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  • Carl Zeiss presents a new Distagon T* 15mm f/2.8 Super Wide-Angle Lens

    The new ZEISS Distagon T* 15mm f/2.8 opens-up a new world of creative possibilities.

    Zeiss Distagon T* 15mm f/2.8 Lens Side

    Zeiss Distagon T* 15mm f/2.8 Lens

    The super wide angle Distagon T* 15mm f/2.8 will be available with a Canon EF (ZE) or Nikon F bayonet (ZF.2). With an extra-large angle of view of 110 degrees in combination with a fast f/2.8 aperture, the lens enables the features for dramatic perspectives and performance demanded by the most ambitious landscape and architectural photographers. With a unique ability to capture events in a natural and extraordinary manner, it is also an ideal companion for advertising, journalism and commercial photography.

    Thanks to the extreme angle of view of the lens, the fore and background can be creatively emphasized in landscape and architecture photography. These applications will also benefit from the large depth-of-field, which provides a wide range of image sharpness from close-up up to infinity. With a close focus of 0.25m (10”) – combined with a wide angle view, photographers can work in tight spaces, while also allowing focus on close-up details. Distortion is extremely well controlled, producing naturally proportioned photographs which are not typical of many other super wide angle lenses. "With the Distagon T* 15mm f/2.8, Carl Zeiss sets the standard in super wide angle photography," says Dr. Michael Pollmann, Consumer Lenses Program Manager in the Camera Lens Division of Carl Zeiss AG. "Even at full aperture it achieves outstanding detail rendition and opens up room for extremely imaginative design."

    The Distagon T* 15mm f/2.8 incorporates two aspheric lenses and special types of glass material with abnormal partial dispersion to provide an extraordinary correction of chromatic aberration. A floating elements design guarantees high image quality from close-focus through infinity. Like the other SLR lenses in the ZE and ZF.2 series, stray light and reflections are well controlled by the Carl Zeiss T* anti-reflective coating and the sophisticated treatment of the lens element edges with special light absorbing paint.

    The robust all-metal barrel of the Distagon T* 15mm f/2.8 is designed for decades of reliable service. A long focus rotation and buttery-smooth action is perfect for photographers who want to take control of their picture making, as well as for filmmakers looking for superior focus control. A nine blade aperture provides a nearly circular opening, producing natural looking out of focus details.

    The lens shade is integrated into the design and helps to protect the lens surface from unintentional damage. The 95mm filter thread accepts all standard filters, including the recently released Carl Zeiss T* UV and POL filters.

    The lens will begin shipping in May 2012 at a recommended retail price of $2,950 USD.

    Sample images taken with the Zeiss Distagon T* 15mm f/2.8 lens can be found here.

    Technical data

    Focal length                                          15 mm

    Aperture range                                       f/2.8 -22

    Number of lens elements/groups     15/12

    Focusing range:                                     0.25m – infinity

    Angular field** (diag./horiz./vert.)             110°/ 100°/ 76°

    Coverage at close range**                      340 x 221 mm (close-up)

    Image ratio at close range                      1:9 (close-up)

    Filter thread                                           95mm x 1.0

    Length with caps                          132 mm (ZF.2), 135 mm (ZE)

    Diameter                                               103 mm (ZF.2), 103 mm (ZE)

    Weight                                              730 g (ZF.2), 820 g (ZE)

    Mounts                                                 ZF.2 (F bayonet), ZE (EF bayonet)

    ** Based on 35 mm format

    Zeiss Distagon T* 15mm f/2.8 Lens with Filter

    With Filter In Use

    Zeiss Distagon T* 15mm f/2.8 Slip-On Lens Cap

    Slip-On Lens Cap

    Zeiss Distagon T* 15mm f/2.8 Lens Front View

    ZE Front View

    Zeiss Distagon T* 15mm f/2.8 Lens Rear View

    ZE Rear View

  • Zeiss Camera Lens News Issue No. 40 - Macro Photography

    More than 3 months ago Zeiss transformed their Camera Lens Newsletter into a blog. The previous newsletter was a series of articles assembled in an easy to download, print and/or view PDF file. The new blog format has the advantage of being more current and up-to-date by providing instant publishing of current topics. The Zeiss Camera Lens Newsletter is now simply a collection of blog posts for the last quarter (3 months), usually on a given subject or topic. This CLN is on macro photography, and the articles can be found here.

    Our favorite articles are Mozart in Miniature, and the ongoing series of articles about Zeiss lens names with this one highlighting Planar. Mozart in Miniature helps to highlight the detail and artistic bokeh of the 100mm f/2 Makro-Planar, a customer favorite for our store.

    Also, although this is not exactly on-topic in regards to Camera Lens News, it does involve Zeiss lenses. The Zeiss M-mount lenses continue to be tight in supply. Luckily, we have started to see more and more come through the pipeline. More recently we have received the Biogon T* 35mm f/2, which can be found here.

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