Carl Zeiss ZF Distagon T* 15mm f/2.8

Carl Zeiss ZF Distagon T* 15mm f/2.8 Handling and features

The design and build of this lens harks back to a time when you could judge the quality of something by how much metal had been used in its construction. Zeiss have used a lot of metal, and the lens feels suitably sturdy as a result. Despite weighing around 800g and having quite a bit of heft to it, it balances perfectly on the  Nikon D700 used for testing.

Carl Zeiss ZF Distagon T* 15mm f/2.8
Carl Zeiss ZF Distagon T* 15mm f/2.8

Manual focusing is silky smooth and precise. Focusing the lens is such a pleasure, that the lack of auto-focus becomes a non-issue once time has been taken to get used to using the lens. A metering chip with electronic contacts is included so matrix metering is supported on all Nikon cameras. Useful hyperfocal focusing markings are provided on the lens barrel.

Carl Zeiss ZF Distagon T* 15mm f/2.8
Carl Zeiss ZF Distagon T* 15mm f/2.8

Although the lens has a huge 95mm filer thread, it will not be easy to mount square graduated filters on the lens, as the deep scalloped hood is not removable.

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