Carl Zeiss Classic Distagon T* 28mm F/2 ZE / ZF / ZF.2

Wide-angle prime lens • Digital era • Discontinued

T* The multi-layer coating is applied to the surface of lens elements. It boosts light transmission, ensures sharp and high contrast images, minimizes ghosting and flares.
ZE The lens is designed for Canon EOS full-frame SLR cameras but can be also used on APS-C SLR cameras.
ZF The lens is designed for Nikon full-frame SLR cameras but can be also used on APS-C SLR cameras.
ZF.2 The lens is designed for Nikon full-frame SLR cameras but can be also used on APS-C SLR cameras. The lens features a built-in CPU which is used to transfer metering data from the lens to the camera.

Model history ⋅ モデル履歴

Sample photos

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Specification ⋅ 仕様

Production status and name ⋅ 生産状況と名称
Announced ⋅ 発表: October ⋅ 10月 2007
Production status ⋅ 生産状況: Discontinued ⋅ 製造中止
Original name ⋅ 元の名前: Carl Zeiss Distagon 2/28 ZE T*
Carl Zeiss Distagon 2/28 ZF T*
Carl Zeiss Distagon 2/28 ZF.2 T*
Optical design ⋅ 光学設計
Maximum format ⋅ 最大フォーマット: 35mm full frame ⋅ 35mmフルフレーム
Mount ⋅ マウント: Canon EF
Nikon F
Diagonal angle of view ⋅ 対角画角: 75.4° (35mm full frame ⋅ 35mmフルフレーム)
63° (Canon EF APS-H)
53.6° (Nikon F APS-C)
Lens construction ⋅ レンズ構造: 10 elements ⋅ 要素 - 8 groups ⋅ グループ
Floating element system ⋅ フローティングエレメントシステム
Diaphragm mechanism ⋅ ダイヤフラムメカニズム
Diaphragm type ⋅ ダイヤフラムタイプ: Automatic ⋅ 自動
Number of blades ⋅ 絞り羽根の数: 9
Focusing ⋅ フォーカシング
Closest focusing distance ⋅ 最短撮影距離: 0.24m
Maximum magnification ratio ⋅ 最大倍率: 1:4.7 at the closest focusing distance ⋅ 最寄りの距離で
Focusing method ⋅ フォーカシング方法: <No information ⋅ 情報なし>
Focusing modes ⋅ フォーカシングモード: Manual focus only ⋅ マニュアルフォーカスのみ
Manual focus control ⋅ マニュアルフォーカス制御: Focusing ring ⋅ フォーカシングリング
Physical characteristics ⋅ 体格的特徴
Weight ⋅ 重量: 580g (Canon EF)
500g (Nikon F)
Maximum diameter x Length ⋅ 最大直径x長さ: ⌀72.4×72mm (Canon EF)
⌀64×68mm (Nikon F)
Weather sealing ⋅ ウェザーシーリング: -
Fluorine coating ⋅ フッ素コーティング: -
Accessories ⋅ 付属品
Filters ⋅ フィルタ: Screw-type ⋅ ネジ式 58mm
Lens hood ⋅ レンズフード: Bayonet-type ⋅ バヨネットタイプ 1502-002 (round ⋅ ラウンド)

Manufacturer description #1

This compact, moderate wide-angle lens is optimized to reduce stray light and reflections and is well suited for difficult lighting conditions. The combination of focal length and lens speed makes it suitable for a broad spectrum of applications. In the half-light of dawn or at dusk, or in interior spaces, the Distagon T* 2/28 lens is the perfect companion for the more daring photographer. It is at its best when the lights are low. Without forcing itself into the foreground, it discovers and highlights the details that would otherwise be lost in the dark.

Manufacturer description #2

Distagon T* 2/28 SLR Lens from Carl Zeiss

High-speed wide angle puts everything else in the shade

OBERKOCHEN/Germany, 2007-09-17.

