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Zeiss 15mm f/2.8 Distagon T* ZF.2 Series Lens for Nikon F Mount SLR Cameras

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  • ZF.2 Support all-important operations such as the automatic exposure for shutter priority, aperture priority and program modes
  • The CPU also supports manual exposure settings, including those for camera casings that are not AI-compatible.
  • The lens transmits the EXIF data such as manufacturer, date, metering system and exposure settings
  • Control of flare and ghosting are outstanding, so that even extreme highlights in the image field do not affect the quality of the image
  • Precise mechanism enables exact manual focusing

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The Zeiss Distagon T* 15mm f/2.8 ZE Lens for Nikon F Mount is a precision ultra wide-angle lens built with a Carl Zeiss T* anti-reflection coating that yields images with depth, contrast, and brilliance even under difficult lighting situations. It also delivers photos with contrasting edges, without color fringing. This ultra wide-angle provides the photographer with a tool that enables dramatic perspectives and creative possibilities. Its useful for landscape photography, interiors and other subjects that require its unique spatial organization. It focuses to 9.84" (24.99 cm).

The manual focus 15mm f/2.8 supports all key modes (e.g. aperture priority, shutter priority, program AE or manual exposure settings) on camera models equipped with an electronic interface--current Nikon DSLR cameras. The Distagon T* 15mm f/2.8 comes with an F bayonet (ZF.2) mount for Nikon film and digital SLRs. It has an M95 x 1.0 size filter thread and a built-in lens shade.

Features: 

  • Extraordinary chromatic aberration correction
  • Prevention of color fringes caused by chromatic aberration almost without exception.
  • Two aspheric lenses, special types of glass with exceptional partial dispersion and the floating elements design, guarantee high image quality from close-up to infinity.
  • Anti-reflective coating and the advanced treatment of the lens edges with special dark black lacquers ensure insensitivity to reflections and stray light.
  • Whether salt crystals or drops of water-its integrated lens shade and standard filter thread afford the front lens optimal protection from wind and weather.

Product Details

  • Product Dimensions: 5 x 5 x 6 inches ; 1.6 pounds
  • Shipping Weight: 2.1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • ASIN: B00851KM8Q
  • Item model number: 1964-831
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Product Warranty: For warranty information about this product, please click here
  • Date first available at Amazon.com: September 6, 2012

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Most ultra wide angles suffer from CA and dull edges.
Aperture Science
I've used it on the Nikon D800E and now the D810...this lens is an excellent match for the high resolution of these two cameras.
Tycoop
First, let me say that the construction quality of this lens is quite superb.
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25 of 26 people found the following review helpful By Busy Executive TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on March 19, 2013
Although I own the mighty Nikon 14-24 zoom, I recently found myself a thousand miles from home without it, and in desperate need of an ultra-wide for my D800E. Luckily, there was a pro camera shop nearby, and I had a chance to rent one of these wonderful lenses.

First, let me say that the construction quality of this lens is quite superb. Everything metal, everything precise and smooth as silk. At about 10% less weight than the Nikon 14-24, it certainly felt right at home on my D800E, and it handled at least as well as my 14-24.

Something that will attract a lot of photographers is that the Zeiss accepts filters, while the 14-24 Nikon does not. I find the large front element on the Nikon lens causes me to treat it gingerly. I know it's not true, but I fear even a fingerprint on that front element will be a disaster. With a 95mm filter protecting the Zeiss front element, I felt much more secure. Of course, there aren't all that many filters available in the 95mm thin-mount size - but even just that UV filter acting as a lens protector makes a difference.

A lens this wide doesn't need a lot of manual focus due to the extreme depth of field. At f/5.6, you can set the lens to the hyperfocal distance of 4.4 feet, and you'll have everything from 2.2 feet to infinity in adequate focus. Still, where you might want more precision, the manual focus is a joy to use.

As for the image quality, I found the Zeiss to be slightly better than the Nikon 14-24 in a few areas. Most notable is chromatic aberration...on my 14-24, I can usually find some examples of color fringes if I look hard enough, especially at the widest end and at f/2.8. The Zeiss has virtually none of this, and to my eye, it has less overall distortion.
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20 of 21 people found the following review helpful By Aperture Science on December 23, 2012
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After doing a bit of testing, I am stunned on how good this lens is. Most ultra wide angles suffer from CA and dull edges. This lens blows away any ultra wide angle made for canon or Nikon SLR mounts. Yes, the 14-24mm is great, but if you do most of your shooting on the 14mm get this lens.

Do you hate to manual focus? Zeiss lenses are so perfectly calibrated at the factory, all you have to do is knock it to infinity and shoot away. As long as your 6 feet away from your object, you don't have to move the focus ring, but you will want to because its the best focus ring you ever turned.

Only bad thing, vignetting @ f2.8. But you know what? I add it in lightroom anyway, it gives images character. If your a nikon shooter with a D600 or D800, you have 14 stops of dynamic range anyway, just shoot raw and you can easily correct it. Also, Lightroom 4 has the profile for it.

Note: I shoot with a D800E, I believe it out resolves my sensor...wow!

I will update this review in a few months, I just need to find some good weather and time to go shooting again.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Tycoop on October 23, 2014
As an architectural and real estate photographer, I use this lens about 95% of the time for the interior of homes and buildings. I cannot imagine a lens other than the Zeiss 15mm Distagon being better suited for this purpose...I need the ultra-wide angle to compose as much of the rooms as possible. I used to own the 14-24, and there's no doubt that is an excellent lens. However, at f/8 and f/11 (the stops I use the most), I have yet to use a wide angle lens which renders an image as crisp and clear, center to edge, than the Zeiss 15mm.

Just to test it out, I have used it wide-open occasionally...and as is typical of some Zeiss lenses, there is minor color fringing (easily correctible in Photoshop) and vignetting...this is gone at f/5.6. My old 14-24 had noticeably more vignetting and color fringing wide open at 2.8, and the distortion of the 14-24mm, especially at its wide end of 14mm, at the edges was impossible to ignore. The Zeiss 15mm has minor distortion at the edges, but it's hard to notice most of the time unless you're looking for it.

As was mentioned by another reviewer here, a major advantage of the Zeiss 15mm over the Nikon 14-24 is the ability of the Zeiss to accept 95mm filters...not only to protect the front of the lens, but also to permit the use of a neutral density filter without the need of lugging around the expensive and cumbersome SW150 Lee filter holder, custom made for the 14-24. I enjoy being able to use the Zeiss for long exposure waterscape/landscape shots with the aid of 95mm ND filters (nothing beats Singh-Ray 5, 10, and 15 stop Mor-Slo ND filters...but that's a topic for another review).

As is typical with most Zeiss lenses, manual focusing is buttery smooth and precise. Build quality is second to none...
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By A Hwang on December 4, 2013
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This is a solid, heavy, metal body lens. It is manual focus but other than focus it can do the automatic things modern nikon lenses can do on a dslr. Focus ring is very smooth and it stops at infinity. Compared side by side with Nikon 14-24 it had less distortion and also much less reflections from the lens elements when there were bright lights in the field of view, especially for low light or night photography.
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