Format Compatibility Full-Frame
    Angle of View 110
    Maximum Magnification 0.111x
    Minimum Focus Distance 9.84" / 25 cm
    Optical Design 15 Elements in 12 Groups
    Focus Type Manual Focus
    Image Stabilization None
    Filter Size 95 mm (Front)
    Dimensions (DxL) 4.06 x 4.57" / 103 x 116 mm
    Weight 1.8 lb / 820 g
    Packaging Info
    Package Weight 2.25 lb
    Box Dimensions (LxWxH) 7.2 x 5.2 x 5.0"

    ZEISS 15mm f/2.8 Reviews

    Distagon T* 15mm f/2.8 ZE Lens for Canon EF is rated 4.7 out of 5 by 34.
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Incredible Lens Definitely not cheap but worth it. I had been using a Canon 15mm fisheye and hoped the additional image and build quality of the Zeiss would be worth the price. I couldn't be more pleased. While I do mostly landscapes I also pursue astrophotography. Using the Zeiss 15mm for Milky Way imaging amazed me...the stars were sharp completely almost to the corners with no coma or abberation. A slight crop gives sharp stars across the entire field. I've also used it for slot canyon imaging and the clarity and color rendition are excellent.
    Date published: 2016-11-12
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from It really is an awesome lens. Lots of choices out there and it took me a long time to make a decision. I settled on the Zeiss 15mm over the competition for two reasons. The filter threads, so I can use ND's, and the fact that it doesn't have a large bulbous lens sticking out. This lens doesn't fog up as easily as some of the other super wides do. There is life in this lens for lack of a better word. It is exciting to use and the manual focus thing is so easy. My 5D lll and 6D beep and lights flash when you focus. No, it isn't auto focus but it sure is easy to use. This lens is fun. Also, I own many L Series lenses and they are just fine but when you turn the focus ring on the Zeiss you go, oh my gosh, this is amazing! P.S. My cap has never fallen off.
    Date published: 2016-05-23
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Here is the truth as of June 2013 I use this lens for Architectural photography. I almost passed on this product because of the reviews. Some stated that the lens cap falls off. FALSE. It is machined rather well and has a fuzzy inside coating that keeps it snug. Next the excessive weight. MODERATE. I use to shoot with the 16-35, and the weight seems about the same. The image quality is night and day over the Canon 16-35. With the financial terms available at B&H, it made this purchase a no brainer!!! The lens will pay for it self within a month. The Canon body still beeps when it hits the focus point, so there is no love lost with the manual focus. If you are serious, buy this lens. The lens hood has a flat spot so it is easy to set it down with out it rolling around. Photoshop/Bridge has a profile for this lens in the settings. JUST DO IT!!!! I thought about this purchase for a year. That's about 365 days of stupid procrastination.
    Date published: 2013-06-18
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from Excellent overall...fun to use! (4.5 Stars)...I use this lens for travel and landscape photography. I shoot with Canon 1 and 5 series bodies. I also own and use several other premium ultra-wide angle lenses, including Canon's own 14/2.8L-II; 15/2.8; 8-15/4L; 16-35/2.8L-II; 17/4L-TSE; and Zeiss 18/3.5. Predictably, each of these lenses have their own strengths and weaknesses. My impressions after considerable in-field use follow. The Zeiss 15/2.8 is very enjoyable to use, and for me, produces excellent, exciting results. I find the manual focus to be considerably more smooth than ANY of the autofocus lenses afore-mentioned, and focusing accuracy is not difficult, using OEM standard Canon focusing screens. I'm able to focus accurately and consistently (although after years of relying perhaps too heavily on autofocus, I'm reminded that manual focusing is a skill, and one which deteriorates with neglect). Nonetheless, for landcape and travel photography, I find the Zeiss 15/2.8 to be VERY SMOOTH AND PRECISE in its manual focusing ability. I don't rely on the accuracy of the focusing distance hash marks on the lens barrel when focusing (I judge focus through the viewfinder and/or with LIVE VIEW, without reference to the distance marks on the lens, so the previous post regarding inaccurate distance markers on the lens is not relevant in my use. If I DO use the fixed distance markers on the lens (as when setting hyperfocal distance, for example), I just note indicated distances WHILE CROSS-REFERENCING ACTUAL IN-FOCUS SETTINGS THROUGH THE VIEWFINDER AND/OR LIVE VIEW, without worrying that the 0.8 meters indication on the lens barrel might more accurately represent 0.6 meters in reality. Yes, 0.2 meters can make a huge difference if you're very close to your subject, but again, if you use the viewfinder and/or LIVE VIEW to judge focus, the accuracy of the lens barrel markings become a moot point). By the way, I only use the green dot (Canon's in-focus indicator in the viewfinder) as a rough guide for finding focus; for greater accuracy, I pay close attention to the details in the viewfinder which I consider to be most important within a given scene, and I gently roll the focusing collar back and forth, with decreasing throw, until subject details are rendered with maximum sharpness. For best precision, of course, use of a tripod and LIVE VIEW - or even just live view mode by itself - with appropriate live view magnification, will result in a very, very sharply focused subject. In my use, I find the Zeiss 15/2.8 to be visibly sharper