Our friends (and sponsors) at Zeiss have announced today a new 15mm super wide angle lens that looks like it should appeal to many landscape and architectural photogs and filmmakers.
We've got input from Zeiss as well as friend Chris Gampat from thePhoBlographer.com has had his hands on one of these large babies and has offered some input. I highly suggest reading his full post as he has hands on input as well as a ton of photos and a sample video.
Zeiss Distagon T* 2,8/15 super wide angle lens[tentblogger-youtube FuBybxN8XCc]
Chris Gampat's overview [tentblogger-youtube 6E-pdixwmKA]
From Chris' blog:
This may seem extremely weird to say about a super wide angle lens, but the first thing I will comment on is the bokeh. Bokeh is often a favorite feature of mine with any lens that I test. Given the nature, design and focusing that this lens allows, the bokeh is actually very creamy. The photo above was shot focusing on the chair closest to me at f2.8 (wide open) and at the minimum focusing distance of 10 inches. Then the saturation of the blue and yellow channels were raised. Otherwise, the vignetting that is characteristic of the lens when wide open actually seems to add a bit of character to the photos.
From the zeiss blog:
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 an extra-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).
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(cover photo credit: snap from the Zeiss blog post)