Zeiss Distagon T* 2.8 15mm ZF.2 ZE lens announced

The new Zeiss Distagon T* 2,8/15 lens is now official. Adorama is now taking pre-orders for the Nikon ZF.2 and Canon ZE versions. Here are the detailed specs:

Technical data

  • Focal length 15 mm
  • Aperture range f/2.8 -22
  • Number of lens elements/groups 15/12
  • Focusing range: 0.25m – infinity
  • Angular field** (diag./horiz./vert.) 110°/ 100°/ 76°
  • Coverage at close range** 340 x 221 mm (close-up)
  • Image ratio at close range 1:9 (close-up)
  • Filter thread M95 x 1.0
  • Length with caps 132 mm (ZF.2)
  • 135 mm (ZE)
  • Diameter 103 mm (ZF.2)
  • 103 mm (ZE)
  • Weight 730 g (ZF.2)
  • 820 g (ZE)
  • Mounts ZF.2 (F bayonet)
  • ZE (EF bayonet)

OBERKOCHEN, 16.03.2012. Carl Zeiss brings out a new super wide angle lens in May 2012. The super wide angle Distagon T* 2,8/15 will be available with an EF (ZE) or F bayonet (ZF.2). With an extra-large angle of view of 110 degrees in combination with a fast f/2.8 aperture, the lens enables the features for dramatic perspectives and performance demanded by the most ambitious landscape and architectural photographers. With a unique ability to capture events in a natural and extraordinary manner, it is also an ideal companion for advertising, journalism and commercial photography.

Thanks to the extreme angle of view of the lens, the fore- and background can be creatively emphasized in landscape and architecture photography. These applications will also benefit from the large depth-of-field, which provides a wide range of image sharpness from close-up up to infinity. With a close focus of 0.25m (10”) – combined with a wide angle view – photographers can work in tight spaces, while also allowing focus on close-up details. Distortion is extremely well controlled, producing naturally proportioned photographs which are not typical of many other super wide angle lenses. "With the Distagon T* 2,8/15, Carl Zeiss sets the standard in super wide angle photography," says Dr. Michael Pollmann, Consumer Lenses Program Manager in the Camera Lens Division of Carl Zeiss AG. "Even at full aperture it achieves outstanding detail rendition and opens up room for extremely imaginative design."

The Distagon T* 2,8/15 incorporates two aspheric lenses and special types of glass material with abnormal partial dispersion to provide an extraordinary correction of chromatic aberration. A floating elements design guarantees high image quality from close-focus through infinity. Like the other SLR lenses in the ZE and ZF.2 series, stray light and reflections are well controlled by the Carl Zeiss T* anti-reflective coating and the sophisticated treatment of the lens element edges with special light absorbing paint.

The robust all-metal barrel of the Distagon T* 2,8/15 is designed for decades of reliable service. A long focus rotation and buttery-smooth action is perfect for photographers who want to take control of their picture making, as well as for filmmakers looking for superior focus control. A nine blade aperture provides a nearly circular opening, producing natural looking out of focus details.

The lens shade is integrated into the design and helps to protect the lens surface from uninten- tional damage. The 95mm filter thread accepts all standard filters, including the recently released Carl Zeiss T* UV and POL filters.

The lens will begin shipping in May 2012 at a recommended retail price of €2,148 or US$2,948 (excluding VAT)*.

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  • Abhinav

    thats a lot of money

    • Harold Ellis

      dont worry, there will be lot of “smart” guys buying it, saying that it changed their photography and smooth focusing and that microcontrast is so dreamy…
      it is not that bad with world’s crisis after all

      • HaroldIsAWanker

        Smack! You are like a teacher for me.

  • andrey

    too cheap

  • Josh

    So let’s get this straight. The Nikon 14-24mm is a superb zoom, with better MTF graphs than this Zeiss and is more versatile as it goes from 14mm to 24mm. Oh and it’s $2,000 with AF. Sorry but this lens is just an overpriced Cosina prime.

    • jason

      This thing take normal filter

      • Josh

        Nothing ‘normal’ about 95mm filter. Zeiss only offers CPL and UV (useless on digital) filters in that size. Where are the ND and ND Grad filters? Yeah you would need a 3rd party expensive solution for those. Unless Zeiss makes a cheap solution for attaching those.

        • Josh

          You are a sad excuse for a man…

  • http://www.modifiedphotographics.com Jason

    I’ll stick with my 14-24 F2.8 thanks! Filter or no filter, I paid less for it and it’s more versatile. Even if I bought BOTH aftermarket filter holders for it, I would still have spent less money.

  • http://www.lihkin.net Nikhil

    Wow, there is a lot of vignetting on this lens. Not sure if it really is upto the other Zeiss Prime standards. The 14-24 seems to be a much better option for Nikon users atleast and it is cheaper. Check out this review with samples of the Zeiss:

    http://www.thephoblographer.com/2012/03/16/review-zeiss-15mm-f2-8-canon-ef-mount/

  • http://lionel-photo.webatu.com Lio

    I’m excited. Compared to the Nikon 14-24 this new lens has a more even resolution and contrast across the frame. Not to mention that if I understand well, the resolution is a little bit lower, but contrast is way higher wide open (Nikon lens MTF 30 just match Zeiss MTF 50).

    • http://lionel-photo.webatu.com Lio

      Ken Rockwell just publish his opinion: “World Best Ultra Wide for SLR” :)

      • Josh

        LOL. You are actually reading Ken Rockwell’s reviews? That explains your enthusiasm. LMAO!

      • Harold Ellis

        KR would more likely say:

        18-55 does the same thing for much less, but if u want it, buy it.

        • MJr

          Nah man, he’s over that. Now it’s Leica or Zeiss only.

  • http://www.flickr.com/photos/60455482@N00/ Clint Dunn

    Damn…I was really looking forward to this lens but $3k is a lot of dough. It will be interesting to see how it stacks up against the Samyang 14mm…..because it would have to be a LOT better to consider spending an extra $2400.

    • http://www.jsvfoto.com jsvfoto

      I was just thinking the same thing. The Nikkor is a in a league of its own. The Sammy is so-so. This Cosina prime better deliver the goods or it’s not going to sell very well.

  • MJr

    LOL the Phoblographer definitely scuffed the paint when he tapped the metal cap against the metal hood. He tried to wipe it off with this finger just out of the frame, but apparently no luck as you can see near the end of the vid.

  • http://twitter.com/#!/ZDP189 ZDP-189

    Not much bothered about this lens. Too wide for most of the stuff I do and I already have a lens I modded for the EF mount that is this wide.

  • Banksie

    I’m sure it’s a nice lens. Excellent build quality, all metal, and with the Zeiss T* coating. And I’m sure a lot of R+D costs are invested in it. If it feels too expensive for you then don’t buy it. I’m not sure why people complain about prices all the time and use it as a way of completely negating a product and claiming its crap. Products are priced the way they are. Value is subjective, whereas price is set. It’s your choice to buy or not to buy.

    Plus a lot has to do with economies of scale. Don’t think Nikon isn’t making a fancy profit off their lenses just because they’re priced less. They also make and sell a lot more units, so they can sell for less and still make big profits. In the end you’re paying them just as much in overall profit margin out of your own pocket as you would be paying somebody like Zeiss. The difference is the actual upfront amount out of your own pocket. And the amount that is appropriate for you is a personal decision only you can determine.

    • Daniel

      Squirt! Squirt!

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