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Distagon T* 2/28

There is nothing that beats natural light when it comes to creating a powerful, authentic impression. But to make the most of dimly lit situations, you need a fast lens that highlights even the smallest details.

Distagon T* 2/28

See light in the dark

Distagon T* 2/28

See light in the dark

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    Distagon T* 2/28

    See light in the dark

    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.

    Technical specifications:

    Focal length 28 mm
    Aperture range f/2 – f/22
    Focusing range 0.24 m – ∞
    Number of elements/groups 10/8
    Angular field, diag./horiz./vert. 74°/65°/45°
    Coverage at close range 18 x 12 cm
    Filter thread M 58 x 0.75
    Dimensions (with caps) ø 64-72 mm, length 93-96 mm
    Weight 500g - 580g
    Camera mounts F Mount (ZF.2)
    EF Mount (ZE)

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    In SLR systems, when extremely large image angles are needed, the distance between the rear element and the image plane must be considerably longer than the focal length – the original field of application of Distagon lenses. This advanced retrofocus design can also be put to outstanding use in modern, highly corrected lenses with longer focal lengths.

    Distagon with 10 lens elements in 8 groups
    "Floating Elements" design

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    ZEISS Classic lenses – a tradition of excellence

    The ZEISS Classic lenses have enjoyed an outstanding reputation with photographers all over the world for many years now – and rightly so. The solid all-metal mount ensures constant functionality and image performance, regardless of the number of photographs taken. Manual focusing promotes creativity in the design of the image.

    Precise manual focus

    Manually focusing a lens means controlling the image result from your fingertips. A good ergonomic design makes all the difference. ZEISS lenses stand out with their large rotation angle which enables precise focusing. Changes are immediately visible in the viewfinder. The high-quality focusing mechanism moves smoothly without play, thus also supporting the intuitive interaction with the focal plane. The precise engraving in meter and feet, and the depth of focus scale provide additional support for manually focusing.

    Excellent image quality

    The ZEISS range of T*® lenses offers the highest possible standards in terms of performance, reliability and, of course, image quality. Quite simply, they are superior in every way. You can count on highly advanced flare control for crisp and brilliant images, for example. And virtually zero geometric distortion, ensuring precise accuracy when reproducing shapes – especially useful when photographing products and architecture. 

    Floating Elements Design

    Today’s camera technologies and high-resolution sensors demand continuous improvement of lens performance. Thanks to the use of the latest floating element design principles, optical aberration effects in ZEISS lenses are reduced to a minimum throughout their entire focusing range. This is achieved by variation of the axial distance between individual lens elements or groups. This adjustment of the lens-to-lens distance is coupled to the distance setting to ensure correct compensation at all times. The mechanical construction of these lenses is extremely complex and they must be assembled with utmost precision – both of which are key competencies of ZEISS.

    Virtually distortion-free optics

    Dramatic perspectives and a view from extraordinary image angles – ZEISS lenses open up new composition possibilities. Distortion would disrupt the composition because straight lines, whose image does not go through the image center, would be reproduced with a curved shape.  This annoying effect is accordingly and largely compensated through elaborate optical designs at all focal lengths.

    High-quality all metal mounts

    Noticeable quality and high value stability qualify ZEISS lenses for decades of intense use. The high-quality craftsmanship of the all-metal mounts, the easy-to-grip metal focus and aperture ring and the robust front bayonet and filter threads ensure an amazing photographic experience.

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    Gear | 2013-10-14 08:10:16 |

    Mouth-watering images: the principle behind Ming Thein’s food photography

    Today, 26-year old Ming Thein likes to spend time eating – and taking photographs of food for his clients. Ming lives in his native Malaysia and praises the country’s “unbelievable diversity of dishes.” That variety also applies to his choice of equipment. From Ming Thein’s many lenses, he uses his ...


    A mix of documentation and art – Jiang Xiaoran’s visual aesthetics of everyday food
    Gear | 2013-09-20 08:19:12 |

    A mix of documentation and art – Jiang Xiaoran’s visual aesthetics of everyday food

    So his camera, which is equipped with a ZEISS Distagon T* 2/28, remains a constant companion. Jiang likes working best with an open aperture, but is not willing to compromise when it comes to sharpness; and he likes an excellent bokeh. With the help of his ZEISS Distagon, ...


    The first rays of sun
    Gear | 2012-12-21 20:09:29 |

    The first rays of sun

    The first rays of sunlight are an important yet fleeting design medium for Mor. At least one ZEISS lens is always in his bag.“Two men from two different backgrounds – one is Muslim, the other Jewish – are taking a morning walk together in the Old City of Jerusalem. In moments like this one is full of ...


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    Reviews & Awards

    "In this era of plastic-barreled mass-produced lenses, the Zeiss ZF lenses stand out in sleekly-elegant fashion..."
    "The Zeiss 28mm f/2 Distagon is a workhorse lens that is easier to focus in dim light than the 25/2.8 Distagon while..."


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