Geartalk: Carl Zeiss Distagon T* 28mm f2 ZE

I’ve been looking for 24mm or 28mm prime lens for several months now, and after much consideration, testing, and consultations with friends with experience, i finally decided to pick up the Zeiss Distagon 28mm f2 ZE for my Canon 5D Mark II. I spent several hours hands-on testing my shortlist of options: Canon 24mm f1.4L II, Carl Zeiss Distagon 35mm f2, Canon 28mm f1.8, and in the end the Distagon 28mm won. The focal length was just right, the image quality outstanding, and the overall feel of the lens during operation, perfect.

The other thing that drew me to this lens was that it produced images that had a unique “pop” to them; a high degree of micro-contrast in the plane of focus makes the subject seem to “come out” at you from the photo. That coupled with an absolutely creamy bokeh, and you’ve got something special. To my eye, the next best thing i’ve seen in the same focal length is a Leica Summicron-M 28mm f2 ASPH; but those cost 4x more. 

Here are some sample shots i took this evening, indoors and dusk lowlight, ISO100, f2.0 on all photos.


KL Stock Exchange, almost HDR-ish in presentation (but isn’t)


Ladies off from work


Sharmila, notice the absolutely delicious bokeh


Souvenirs from London


Judith, notice the lines along the edges — straight and sharp as a tack


An icon of our times. As Zeiss is in the world of lenses and light.