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Zeiss 18mm f/3.5 Distagon T*

18mm
Review Date: Dec 10, 2011 Recommend? yes | Price paid: $1,300.00 | Rating: 10 

 
Pros: Sharp, lightweight, nice rendering, takes a polarizer
Cons:

OK, I keep seeing all the so-so reviews for this lens and just had to speak up.

I own a lot of high-end glass - including the Zeiss 21 - so it does take a lot for me to be impressed with a lens.

For my usage, this lens is excellent. I use it exclusively for landscape work and find across the frame sharpness to be exceptional - and I love the way it renders.

I'm generally shooting it on a D3x in the F8-F11 range, so maybe stopping down is the trick to using this lens (honestly, never used it wide open). All I know is when I need to go wide I don't hesitate to grab this lens. It's been a consistant producer for me.