Zeiss 28mm f/2 Distagon T* Manual Focus Lens

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Lens stylePrime lens
Max Format Size 35mm FF  
Lens focal length28 mm  
Stabilization type No  
Camera mount Canon EF, Pentax KAF, Nikon F (FX)  
Angle of view 74  
Aperture (lens diaphragm)
Largest aperture opening F2.0  
Smallest aperture opening F22.0  
Includes aperture ring Yes  
Aperture annotations ZE (Canon) version has no aperture ring  
Total Elements 10  
Number of Groups 8  
Minimum focus distance 0.24 m (9.45")  
Maximum magnification ratio 0.21 x  
Autofocus type No  
Full time manual focus Unknown  
Lens distance scale Yes  
Depth of field scale Yes  
Physical features
Overall weight520 g (1.15 lb)  
Lens diameter 64 mm (2.52")  
Overall length 93 mm (3.66")  
Sealing No  
Filter thread size 58 mm  
Lens hood included Yes  
Tripod collar included No

Lens Includes

Front & Rear Lens Caps
Lens Hood
2-Year Warranty


The Best 28mm Lens Not Made By Nikon for its Manual Focusing SLRs, July 20, 2008

By John Kwok (New York, NY USA)

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. Due to its superior T* multicoating and ample aperture blades (I believe either 9 or 10), it renders out-of-focus areas with a very pleasant, almost subtle, bokeh.

Another artist's lens, July 11, 2008

By Lloyd L. Chambers "http://diglloyd.com" (Portola Valley, CA USA)

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.

The Zeiss 28/2 Distagon offers great artistic possibilities at f/2 (for several different optical reasons). By comparison, an f/2.8 lens has 1.4X the depth of field of an f/2 lens, and As a result loses such expressive potential. This is one reason that I wish Zeiss had made the 25/2.8 Distagon an f/2 design instead, and why a 20/f/1.4 would be appealing.

Zeiss 28mm f/2 Distagon T* MF Lens

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