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Zeiss 28mm f/2 Distagon T*

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The Famous High-speed Artist
This moderate wide-angle lens is based on the renowned Distagon design of the 1980s for the Contax system. The modern Distagon T* 2/28 has been optimized with current, higher performing and eco-friendly glass and incorporates a floating lens element design to optimize image quality across the entire focusing range. A compact lens for its speed, the fast f/2 aperture allows for hand-held photography under diffi cult lighting conditions and is well-suited for landscape, nature and commercial photography. The Distagon T* 2/28 is available with the F bayonet (ZF) and K bayonet (ZK) lens mounts and is designed for use with full-frame SLR and DSLR cameras. Combined with a DSLR with a 1.5 crop factor, the lens has an effective focal length of 42 mm.

Focal length 28 mm
Aperture range f/2 – f/22
Focusing range 0.24 m – infinity
Number of elements/groups 10/8
Angular field, diag./horiz. 74°/65°
Coverage at close range 18 x 12 cm
Filter thread M 58 x 0,75
Dimensions (with caps) ř 64 mm, length 93 mm
Weight 520 g
Camera mounts F Mount (ZF & ZF.2) EF Mount (ZE) K Mount (ZK)


 


          
Peter Kotsa
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Registered: Nov 1, 2007
Location: Australia
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Review Date: Jul 5, 2014 Recommend? yes | Price paid: Not Indicated | Rating: 10 

 
Pros: Great look, micro contrast
Cons:
Pricey

This lens has a unique look. It seems to "pop" more than the other ZE lenses in my arsenal. Extremely Sharp in the center at f2 and stopped down to 5.6+ the edges are excellent.
A tad CA but nothing that any RAW software can't fix.
Overall a lovely piece of glass


Jul 5, 2014
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Carles77
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Registered: Sep 19, 2012
Location: Spain
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Review Date: Feb 18, 2014 Recommend? yes | Price paid: $900.00 | Rating: 9 

 
Pros: very creative, perfect fov, 3D rendering, nice at f/2 (artistic), solid
Cons:
colors maybe not the best in some moments, corners at f/2 but no worries

Very nice lens for artistic shots and B&W. For me the best focal length it's 28mm so this lens are great for portraits and landscapes. The problem are the colours for landscape... too soft. Anyway really happy with this lens.

Feb 18, 2014
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Registered: Sep 25, 2004
Location: Australia
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Review Date: Jun 23, 2013 Recommend? yes | Price paid: Not Indicated | Rating: 10 

 
Pros: Amazing LOOK, super sharp, great colour
Cons:
$$, Manual focus

This is my 4th Zeiss ZE lens. I own the 50 Makro, 50 1.4, 35 f2 and 28 f2. Out of all the above lenses, the 28 is in a different league. Technically speaking its not a perfect lens, but thats not why people are buying this lens. The LOOK that the 28 gives is unique, to say the least. Firstly it is razor sharp at f2 and the drawing quality and micro-contrast is amazing. The subject matter not only pops out of the image, but has a beautifully renditioned 3D feel as well. The colour is superb and the distortion is exceptional for a wide angle lens.

Its corners are not as sharp wide open as the 35 f2, but then again, this lens produces a completely unique look and perspective, which I feel has not been replicated in any other Zeiss lens in the ZE range.

Top glass and a keeper.


Jun 23, 2013
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Review Date: Sep 20, 2011 Recommend? yes | Price paid: Not Indicated | Rating: 10 

 
Pros: Beautiful, contrasty images. Very sharp. Vignetting not a problem a couple of stops down. Extremely well built.
Cons:
None

After struggling with various mount adapters and focussing screens to use Contax Zeiss lenses on a Canon 5D2, this lens is great to use. Brought back everything I loved with Zeiss lens - high contrast, 3D and colour pop. Very different imaging characteristics to various fast prime Canon EFs I use. Focussing is fast and easy with confirmation in viewfinder. Handling the all-metal Zeiss is a very pleasant experience. This Zeiss, together with another fantastic manual focus lens - a Voigtlander 40mm f2 - are my most used lenses now.

Sep 20, 2011
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Registered: Sep 28, 2007
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Review Date: Apr 15, 2011 Recommend? yes | Price paid: $1,283.00 | Rating: 10 

 
Pros: High resolution, excellent micro-contrast, compact size, typical “Zeiss” build and look
Cons:
Strong micro-contrast - can be negative for certain portraits

This lens reminds me of the legendary 21/2.8. It has very similar qualities, albeit not as sharp as the 21/2.8. The resolution, however, is sufficiently good for FF sensor. It produces typical Zeiss 3D look - has excellent micro-contrast and wonderful colors. Love it for urban photography. Vignetting is strong wide open, but I happen to like vignetting. So, no complaints from me there.
Overall, an excellent piece of glass..! No regrets buying..!


Apr 15, 2011
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markloy
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Registered: Apr 23, 2009
Location: Singapore
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Review Date: Apr 9, 2011 Recommend? yes | Price paid: Not Indicated | Rating: 10 

 
Pros: Build quality, extremely sharp even wide open, good color and contrast. Strong micro-contrast, high resolution.
Cons:
none

To bring out the best in this lens, one needs to be creative - this is not a point and shoot lens. Photos produced can be very artistic in the right hand.