in the center, and DRAMATICALLY SHARPER IN THE CORNERS, than both my Canon 14/2.8L-II and my Canon 16-35/2.8L-II. Vignetting with the Zeiss 15/2.8 is similar (f/2.8f/4) to the Canon 14/2.8L-II, and about 1-2 stops greater (darker) than the Canon 16-35/2.8L-II wide open. Most noticeable with the Zeiss 15/2.8 is the extremely pleasing color rendition. It's difficult to describe adequately, but it's noticeable and it's quite lovely. Bokeh rendition is also pleasant, though (like most wide/ultra-wide lenses), not Wow. Flare control is very good - better than any of my Canon ultra-wides, with the exception of the 17/4L-TSE, which is also very good. I agree with previous posters who have observed that the Zeiss 15/2.8 is optically superior (in virtually every measure) to any (all) of the Canon ultra-wide lenses, WITH THE EXCEPTION OF THE EXCELLENT AND EXTREMELY VERSATILE 17/4L-TSE. Obviously, the Canon 17/4L-TSE has the advantage of perspective control, the value of which cannot be underestimated, however, I do find focusing, holding and general handling of the Canon 17/4L-TSE to be less comfortable - and therefore, less enjoyable - than the Zeiss 15/2.8. Mounted on a tripod, and used patiently and with great premeditation, the Canon 17/4L-TSE is superlative; about equal in optical quality to the Zeiss 15/2.8. Of course, the Zeis has a few degrees extra width in its perspective, and again, the color and detail rendering on the Zeiss is uniquely satisfying. Clearly, the Zeiss 15/2.8 has some very compelling pro's; here are a few con's in my opinion: (1) complaints about the front lens cap being too loose and falling off ARE VALID. My biggest hassle with this issue was that in removing the lens from my bag, the cap would invariably auto-detach and remain in the bag, having been pulled off as I lifted the lens out. This created an extra step - and extra time - that I had to expend in retrieving the cap from the bottom of the slot in my bag where the lens was stored. Storing the lens inverted in my bag (lens cap facing up) was not a convenient option, as the front element is quite large, which makes it less than ideal as a gripping surface (not to mention the risk of dropping the lens because you've picked it up by the lens cap, which is already too loose!). SOLUTION: I found that carefully and discretely placing a very small stip of black Gaffer's Tape to each side of the built-in metal lens shade on the Zeiss 15/2.8 lens added just enough extra diameter to the lens shade, that the otherwise nice metal lens cap fits quite snugly - easy to remove, but grippy enough to stay on the lens, even when pulling it out of its tightly padded nest in my lens bag! Cheap, easy fix!; (2) the coating on the front element of the Zeiss 15/2.8, though lovely to behold, is quite tacky (sticky), hence, not easy to clean. If you prefer using dry lens tissue to wipe your lenses, you'll find this to be a delicate, difficult task, with lots of torn tissue. Not a major setback, but something to be aware of and prepared for; (3) the lens has no rubber gasket to seal the lens-to-camera mount (unlike most Canon L lenses). Again, not a big deal, really, but you WILL notice some tiny ingress of dust and debris if you leave this lens attached to your camera while subjecting it to extensive travel and use; (on the other hand, Canon's thin rubber lens seals are notoriously delicate (they're easy to tear or damage, even when mounting slowly and carefully), so maybe this, too, is a small point?; (4) like all Zeiss ZE lenses, the Zeiss 15/2.8 has the lens-to-camera mounting alignment red dot painted ON THE INNER SURFACE (the flat, silver surface where the electronic contacts are), which makes it a bit more difficult to see and use while mounting the lens. Once again, not a huge deal, but in actual field use, noticeably less convenient than Canon's EXTERNAL (on the outer collar) red dot placement; (5) finally (this con may perhaps be more suitably placed on the Zeiss 95mm Circular Polarizer, rather than on the 15/2.8 lens itself?), the Zeiss 95mm Circular Polarizing filter (sold as an expensive optional accessory) is interesting (I own it), and it does work with this lens, HOWEVER, be prepared for some very sifnificant (almost unrepairable) VIGNETTING. I've found this problematic at all apertures and focusing distances, but particularly at the smaller apertures (e.g. f/8; f/11; etc.). I find this disappointing (though not completely unexpected) considering that this is a Zeiss designed and dedicated filter, specifically optioned on the Zeiss 15/2.8. Additionally vexing, because of the semi-circular integral lens shade, REMOVING the filter from the lens can sometimes be difficult (there's very little filter area to grip, due to hood incursion). So...in summary, I'm VERY happy with my Zeiss 15/2.8, and I find that it's almost always on my short list of must-take-with-me lenses. I still use and will never sell my Canon 17/4L-TSE, and I do find some niche use for my Canon 8-15/4L. My Canon 15/2.8 Fish and 16-35/2.8L-II have seen much less action over the past 8 months (since I've purchased the Zeiss 15/2.8), and alas, I must admit, my Canon 14/2.8L-II has been virtually side-lined (forgotten). If you enjoy wide or ultra-wide shooting, or if you otherwise have a need for a lens in this focal length range, and if you're willing/able to focus manually, then I really can't imagine anyone being less than very happy with this truly excellent optic. As with all tools, if you understand and accept its limitations (see above), it will serve you faithfully and well, and offer you many, many years of satisfaction and reward...
