Reviews and Problems with Carl Zeiss Distagon T* 3,5/18 ZE
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A very special lens to use if you take the time
Michael Pahl, Amazon
22 November 2013
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 even read that some can tell if a photograph was taken with a Zeiss or Leica lens. That sounded dubious to me.
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. The "Zeiss" quality was kept as I thought and I would recommend this lens to anyone who needs the best image quality in their videos. The best colors, sharpness and bokeh I've ever tried.
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..
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. In a perfect world I'd have the 15mm, but the price of that admittedly excellent lens is a bit high for my needs today.
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. I was considering the Canon 24mm TS II, but I couldn't justify it considering I already have a 24-105L. The 24mm TS II is much better in terms of image quality, but it isn't wide enough.
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. The only thing I really dislike is CA, but that is most easily fixed in post. Get up close to your subjects and this lens shines!
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. For now, our 24mm will do for wides.
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. You had to stop down to f/16 or f/22 to get the corners in, but diffraction then ruined the overall picture. I read the reviews of the Zeiss 18mm f/3.5 and their 21mm f/2.8, and when the 18mm showed up on eBay for $999 I took the plunge.
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, especially in low light. I use DxO Optics Pro, not Photoshop, to edit images. Any barrel/pincushion distortion, vignetting is automatically dealt with.
Pros: Consistent Output, Durable, Easily Interchangeable, Lightweight, Rugged, Strong Construction
Excerpt: I do astro imaging this lens provides wide angle views of the heavens that defy the imagination! The southern Milky Way showed beautiful nebulosity and countless of stars all pin point to the edge of the field. Well worth the price! So Glad I did not go any other route!
Pros: Consistent Output, Durable, Easily Interchangeable, Flat Field no Coma, Rugged, Strong Construction