Summary: I have a Canon T2i and a Mark II and several Canon lenses - mainly primes; I prefer primes. I heard about the Zeiss "look", although I was not sure what that meant. I heard that Zeiss and Leica lenses produce photographs that have a special "look" and "feel" to their photographic quality - I have...
Excerpt: I bought this lens because I needed a great wide lens for video and I had the 17-40mmL from Canon, which wasn't good enough for me. I bought it right away because I own the 35mm f1.4 and the 50mm f1.4 from Carl Zeiss and those are the best lenses I've ever had.
Pros: Nice Bokeh, Rugged, Sharp, Strong Construction
Excerpt: The construction of this lens is fantastic, and it feels like what a good lens should... well made. It's a slight step above the nice Canon zooms in terms of sharpness and chromatic aberration.. and definitely sharper in the corners when shooting it around f/5.6 or f/8
Excerpt: The Zeiss 18mm is the latest lens in my Zeiss ZE inventory and rounds out, at the wide end, the 50, 35 and 25 I have. I shoot video with a Sony FS100 digital cinema camera, which has an S35 size sensor. The 18mm has an effective crop of a 27mm lens on a full frame still camera.
Pros: Build Quality Perfection, Consistent Output, Durable, Easily Interchangeable, Expensive But Fair Price, Heavy, Nice Bokeh, Perfection In Focus Feel, Rugged, Strong Construction
Summary: I purchased this lens a few months ago and it is amazing. I slapped this beast on my Canon 5D Mark III and it is now my go-to. The image quality is astonishing. I did a ton of research on wide angle glass for over a year before going for this.
Excerpt: The one thing I noticed most is that this lens offers light contrast and more organic sharpness, more akin to a cinema than DSLR lens. While it isn't super sharp it does push a nice contrast gradient into your images. Lens flares are great if you want them but well controlled.
Excerpt: Maybe we were being naive to think it would distort less, but we were disappointed in the lens and returned it and used the credit to buy other gear instead. We felt we would not use it because of our disappointment and would be better suited renting a quality wide if the need ever arised.
Zeiss is much sharper in the corners than Canon lenses on a full frame body
3 September 2012
Summary: Having owned or used four Canon wide angle lenses, I was very disappointed with all of them on a 5D full frame body. 20-35 L lens was the worst, 17-40mm and 20mm F/2.8 were poor, and my 28mm f/2.8 must have been a bad sample.
Excerpt: I specialize in Real Estate and Architectural Photography. This lens is incredibly sharp, corner to corner. Color/contrast is definitely an improvement over Canon L Series Lenses. ( I have 9, including a 14 mm F2.8L) Manual focus on this lens is actually quicker to achieve than the auto on the 14mm,...
Pros: Consistent Output, Durable, Easily Interchangeable, Lightweight, Rugged, Strong Construction