On the go with the new Distagon T* 2,8/15
Photographers all over the world have been waiting for this moment. On March 16, Carl Zeiss unveiled a new super wide-angle lens: the Distagon T* 2,8/15.
Filip Kulisev, a prize-winning nature and landscape photographer from Slovakia, had an opportunity to test the new lens in northern Norway. He shot spectacular photographs in Tromsö and surroundings. Here he shares his experiences.
Mr. Kulisev, many thanks for the impressive photos you sent from Norway. Describe your first user experiences with our new super wide-angle lens.
What I can already say is that this lens is very special. Because of its extra large angular view, it is perfect for architectural photography. It was also well suited to photograph the boats and ships in the fjords. I was able to capture all of this from a very close position and depict them in a dynamic way in the middle of the fantastic scenery. Thanks to the lens’s high speed, you can also take beautiful photos of stars, time lapses, and landscapes. I also was able to capture the northern lights in their marvelous color.
What sort of creative possibilities does the lens offer?
The Distagon T* 2,8/15 allows you to take very creative shots with unusual perspectives. Compared with other super wide-angle lenses, this one impresses me with its splendid focusing and outstanding image performance across the entire image field. Concerning the depth of field, I achieved particularly strong results with an f-stop of 7.1 for the range three meters to infinity.
You used the Distagon T* 2,8/15 in rugged nature. How does it perform in such conditions?
Despite its weight, it is very manageable. The metal lens cap that comes with the lens protects it from external damage, which is very important for a photographer like me who travels a lot. This super wide-angle lens has also a fixed integrated lens shade with filter thread, which protects the front element from damage, and even from single raindrops. Until now, this feature has never been available on the market for any other comparable lens. Overall, I was very pleased with the photographic possibilities of this new ZEISS lens. I look forward to taking more exciting shots with this lens and experimenting with it to create a unique visual language.