A new high-speed, wide-angle lens complements the advanced SLR line of lenses from Carl Zeiss for analog and digital 35 mm single lens reflex cameras. With an aperture of 1:2.0 and 28 mm focal length, the Distagon T* 2/28 lens is the ideal bridge between the existing wide-angle lenses with 25 mm and 35 mm focal lengths. It is available as the Distagon T* 2/28 ZF for cameras with the F bayonet and Distagon T* 2/28 ZK for cameras with a K mount. This lens is among the most high-speed optics for these focal lengths and is thus ideally suited for taking pictures in unfavorable lighting conditions. Equipped with manual focus, a high-quality metal casing and floating elements, it provides demanding photographers with a creative, top-class tool with lasting value. As a result, the performance potential of the lens is also available throughout the entire image field even with professional digital cameras featuring full format sensors.

28 mm lenses are primarily used for landscapes, architectural photography and excellent, short-range portraits. It is particularly suited for picture taking indoors – even in natural light. The high image quality down to the close focus range of 0.24 m extends the application range of this lens to include photography of small objects.

The use of floating elements ensures equally impressive image quality in the close-up range as well as at larger distances. With the initial aperture of 1:2.0, photographers enjoy greater creativity through flexible use of the depth of field. This enables them to effectively separate the subject from the background at full aperture and achieve a strong 3D effect. If needed, they can also use the full definition of short focal length optics with smaller apertures over a wide range. High image quality is provided under all conditions despite the extremely high speed.

With its numerous, outstanding properties, the Distagon T* 2/28 from Carl Zeiss is a multi-purpose lens. Thanks to the standard F and K bayonet connections, it can integrated into the corresponding camera systems – with limited compatibility on a case-by-case basis with simple camera models.

This lens will be available for shipping by the end of 2007

Manufacturer description #3

Distagon T* 2/28 ZF Wide-angle Lens from Carl Zeiss

A Photographer's Favorite Tool for Industrial Applications

OBERKOCHEN/Germany, 2007-11-06.

Carl Zeiss has introduced a high-speed, wide- angle lens to meet even the highest demands. The Distagon T* 2/28 ZF – a top-of-the-line lens for challenging industrial applications – is now available. It represents the traditional quality features of high-end lens design: optimum resolution, color fidelity, and a precise mechanical design – combined with optical elements made entirely of glass.

The high maximum aperture of 1:2 and the 28 mm focal length make the Distagon T* 2/28 ZF ideal for industrial applications. It features excellent speed and – due to the complex floating element design – outstanding imaging performance over the entire focusing range.

The ZF lens series from Carl Zeiss is suitable for cameras with F-bayonet (AIS generation) mounts and full-format sensors, thus meeting the standard for high-resolution industrial cameras. The strong, all-metal mechanical system for precise focusing and the reliable aperture setting also meet the high requirements for industrial applications. In addition, the Distagon T* 2/28 ZF offers an exceptionally good price/performance ratio.

Manufacturer description #4

The Expert for Half-light

Carl Zeiss presents the Distagon T* 2/28 with EF bayonet

OBERKOCHEN/Germany, 2009-10-12.

The breaking dawn is a special time for photographers. When the early-morning sun reluctantly chases away the still-glistening dew on the trees, this delicate transition between night and day creates moments of calm and anticipation. But without a tripod at hand, these shots will only succeed with a lens that can handle intense light.

Carl Zeiss today introduces the wide-angle lens Distagon T* 2/28 ZE with EF bayonet, suitable for all analog and digital EOS camera models. With an initial aperture opening of 1:2, it is among the most light-intense of its kind in its focal length. From landscape photography at dawn to interior shots with weak lighting and close-up portraits, the Distagon T* 2/28 ZE offers photographers plenty of room for creativity when a tripod is not used. Following the recent introduction of its two ultra-wide-angle lenses, the Distagon T* 3,5/18 ZE and the T* 2,8/21, the new Distagon T* 2/28 ZE is Carl Zeiss’ first moderate wide-angle lens with EF bayonet.

Despite its high light intensity and complex retro-focus construction, the Distagon T* 2/28 ZE has a compact build. These characteristics make the lens a highly versatile and performance-driven tool for all types of photographers. Even with its wide angle, the lens enables photographers to play fully with an image’s depth of focus. With a wide aperture opening, for example, one can effectively separate the motif from its background. With a small aperture opening, photographers can use the sharpness of the lens system for the entire image range. The floating elements design guarantees high imaging performance each time, from close-ups to infinity, enabling the photo- grapher to make razor-sharp close-up images of even the tiniest objects. Thanks to the Carl Zeiss T* anti-reflective coating and meticulously crafted lenses, the new Distagon T* 2/28 ZE deals effortlessly with reflections and stray light. Brilliant pictures work every time, even under tough lighting conditions such as a breaking dawn.

