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Published 16/03/12

Infinitely Wide

Carl Zeiss presents the new Distagon T* 2,8/15 super wide angle lens

Carl Zeiss brings out a new super wide angle lens in May 2012. The super wide angle Distagon T 2,8/15 will be available with an EF ZE or 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 2,8/15, 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 2,8/15 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 2,8/15 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 €2,148 or US$2,948 excluding VAT.


Caption 1 The new ZEISS Distagon T 2,8/15 opens-up a new world of creative possibilities

Caption 2 The 95mm filter thread of the Distagon T 2,8/15 accepts all standard filters, including the Carl Zeiss T UV and POL filters

Technical data
Focal length 15 mm
Aperture range f/2.8 -22
Number of lens elements/groups 15/12
Focusing range 0.25m &8211; infinity
Angular field diag./horiz./vert. 110/ 100/ 76
Coverage at close range 340 x 221 mm close-up
Image ratio at close range 19 close-up
Filter thread M95 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

Status 16 March 2012
Based on 35 mm format


1st Published 16 March 2012 12:54
last update 11/10/2018 11:39:05



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