Zeiss Distagon T* 28mm f/2.0

Last updated (01 July’11):
– Review by Pebbleplace

The Zeiss Distagon T* 28mm f/2.0 features 28mm at focal length with maximum aperture of f/2.0. The lens construction has 10 elements in 8 groups and has diagonal angle of view at 74 degrees. Closest focusing distance at 9.45 ” (24 cm) and has a filter size of 58 mm. The Zeiss Distagon T* 28mm f/2.0 lens weighs 18.34 oz (520 g) and it measures 2.52 inches in diameter and 3.66 inches long.

Overall Rating: ★★★★☆ | Latest Price Info

Expert Reviews

Zeiss Distagon T* 28mm f/2.0 Reviews

Pebbleplace reviews the Zeiss Distagon T* 28mm f/2.0 and writes;
“Thus far the most impressive aspect of the 28mm Distagon ZE has been its resolution at near and mid focus distances. A well executed floating element design results in a sharp lens across its entire focusing range. The 28mm ZE’s near focus resolution and sharpness is excellent. I compared some product shots taken with the Canon 50mm F2.5 Macro and the 28mm ZE; the Zeiss 28mm images looked as sharp and as detailed as the 50mm Macro images. Resolution is equally impressive at 5, 10 or 12 feet. The 28mm ZE appears to do well as traditional wide angle lens as well. But I feel that F11 images focused at infinity sort of miss the point – the 28mm ZE really shines at the near distances.”
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SLRLensreview reviews the Zeiss Distagon T* 28mm f/2.0 and writes;
“Carl Zeiss ‘Hollywood’ Distagon T* 28mm f/2 is an excellent wide angle prime that is certainly worth your consideration. There is one caveat you need to be aware of – if you are using a Canon 5D series cameras, you might experience problems with this lens. Specifically, the lens might cause your camera to lock up due to the camera’s mirror not clearing the rear of the lens. Other then this rather unpleasant (possible) side effect, the lens showcases very good characteristics with strong resolving capabilities, good color reproduction, relatively low color fringing. Like with all wide angles, you will see some vignetting and some barrel distortion with Contax Carl Zeiss Distagon T* 28mm f/2but this should not be a major surprise to anyone. All in all, a solid performing wide angle.”
Rating: ★★★★☆

SLRGear reviews the Zeiss Distagon T* 28mm f/2.0 and writes;
“When Rob Galbraith asked Kornelius Mueller of Zeiss about the anticipated performance of a Zeiss 28mm ƒ/2, Mueller speculated that corner softness and CA would be better than present models. Based on test results, Zeiss hasn’t produced a significant improvement; corner softness, corner shading and CA are particularly bad, though you’ll really only see these issues on a full-frame camera body.”
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Photozone reviews the Zeiss Distagon T* 28mm f/2.0 and writes;
“We weren’t really impressed by the T* 25mm f/2.8 but the The Zeiss Distagon T* 28mm f/2 plays in a very different (better) quality league – it’s even slightly superior to the T* 35mm f/2 which is certainly no slouch. The lens is sharp straight from f/2 and it reaches excellent quality levels around f/5.6. There’s some field curvature at f/2 and f/2.8 which may be a problem in certain scenes (out-of-focus corners) though. Lateral CAs are comparatively low and nothing to worry about either. The moderate degree of distortions is about average for a prime lens in this class.”
Rating: ★★★★☆

User Opinions

Zeiss Distagon T* 28mm f/2.0 User Reviews

Terrific on DSLR and Micro 4/3
“This is one of four Zeiss lenses I have the pleasure of owning. Incredible optics, bokah and clarity/sharpness. I prefer Zeiss to Leica lenses, as I find them more neutral. I use the lens on a Nikon D2Xs and Panasonic DMC-GF1 with Voigtlander adapter.” – by jmkays
Rating: ★★★★★

Great lens.. Sharp, Great colors
“i have canon (35mm 1.4L) and nikon (85 mm 1.4) lenses.. all the lens mentioned above are great and this zeiss is just as good.. I would have bought the nikon 24mm 1.4 G lens for this trip, but it was out of stock and decided to get this lens.. using MF lens after 15 odd years, was a good change.. this lens lived up to the zeiss hype on the internet.. focuses very close with good results.. infinity is a fixed location and it delivers sharp results.. don’t buy a polarizer filter as this lens renders blue sky very well.. highly recommended if you can handle manual focus lens .. these lenses are built very well and will last a lifetime.. only down side is that you may end up wanting to buy the distagon 21mm and/or the 100mm makro down the road, like me..” – by Sharma jee
Rating: ★★★★★

One more Zeiss gem
“Using this lens for street shooting and landscape work makes it quite versatile for me. Mechanics, i.e. built, materials, moving parts are top like all Zeiss lenses in this line up. f/2 delivers a bright viewfinder and allows for more creative composition. This is a manual focus lens, which might slow down the process from time to time. Using it on DX cameras, the achieved field of view corresponds almost to ‘normal’ view and makes a nice one-lens walk around combo.” – by UdoinDesert
Rating: ★★★★★

Another artist’s lens
“Without a doubt, the ZF 28/2 Distagon has considerable “personality” which must be understood to exploit it fully. The Zeiss designs are clearly “artist’s lenses”–they do not render images generically like the brand-name alternatives. Some of them draw so differently that the usual “by the numbers” comparisons are actually quite misleading. The ZF line offers image rendition unlike any other lens line, together with astonishing consistency in color rendition and flare control. The 28/2 Distagon has some close-range field curvature which can be exploited to good effect, along with beautiful bokeh, stunning contrast and superb flare control.” – by Lloyd L. Chambers
Rating: ★★★★★

The Best 28mm Lens Not Made By Nikon for its Manual Focusing SLRs
“This fantastic Zeiss Distagon lens is a slightly improved version of the legendary Contax SLR Zeiss 28mm f2 Distagon which, unfortunately, was not produced as long as its f2.8 sibling. Without a doubt, this lens (or rather, the Zeiss version which I do own) is the best 28mm lens I know of for manual focusing Nikon SLR cameras. It offers superb contrast and resolution at virtually all apertures, with optimal performance at f4 and slower apertures. However, still at both f2 and f2.8, this lens demonstrates superb contrast and resolution from the center of the lens outward towards its edges. This is a great lens which I strongly recommend for available light photography, but I can also recommend it too for all-around, general purpose photography as well.” – by John Kwok
Rating: ★★★★★

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Features & Specifications

Zeiss Distagon T* 28mm f/2.0 Specifications

The Zeiss Distagon T* 28mm f/2.0 Lens with ZF.2 Mount for Nikon F Mount SLRs is a moderate wide-angle lens based on the renowned Distagon design of the 1980s for the Contax system. The modern Distagon T* 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.

This high-performance lens captures very detailed scenes with high accuracy and information content. Its fast f/2.0 aperture allows for handheld photography under difficult lighting conditions and it is well-suited for landscape, nature, and commercial photography. This manual focus Carl Zeiss SLR lens is for use with both analog and digital single-lens reflex cameras that are compatible with the ZF.2 lens mount.

* Moderate wide-angle lens
* Due to its high-performance capability, this lens can capture very detailed scenes with high accuracy and information content
* Optimized with higher-performing and eco-friendly glass
* Incorporates a floating lens element design to optimize image quality across the entire focusing range
* This lens has a fast f/2.0 aperture to enable handheld photography under difficult lighting conditions
* Well-suited for landscape, nature, and commercial photography

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