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| p.2 #6 · Canon 17mm TSE, 24mm TSE vs Zeiss 15mm ZE, 21mm ZE |
I think this is the first time I've ever heard someone accuse the Zeiss 21mm and 15mm lens of losing sharpness in the corners in 'abundance'. In fact I would say they are both extremely sharp, surely among the very best available.
Regarding vignetting both the Zeiss lenses are F2.8 and as you stop down to match the Canon 17mm TSE @ F4 and the 24mm TSE @ F3.5 the vignetting disappears rapidly.
As for build quality the Canon 24mm TSE that I own has a very 'gritty' feel when focussing and for a lens this expensive why are they silk screening...Show more →
Simon -- I meant the vignetting is extreme at the wider apertures, and my copy had accompanying reduced sharpness in the darkly vignette area until near cleared up full (which as around f/5.6). For the money paid for this manual focus Zeiss 21/2.8 lens, I expect it to be sharp and well corrected wide open, including mustache distortion. (I tolerate it in the inexpensive Samyang 14.)
Sorry you had a problem with TS-E focus smoothness -- you should send it in for repair under warranty. Out of five TS-E lenses, I've not had a problem like that, but I'm sure it happens. I did have a element out of alignment on the used 17 due to shipping damage by UPS, and it got repair rapidly and cheaply ($130 with my CPS 30% discount, paid for by the seller). Now it's simply gorgeous.
I don't even know where I'd send a Zeiss for a quick, cheap repair! For a complex mechanical lens, I want the confidence that it can be maintained and repaired without any hassle.
Engraving on the whole TS-E lens? The scales and all? Ha-ha! How much do you want to pay for a lens? You could probably send yours to Tiffany's and get it inlaid at the same time!
I just want something that gets the job done at a reasonable price and holds up pretty well.
Max -- Thanks for the review on the 17 TS-E vs. the ZE 18/3.5. That's a lens I've always been interested in. I noticed that the initial shots all show the 18 being about 1/2 stop faster than the other two. A little PP would have helped it look better. Not surprising to see how poor the 17-40 is in the corners, but that's a lens for $500 used! The 18 holds up very well considering used it can be had for around $900 -- it stays on my wish list.