From the editor ⋅ 編集者から

Optically the lens is based on Carl Zeiss Distagon T* 28mm F/2 lens designed for the Contax RTS series of 35mm film SLR cameras.

Typical application ⋅ 典型的なアプリケーション

landscapes ⋅ 風景, interiors ⋅ インテリア, buildings ⋅ 建物, cityscapes ⋅ 都市の景観, full to mid-body portraits ⋅ フルボディからミッドボディのポートレート, street ⋅ 街, travel ⋅ トラベル

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35mm full frame

43.27 24 36
  • Dimensions: 36 × 24mm
  • Aspect ratio: 3:2
  • Diagonal: 43.27mm

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Image stabilizer

A technology used for reducing or even eliminating the effects of camera shake. Gyro sensors inside the lens detect camera shake and pass the data to a microcomputer. Then an image stabilization group of elements controlled by the microcomputer moves inside the lens and compensates camera shake in order to keep the image static on the imaging sensor or film.

The technology allows to increase the shutter speed by several stops and shoot handheld in such lighting conditions and at such focal lengths where without image stabilizer you have to use tripod, decrease the shutter speed and/or increase the ISO setting which can lead to blurry and noisy images.

Classic focal length

28mm is the classic focal length of wide-angle lenses for 35mm full-frame cameras. The field of view is not as wide as with 24-25mm lenses, but noticeably wider than with 35mm lenses. In general, this is a fairly compromise focal length: lenses with focal lengths of 24-25mm are better suited for shooting architecture, and ultra-high speed is quite rare in this class of lenses. On the other hand, due to the moderate focal length, aberrations are corrected better than in lenses with focal lengths of 24-25mm.

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Original name

Lens name as indicated on the lens barrel (usually on the front ring). With lenses from film era, may vary slightly from batch to batch.

Format

Format refers to the shape and size of film or image sensor.

35mm is the common name of the 36x24mm film format or image sensor format. It has an aspect ratio of 3:2, and a diagonal measurement of approximately 43mm. The name originates with the total width of the 135 film which was the primary medium of the format prior to the invention of the full frame digital SLR. Historically the 35mm format was sometimes called small format to distinguish it from the medium and large formats.

APS-C is an image sensor format approximately equivalent in size to the film negatives of 25.1x16.7mm with an aspect ratio of 3:2.

Medium format is a film format or image sensor format larger than 36x24mm (35mm) but smaller than 4x5in (large format).

Angle of view

Angle of view describes the angular extent of a given scene that is imaged by a camera. It is used interchangeably with the more general term field of view.

As the focal length changes, the angle of view also changes. The shorter the focal length (eg 18mm), the wider the angle of view. Conversely, the longer the focal length (eg 55mm), the smaller the angle of view.

A camera's angle of view depends not only on the lens, but also on the sensor. Imaging sensors are sometimes smaller than 35mm film frame, and this causes the lens to have a narrower angle of view than with 35mm film, by a certain factor for each sensor (called the crop factor).

This website does not use the angles of view provided by lens manufacturers, but calculates them automatically by the following formula: 114.6 * arctan (21.622 / CF * FL),

where:

CF – crop-factor of a sensor,
FL – focal length of a lens.

Mount

A lens mount is an interface — mechanical and often also electrical — between a camera body and a lens.

A lens mount may be a screw-threaded type, a bayonet-type, or a breech-lock type. Modern camera lens mounts are of the bayonet type, because the bayonet mechanism precisely aligns mechanical and electrical features between lens and body, unlike screw-threaded mounts.

Lens mounts of competing manufacturers (Canon, Nikon, Pentax, Sony etc.) are always incompatible. In addition to the mechanical and electrical interface variations, the flange focal distance from the lens mount to the film or sensor can also be different.

Lens construction

Lens construction – a specific arrangement of elements and groups that make up the optical design, including type and size of elements, type of used materials etc.

Element - an individual piece of glass which makes up one component of a photographic lens. Photographic lenses are nearly always built up of multiple such elements.

