After plenty of guessing by Carl Zeiss fans, it’s now official: the new super wide angle Distagon T* 2,8/15 lens has arrived. With a 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. It will be available with an EF (ZE) or F bayonet (ZF.2).

Thanks to the extreme angle of view of the lens, the fore and background can be creatively emphasized in landscape and architecture photography.

The super wide angle lenses with its extra-large angle of view of 110 degrees guarantees an excellent image quality
The super wide angle lense with its extra-large angle of view of 110 degrees guarantees an excellent image quality

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. 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 new Distagon T* 2,8/15 ZE.
The new Distagon T* 2,8/15 ZE.

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 95mm filter thread accepts all standard filters.
The 95mm filter thread accepts all standard filters.

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)*.

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  1. Florian

    Great to see a new Zeiss lens, more choice is good. Excited for the first reviews.
    Fisheye and 135mm for systems other than Sony still missing.

  2. Jon

    For 10X the price of the Samyang 14mm f2.8 it had better do something more than take pictrues as that lens receives amazing results in tests and in the field and costs $289 on amazon.

  3. Jeffrey reviewed the lens and says it is by far the best wide angle lens for a Canon full frame camera. Can't wait to buy this lens!

  4. Ouch! Just got the 1,4/35 ZE and I thought that it will be enough with Zeiss lenses for now... Maybe I should change my salary to be paid directly to the Carl Zeiss Lens Shop? They just return my unspent money, so I can get something to eat now and then... I think that about €2000 for that lens will be money well spent. These lenses are for life... "They'll fight over it when you're dead", as Dave from Saddleback Leather says about his merchandise, that Im also in love with and I agree; it gets cheaper in the long run to buy the best there is. My father still got an old SWC with 38mm f4.5 Zeiss Biogon. Not a cheap lens at the time, but never gets outdated.

  5. Very excited about his lens as I have the 21 & 100 for my 5dmk II. But what would stop me from buying this lens even more than the price is the fact that I can't fit my Lee filter holder on it due to the fact that the hood is not removable. Such great potential as a landscape masterpiece but limited without the use of ND and GND filters.

  6. Juan José Pascual Lobo

    First test by Lloyd Chambers and Ken Rockwell are very promising. I need a 15 and tried Canon, Nikon and Leica alternatives. Only The Leica option was good enough, but at an astronomic price secondhand. This 15 seems to be as good as the Leica Super Elmarit at half price!, and can use filters!!!!!

  7. I have a Zeiss 50 1.4 for my Nikons, and it's a wonderful lens. Nothing feels like a Zeiss lens -- they're works of art as well as being functional and technically superior. The new 15mm looks beautiful.

  8. Koen Bazelmans

    I love to shoot with wide angles and I love the Zeiss quality I have seen in the 21mm f/2.8 and 35mm f/2, so I am very glad with this new product from Zeiss.
    If the quality is as with the other Zeiss lenses (no doubts it will be), this lens is a dream for me.
    It is expensive, but I hope one day I will be shooting many pictures with this lens.

  9. When will we every see the 15mm in the US? I have had my order in at B&H Photo since June and the lens is still not available in the US and it is now December, 2012! I really need this lens for my work. Please provide an update on expected ship date and source of delay.

    1. ZEISS Camera Lenses

      Dear Brian,
      The very high demand for the new Distagon T* 2,8/15 suprised us all. We've planned a spillover for the first production batches before the market start but that wasn't enough.
      Right at the moment, the next production batch reaches our dustribution partners. For this distribution we have a simple approach : First in- first out. Means the first order will get the first lens. So B+H will get informations about availability in the next weeks.

      Sorry again for the inconvenience!

      Best regards,
      Carl Zeiss Lenses Team

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