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Carl Zeiss Distagon T* 28 mm f/2.0 ZF/ZK/ZE

22 May 2009
Szymon Starczewski

11. Summary

Pros:
  • fantastic build quality (all elements are metal)
  • perfect image quality in the center of the frame
  • very good image quality at the edge of the frame
  • low level of chromatic aberration
  • small distortion
  • almost no astigmatism
  • good performance against bright light
  • metal lens hood cap included

Con:
  • significant vignetting at maximum aperture
  • visible coma

It is hard to write anything critical about the Zeiss Distagon 28 mm f/2.0 T* since the lens is almost free of any cons whatsoever. Everyone who decides to purchase this lens, although investing a big sum of money, will be satisfied. Great optical and build qualities will guarantee long-term durable usage whether connected to a full frame camera body or to one equipped with an APS-C/DX diaphragm. The two small cons that we discovered above are not really very troublesome and would be very difficult to avoid in a wide-angle lens with good aperture anyway. All these qualities will encourage owners to keep the Zeiss on their camera bodies at all times.


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Carl Zeiss Distagon T* 28 mm f/2.0 ZF/ZK/ZE - Summary Carl Zeiss Distagon T* 28 mm f/2.0 ZF/ZK/ZE - Summary Carl Zeiss Distagon T* 28 mm f/2.0 ZF/ZK/ZE - Summary
Camera: Nikon D200
Parameters: 28 mm, f/2.0, exp. 1/750 sec., ISO 200
File: JPG, 3888x2592 pix, 4.5 MB
Camera: Nikon D200
Parameters: 28 mm, f/2.0, exp. 1/8000 sec., ISO 100
File: JPG, 3888x2592 pix, 3.3 MB
Camera: Nikon D200
Parameters: 28 mm, f/2.0, exp. 1/8000 sec., ISO 100
File: JPG, 3888x2592 pix, 3.9 MB
Carl Zeiss Distagon T* 28 mm f/2.0 ZF/ZK/ZE - Summary Carl Zeiss Distagon T* 28 mm f/2.0 ZF/ZK/ZE - Summary Carl Zeiss Distagon T* 28 mm f/2.0 ZF/ZK/ZE - Summary
Camera: Nikon D200
Parameters: 28 mm, f/2.0, exp. 1/8000 sec., ISO 100
File: JPG, 3888x2592 pix, 3.9 MB
Camera: Nikon D200
Parameters: 28 mm, f/2.8, exp. 1/350 sec., ISO 200
File: JPG, 3888x2592 pix, 4.6 MB
Camera: Nikon D200
Parameters: 28 mm, f/2.8, exp. 1/1250 sec., ISO 200
File: JPG, 3888x2592 pix, 4.4 MB
Carl Zeiss Distagon T* 28 mm f/2.0 ZF/ZK/ZE - Summary Carl Zeiss Distagon T* 28 mm f/2.0 ZF/ZK/ZE - Summary Carl Zeiss Distagon T* 28 mm f/2.0 ZF/ZK/ZE - Summary
Camera: Nikon D200
Parameters: 28 mm, f/4.0, exp. 1/2000 sec., ISO 100
File: JPG, 3888x2592 pix, 4.2 MB
Camera: Nikon D200
Parameters: 28 mm, f/8.0, exp. 1/250 sec., ISO 100
File: JPG, 3888x2592 pix, 2.9 MB
Camera: Nikon D200
Parameters: 28 mm, f/8.0, exp. 1/250 sec., ISO 100
File: JPG, 3888x2592 pix, 3.0 MB



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