Review for this lens is planned, here are some comments and sample images:
Carl Zeiss Distagon T* 28mm f/2.0 ZE Lens is an excellent lens. It is manual focus omly, but it has AF conformation and electronically controlled diaphragm. That means that it works exactly as Canon lenses with a small exception, that you have to turn focus ring yourself. I must say that focusing mechanism is mach better than any of the Canon AF lenses. Optically Carl Zeiss Distagon T* 28mm f/2.0 ZE is outstanding, especially at close distances. The lens is exceptionally sharp in the center of an image and very sharp in frame corners. Nothing from Canon at this focal length can even come close in image quality. It has outstanding flare control and very accurate rendition of tiny details. Thanks to excellent microcontrast, precise color reproduction and very pleasent, even delicious bokeh. Images rendered with this lens looks wonderful. Carl Zeiss Distagon T* 28mm f/2.0 ZE Lens is very similar in both build and image quality to Carl Zeiss Distagon T* 35mm f/2.0 ZE Lens.
If I shoot full frame camera, Carl Zeiss Distagon T* 35mm f/2.0 ZE Lens will be a perfect choice as walk around lens. But I use Canon 7D with a crop factor of 1.6. I think that Carl Zeiss Distagon T* 28mm f/2.0 ZE is a perfect walk around lens for me. I upgraded from Canon EF 28mm f/1.8 USM and dispite the lack of AF and price difference never regret about this decision and I'm very happy with the upgrade.
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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 difficult lighting conditions and is well-suited for landscape, nature and commercial photography. The Distagon T* 2/28 is available with the F bayonet (ZF.2) 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. – this is a short description from official Carl Zeiss web site.
Oficial press release:
Carl Zeiss introduces the wide-angle lens Distagon T* 2/28 ZE with EF bayonet, suitable for all analog and digital EOS camera models. With an initial aperture opening of 1:2, it is among the fastest lenses of its kind in its focal length. From landscape photography at dawn to interior shots under available light, the Distagon T* 2/28 ZE offers photographers plenty of room for creativity for hand held photography. Following the recent introduction of its two ultra-wide-angle lenses, the Distagon T* 3,5/18 ZE and the T* 2,8/21, the new Distagon T* 2/28 ZE is Carl Zeiss' first moderate wide-angle lens with EF bayonet.
Despite its fast aperture and complex retro-focus construction, the Distagon T* 2/28 ZE has a compact build. These characteristics make the lens a highly versatile and performance-driven tool for all types of photographers. Even with its wide angle, the lens enables photographers to play fully with an image's depth of focus. With a wide aperture opening, for example, one can effectively separate the motif from its background. With a small aperture opening, photographers can use the sharpness of the lens system for the entire image range. It is also ideally suited for shooting HD video due to its wide focus rotation, superb image quality and minimal breathing characteristics.
The floating elements design guarantees high imaging performance each time, from close-ups to infinity, enabling the photographer to make razor-sharp close-up images of even the tiniest objects. Thanks to the Carl Zeiss T* anti-reflective coating and meticulously crafted lenses, the new Distagon T* 2/28 ZE deals effortlessly with reflections and stray light. Brilliant pictures work every time, even under tough lighting conditions such as a breaking dawn.
Fly agaric mushroom in the forrest lit with sunbeam, Canon 7D, f/5.6, 1/50s.
Manarola village Italy Cinque Terre, Canon 7D, f/9, 1/60s.
Ripe wheat field, Russia, Canon 7D, f/6.3, 1/250s.
Locks on the bridge, Paris, France, Canon 7D, f/6.3, 1/800s
Opera interior, Paris, France, Canon 7D, ISO 1600, f/2.5, 1/25s
Opera interior, Paris, France, Canon 7D, ISO 800, f/3.2, 1/20s
Iris closeup. Canon 7D, f/5.6, 1/400s.