Apr 9, 2011
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Registered: Dec 7, 2005
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Review Date: Sep 6, 2010 Recommend? yes | Price paid: Not Indicated | Rating: 10 

 
Pros: It works very well in FF and also in APS-C. Incredible for landscape and also for portraits in 1.6. Close up capacities. Great if not the best "50" mm for APS-C.
Cons:
Not for the moment.

Nothing to say about this lens. Just in line with 21 mm.
The lens is very compact, and their close up capacities with f2 aperture makes a very nice normal lens in 1.6 and spectacular wide angle in FF (very sharp arround the frame). It compares positively well with my sold Canon 35 1.4.
It is very dificult for me to appreciate the field curvature that some people comment.


Sep 6, 2010
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Review Date: Aug 2, 2010 Recommend? no | Price paid: Not Indicated | Rating: 6 

 
Pros: Usual Zeiss build, balances nicely on my 5D II, sharp close up as well as at infinity, good 3D.
Cons:
Colour fringing is more than it ought to be or any other Zeiss lens I have. It is for me a difficult lens to get good results from. If no foreground is included, shots tend to be flat and dull, which rules it out for landscape, not a good feature for a 28mm FL.

I bought this lens after my ZE35 was stolen, hoping it to be either a "wider 35", or a "narrower 21", both these lenses being, despite their differences, extremely pleasing to me. Well, the 28 is neither. Unless I work seriously hard at it, results tend to be "flat" and "boring" by comparison with other Zeiss lenses. It comes into its own when mixing foreground and some mid-distance background, which is good for cityscape, but not for landscape, a severe limitation for a 28mm lens IMHO.
From a more technical point of view, it is sharp from MFD (which is very close up) to infinity, so that is not an issue. Colours tend to be more "neutral" than from any of my other Zeiss, requiring more push in post. It also suffers from more colour fringing than one would like from a lens of this caliber.
In summary, while I have gotten nice shots form mine, I have yet to get a single "Wow!" shot, which I get/got lots of from my 21 and 35. If this had been my first Zeiss lens, I doubt that I would have converted all my lenses to Zeiss.


Aug 2, 2010
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Review Date: May 15, 2010 Recommend? no | Price paid: Not Indicated | Rating: 8 

 
Pros: Typical Zeiss "look"; wonderful color and 3-D
Cons:
Field curvature, vignetting, heavy

I have to be the contrarian voice. Bought the ZF version on a lark when offered a great deal; I already owned the Nikkor 28/2. I was aware of the Zeiss' strong vignetting (f/2-2.8), color fringing (easily correctible PP) and field curvature but after extensive shooting, its central sharpness was just not overwhelming compared to the Nikkor 28/2. The latter is smaller, more gentle on skin tones and while probably not as sharp in the center wide-open when pixel-peeping, it is the match of the Zeiss by f/5.6. It's also considerably less expensive than the Zeiss. The singular advantage of the ZF.2 is of course the chip; Nikon bodies can then utilize 3D matrix metering.

May 15, 2010
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Review Date: Apr 16, 2010 Recommend? yes | Price paid: Not Indicated | Rating: 8 

 
Pros: Close focusing corner sharpness, color, contrast, edge to edge central sharpness, build, little to no CA
Cons:
Vignetting wide open, light loss on edges

Light loss wide open is most pronounced at F2 especially with scenics during daylight. Vignettes at F2 , F2.8 gone by F4.

When shooting MFD the corners have excellent sharpness wide open but this softens as you shoot further out.

The central areas very sharp edge to edge, colours have traditional Zeiss coloring, terrific contrast


Apr 16, 2010
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Registered: Oct 2, 2005
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Review Date: Apr 10, 2010 Recommend? yes | Price paid: Not Indicated | Rating: 10 

 
Pros: Very sharp on both ends, great color and contrast.
Cons:
In extreme conditions exhibits bothersome purple fringing.

Plenty sharp for current 21/24MP cameras. Very good contrast and color. Better in that respect than any Canon L primes I have owned and comparable to Zeiss Z* 21 and 100mm lenses. This lens has very good separation of photographed subjects from each other and from the background (which I believe some people call "3D effect"). This lens has very good flare control. I haven't seen any veiling flare so far and if you shoot directly to the sun, the reflections are minimal or none.

The only negative comment I have about optical quality of this lens is tendency to show purple fringing. I saw it mostly in initial testing in harsh light at f/2, but I have it in some real life pictures as well. Most raw converters will remove it automatically, if you turn this feature on.

The lens has minimal focusing distance of 24cm/10", which gives interesting creative possibilities. The lens has floating design and retains good sharpness at both ends of the focusing scale.

The build quality seems excellent and focusing is very smooth. I think the anodized finish is less forgiving than rubber and polycarbonate of professional lenses from Nikon and Canon and will scratch easily. The time will tell.


Apr 10, 2010
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Zeiss 28mm f/2 Distagon T*

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Reviews Views Date of last review
11 22830 Jul 5, 2014
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82% of reviewers $1,091.50
Build Quality Rating Price Rating Overall Rating
10.00
9.22
9.2
28mm