Mini Review: Zeiss ZF/ZE 28mm f/2 Distagon
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The Zeiss 28mm f/2 Distagon is a workhorse lens that is easier to focus in dim light than the 25/2.8 Distagon while giving up only a modest amount of angular coverage.
Unlike the 25/2.8 Distagon, the 28/2 Distagon is corrected for close distances, utilizing a floating element for improved close-focus quality.
The 28/2 Distagon is a superb choice for all-around indoor/outdoor shooting where apertures f/2 – f/4 will be used, and high imaging quality is demanded.
The main feature of note is field curvature, which can be exploited to excellent effect, but will not test well on a resolution chart (close up). Other lenses fare less well in this regard, so maintain perspective. I love this lens for walk-around shooting at dusk or dawn.
Canon and Nikon and Pentax versions are optically identical.
|Aperture scale:||f/2 - f/22|
|Focusing range:||0.24m - infinity|
|Angular field, diag./horiz./vert||74° / 65° / 46°|
|Coverage at close range:||18 X 12 cm|
|Image ratio at close range:||1:5|
|Number of elements/groups:||10 elements in 8 groups|
|Filter thread:||M 58 X 0.75|
|Dimensions (with caps):||65mm in diameter, 94mm w/ caps|
|Entrance pupil:||29mm behind the front lens|
|List price:||$1283 street price|
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The distortion is wave-type distortion: first barrel distortion (bowing outwards), then reversing to faint pincushion distortion.
Much larger and more numerous examples are found in the full review.
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If you were to pick one great all-around lens for shooting, you could hardly do better than the Zeiss 28mm f/2 Distagon. A moderate wide angle, it can be applied to everything from portraiture to landscape to documentary photography. It’s high brilliance and fast f/2 aperture make it a great lens for shooting at dusk or night also.
You can get the 28/2 Distagon at B&H Photo for Canon or Nikon.
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