Group – a cemented together pieces of glass which form a single unit or an individual piece of glass. The advantage is that there is no glass-air surfaces between cemented together pieces of glass, which reduces reflections.

Floating element system

Provides correction of aberrations and ensures constantly high image quality at the entire range of focusing distances from infinity down to the closest focusing distance. It is particularly effective for the correction of field curvature that tends to occur with large-aperture, wide-angle lenses when shooting at close ranges.

Closest focusing distance

The minimum distance from the focal plane (film or sensor) to the subject where the lens is still able to focus.

Closest working distance

The distance from the front edge of the lens to the subject at the maximum magnification.

Magnification ratio

Determines how large the subject will appear in the final image. For example, a magnification ratio of 1:1 means that the image of the subject formed on the film or sensor will be the same size as the subject in real life. For this reason, a 1:1 ratio is often called "life-size".

Electromagnetic diaphragm control system

Provides highly accurate diaphragm control and stable auto exposure performance during continuous shooting.

Convex protruding front element

The convex front element protrudes from the lens barrel, making it impossible to use filters.

Manual diaphragm

The diaphragm must be stopped down manually by rotating the detent aperture ring.

Preset diaphragm

The lens has two rings, one is for pre-setting, while the other is for normal diaphragm adjustment. The first ring must be set at the desired aperture, the second ring then should be fully opened for focusing, and turned back for stop down to the pre-set value.

Semi-automatic diaphragm

The lens features spring mechanism in the diaphragm, triggered by the shutter release, which stops down the diaphragm to the pre-set value. The spring needs to be reset manually after each exposure to re-open diaphragm to its maximum value.

Automatic diaphragm

The camera automatically closes the diaphragm down during the shutter operation. On completion of the exposure, the diaphragm re-opens to its maximum value.

Number of blades

As a general rule, the more blades that are used to create the aperture opening in the lens, the rounder the out-of-focus highlights will be.

Some lenses are designed with curved diaphragm blades, so the roundness of the aperture comes not from the number of blades, but from their shape. However, the fewer blades the diaphragm has, the more difficult it is to form a circle, regardless of rounded edges.

At maximum aperture, the opening will be circular regardless of the number of blades.

Weight

Excluding case or pouch, caps and other detachable accessories (lens hood, close-up adapter, tripod adapter etc.).

Maximum diameter x Length

Excluding case or pouch, caps and other detachable accessories (lens hood, close-up adapter, tripod adapter etc.).

For lenses with collapsible design, the length is indicated for the working (retracted) state.

Weather sealing

A rubber material which is inserted in between each externally exposed part (manual focus and zoom rings, buttons, switch panels etc.) to ensure it is properly sealed against dust and moisture.

Lenses that accept front mounted filters typically do not have gaskets behind the filter mount. It is recommended to use a filter for complete weather resistance when desired.

Fluorine coating

Helps keep lenses clean by reducing the possibility of dust and dirt adhering to the lens and by facilitating cleaning should the need arise. Applied to the outer surface of the front and/or rear lens elements over multi-coatings.

Filters

Lens filters are accessories that can protect lenses from dirt and damage, enhance colors, minimize glare and reflections, and add creative effects to images.

Lens hood

A lens hood or lens shade is a device used on the end of a lens to block the sun or other light source in order to prevent glare and lens flare. Flare occurs when stray light strikes the front element of a lens and then bounces around within the lens. This stray light often comes from very bright light sources, such as the sun, bright studio lights, or a bright white background.

The geometry of the lens hood can vary from a plain cylindrical or conical section to a more complex shape, sometimes called a petal, tulip, or flower hood. This allows the lens hood to block stray light with the higher portions of the lens hood, while allowing more light into the corners of the image through the lowered portions of the hood.

Lens hoods are more prominent in long focus lenses because they have a smaller viewing angle than that of wide-angle lenses. For wide angle lenses, the length of the hood cannot be as long as those for telephoto lenses, as a longer hood would enter the wider field of view of the lens.

Lens hoods are often designed to fit onto the matching lens facing either forward, for normal use, or backwards, so that the hood may be stored with the lens without occupying much additional space. In addition, lens hoods can offer some degree of physical protection for the lens due to the hood extending farther than the lens itself.