Rumor: Zeiss Distagon T* 2,8/15 ZF.2/ZE super wide angle lens to be announced in 10 days

Zeiss is rumored to announce a new Distagon T* 2,8/15 ZF.2/ZE super wide angle lens on March 16th, 2012. The lens is expected to start shipping in May, 2012. The angle of view will be 110 degrees. The lens will have a 95mm filter thread. The widest Zeiss lens for DLSR cameras is currently the Distagon T* 18mm f/3.5 ($1,395.00). Zeiss produces also the Super Wide Angle 15mm f/2.8 Distagon T* ZM lens for M-mount ($4,600.00). The new Distagon T* 2,8/15 is expected to be available for Canon and Nikon mounts (not sure at that point for any other mounts).

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  • MJr

    Oh man this would be so awesome on a D800 ! But it has a tough challenge competing with the 14-24.

    • lynn

      the 14-24 is only good at 24mm, and is noticeably distorted at 14mm. If the zeiss 15mm prime can control the distrotions and colors, the 14-24 is no match, quality over zooms! But just hope it is not $4,600.00

      • lynn
        • El Aura

          Distortion is not all. In terms of border and corner resolution, 24 mm is the weakest point of the 14-24 mm.

        • lynn

          well said! the 14-24 is not such a great lens afterall (excellent but not great). but $1800 for the nikon and $4600 for a zeiss prime?

      • El Aura

        If the 14-24 mm is only good at 24 mm (where it has a distortion of 0.25%) and not at 18 or 21 mm with 1.6 and 0.5% distortion, respectively, all those nice Zeiss primes or not good either:
        18 mm f/3.5: 1.8%
        21 mm f/2.8: 1.7%
        25 mm f/2.8: 1.7%
        28 mm f/2: 1.8%

        • lynn

          right! Not all zeiss are great, gotta pick n choose. But even then, their IQ and rendering are better than nikon lenses. even the sony a-mount zeiss primes are better than the canikon mounts, wonder why. I love mainly the zeiss m-mounts, some are on par to the leica m-mounts which costs triple. My 18mm f4.0 Zeiss ZM m-mount have NO distortion.

          But the zeiss do get better with each revision. This new 15mm I would expect more controlled distortion, CA, and sharpness resolution over the pretty old previous versions. F-mount should be half priced as m-mount since they are not coupled.

          • Daryl

            re: Zeiss IQ and rendering is better than Nikon.

            Zeiss produces lenses that are normally more expensive than Nikon and Canon, they charge more because their IQ is aimed higher than Nikon and Canon. Lenses such as the Nikon 24mm f1.4 have the same IQ as the best Zeiss and the price reflects this effort by Nikon to produce the best. Lenses such as the 50mm f1.4 both Zeiss and Nikon are not their best, in this case each is trying to produce to a certain price point that is not conducive to the state of the art.

          • ExLeica

            I could be wrong, but, I believe the 15mm ZM is not rangefinder coupled. However, like you, I too hope the price is significantly less than the going price for the M version. Cheers!

      • Josh

        You don’t have a friggin’ clue as to what you are talking about. The 14-24 is STELLAR. Go and learn a thing or two about cameras and lenses. Tranny Poppins!

  • Tom K.

    In these pictures, is the lens hood on wrong? Shouldn’t the petals of the hood be oriented so the biggest part is over the “top” of the lens, aligned with the focus and aperture index? Or is this just some mock up of what the lens could be… I guess I’m calling photoshop fraud here!?

    • Daryl

      The petals appear 90 degrees offset but this is the new Zeiss configuration, the image is rotated 1/4 turn as it passes through the new aspherical elements thus reducing all axial (spherical) aberrations to zero. In addition it resolves any issues of sensor moire that might show up. The lens cost of course will be much higher with this type of glass and the tolerances are a magnitude higher than previous lens assembly, the MSRP is therefore $14,999.00

      • fred

        Yes, this is very exciting new technology. Canon and Nikon tried it for yeard, but gave up because of spherical chromatic diffraction fringing. Zeiss was finally able to do it because of their bismuth-gallium-uranium coating technology. Unfortunately because of the radioactivity these lenses will not be exported from Germany.

        • Daryl

          With the end of the world in Dec. 2012 Zeiss has decided to release the lens abroad so that the final days, hours and minutes can be documented without any distortion.

          • Jerome Olivier


  • alx

    Ho my ! 95mm filter thread !

    Does a 95mm ND 3.0 filter exist ?!

    • Sure it does…its called 6 inch drop in filters for Hollywood movie cams…

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