    Date published: 2013-04-12
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from Distagon T* 15mm f/2.8 ZE Lens Shooting architecture and real estate requires that I have a high quality ultra wide angle lens. For years my go to lens was the workhorse Canon EF 16-35mm f2.8L. In many ways, the Canon is an outstanding lens and I have come to rely upon it's flexibility reliability. But There were aspects that bothered me. Some of my work, particularly architectural work, is demanding. So I decided to bite the bullet and get the Zeiss Distagon T* 15mm f/2.8 ZE Lens. I have had the Zeiss now for about six weeks and have had the opportunity to use it extensively. This is what I have found. First of all, the build quality. The Zeiss is a solid, rugged lens. The Zeiss has outstanding range. I can now hold greater highlight detail while still retaining extraordinary shadow detail. The Zeiss is outstanding in low light shooting situations. The Zeiss is sharper that the Canon EF 16-35mm, even factoring in the fact that the Zeiss is manual focus. Plus, there is less barrel distortion with the Zeiss. These were the things I had expected when deciding on the Zeiss from having read a number of reviews of the lens. But I got a bonus I didn't expect: a savings in work flow time. The Zeiss is one of the most accurate lenses, color wise, I have ever had the privilege to shoot. I used to spend a considerable amount of time tweaking color, making sure my neutrals were neutral. I had come to expect this. With the Zeiss, my color tweaking is minimal, if I find it necessary at all. I have literally cut my work flow time in half. That is a benefit that is worth every penny I spent on the Zeiss. My one complaint about the Zeiss is that it is manual focus, and that you have to be very precise in focusing. But, if you take the few extra seconds to do this properly, the rewards you get are outstanding photographs. I am a Zeiss convert.
    Date published: 2013-10-10
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Zeiss perfection If you are hesitating to get this lens just like I was, let me fill you in from the Pro's point of view. Canon has at the moment no competition for it - the 14mm is not good at all, the 15mm is fisheye and the 17mm TS lens is not filter friendly with its protruding front lens and also f/4... Like all recent Zeiss lenses this one is built in Japan (by Cosina) with the strict Zeiss quality control - a hand-signed certificate in every box proves this fact. It is huge, built like a tank and very expensive, just like a Zeiss lens should be. The picture quality is just amazing. Very low vignetting, little distortion (barrel) and stunning edge-to-edge sharpness. You must be very careful where you put your focus at f/2.8, but if you nail it the results are perfect! If Canon comes up with a 35 or 40 megapixel body a lot of Hasselblads and Phase One architecture & landscape shooters will reconsider their expensive systems and perhaps opt for this lens instead. In one sentence - know that unless you shoot architecture and landscapes this will not be the main lens on your body, but if you have the funds, by all means - go and buy it!
    Date published: 2012-08-04
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from the Most Excellent wide angle lens you can buy. After shooting Canon's 14mm and Sigma's 15mm Fish Eye, I was frustrated with distortion and softness in images, especially on the sides/corners. But then I started shooting Zeiss's 21mm and was astonished at the sharpness, contrast, and overall beauty it produced. So then thought i'd try this 15mm and it is nothing short of magical. Finally, a lens that is wide enough to take in an expansive scene, without compromising sharpness or undesirable distortion. I would highly recommend this fantastic lens.
    Date published: 2016-10-30
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing Glass Just received my 15 from B and H and have to say that it is a truly beautiful lens. The limited tests I shot with so far show that this lens excels above the rest. Punchy, sharp, gorgeous are but a few of the adjectives I'd use to describe the performance of this lens. I can't believe that some people actually sent theirs back because of the front lens cap. It's on there securely and appears to be working well. I find it incredible that people would nit-pick something as trivial as a lens cap. I guess optical performance isn't as important as how well they perceive a lens cap to stay on. Go figure. I own a total of 10 Zeiss lenses now and I would never go back to any other brand. I adapted the Sony a7R I just received to use Canon mount lenses and have found this to be the ultimate combination or sharpness, contrast and resolution. I got rid of my Phase One P45+ and Hasselblads and went to the Sony/Zeiss combo. I don't like autofocus so these lenses are perfect for me.
    Date published: 2014-06-27
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