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Carl Zeiss ZF.2 15mm f/2.8 Distagon T*

Weather Sealing and Rain

For the Purissima Creek Redwoods examples, I shot for about 3 hours in the rain, and had to clean the front element only once— the built-in lens hood does a very good job at keeping off any rain that is coming straight down. I think it would have been impossible to keep the Nikon 14-24 free of raindrops in these conditions, because the Nikon’s bulbous front element is less recessed under the lens shade that the Zeiss 15/2.8 front element (and the Zeiss can take 95mm filters).

But shooting in the rain is NOT recommended by Zeiss:

Our lenses are not water resistant and this gives your readers an impression the lens can be used under these conditions. This is how fungus gets started in lenses, they must be kept dry!

Zeiss generally will not service a lens with fungus because opening such a lens will release fungal spores.

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