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Diglloyd Guide to Zeiss offers comprehensive integrated coverage of Zeiss DSLR lenses for Canon and Nikon. Nearly a decade in the making, it covers everything you need to know for every lens in the ZF.2, ZE, Milvus and Otus lines. Zeiss mirrorless lenses are covered in Guide to Mirrorless and Zeiss ZM rangefinder lenses in Guide to Leica.
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Fast high performance APO wide angle.
Ultra high performance apochromatic normal lens, first in the Otus line.
Rendering style, bokeh and beauty.
Ultra high performance apochromatic medium telephoto, overview and technical.
Rendering style, bokeh and 'transparency' without peer.
Peering into shadows at night with the very best.
Outstanding build and optical quality across a wide range of focal lengths.
Milvus garb for the venerable 15/2.8 Distagon, with improved lens coating.
An outstanding 18mm design.
The classic 21/2.8 Distagon improved.
Highest performing 25mm from Zeiss ever.
Highest performing 35mm from Zeiss ever.
Classic design in the latest Milvus build.
Outstanding build and optical quality in a normal lens.
The classic 50/2 Makro-Planar improved.
Outstanding build and optical quality in a medium tele.
The classic 100/2 Makro-Planar improved.
On Otus, in effect. Milvus garb for the 135/2 APO, with improved lens coatings on one element. See the ZF.2/ZE 135/2 review pages.
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Background information on Zeiss lens designs and optics.
Sharpness and rendering.
Ultra high performance in an extreme wild wide angle lens.
A brilliant, but also colorful character.
Brilliant imaging, even wide open, but with a few quirks. (Review in progress)
Ultra high performance with a fast aperture.
A gem with unusual close-focus.
An artist’s drawing tool.
Strokes of a master.
Balance and poise.
Brilliant imaging in a compact package.
Comparing the two 50mm options near and far, more comparisons coming.
Versatility in a “normal” lens and macro too!
King of bokeh! Corner-to-corner sharpness, world class.
Beautiful bokeh, razor sharp, superb color correction.