The ZEISS Distagon T* 2,8/15 as a “classic“ wide-angle lens for architectural and landscape photography, with minimal distortion
Architectural and landscape photography are classic fields for using wide-angle lenses because they offer the necessary overview as well as lots of scope for composing and working with perspective.
With its extra-large field of view of 110° and a speed of 1:2,8, the ZEISS Distagon T* 2,8/15 is a very powerful super wide-angle lens that reduces to a minimum a problem that often appears with such lenses: It avoids image defects — such as distortion — and thus ensures perfect rendition of lines and edges, particularly for architectural images. It is a feature that has been stressed by several independent testers, including Helge Hackbarth (“The ZEISS Distagon T* 2,8/15 produces the least distortions and needs only very little distortion correction.”) and Lloyd Chambers (“A 15 mm is an extreme wide-angle lens, but with the ultra-low distortion of the ZEISS Distagon T* 2,8/15 it becomes a practical tool for tight spaces.”).
Professional architectural and industrial photographers also appreciate the ability of this lens to reduce image defects to a minimum. Carlos Casariego is a case in point. For him, perspective is the most important design element and he uses wide-angle lenses often. “To tell you the truth, until last year I had virtually never worked with a super-wide-angle lens. But the experience I have been having with the Distagon T* 2,8/15 has been wonderful. I can capture all the space in a single shot. The image quality is spectacular. The images are free of distortion and chromatic aberrations.”
The creative possibilities afforded by this extreme wide-angle lens make the Distagon T* 2,8/15 very popular with photographers from the ZEISS community. One of them is Zinovi Seniak from Russia: “This picture was taken in a forest near Moscow. The light was good and the trees looked beautiful, as if in a parade. The ZEISS Distagon T* 2,8/15 produces a very well-crafted image without distortion.” For Øyvind Tufto from Norway as well the ZEISS lense is an everyday companion: “As an architect who does architectural photography, the ZEISS Distagon T* 2,8/15 is a great tool for photographing interiors, and very low distortion is crucial to this kind of work. Sharpness across the frame and great color and detail rendition are other key features of the lens, as well as its resistance to flare. This image was shot from my office window overlooking the harbor of Tromsø, where I enjoy an ever-changing view of ships coming and going in different conditions of light and weather.”
If you want to demonstrate that a lens can create distortion-free images, the only way to do that is to work with parallel lines, which are very common in architectural photography. In Asian architecture, as shown in the image of Mark Chan, the lines are not always parallel in reality, but they should nevertheless appear distortion-free in the image: “I stepped into the temple’s front gate and quickly visualized what the ZEISS Distagon T* 2,8/15 would be capable of. The distance between the facade and the gate did not offer more space than for an ultra wide angle. So the ZEISS lens was the right choice. Virtually no post-processing was required. The ZEISS Distagon T* 2,8/15 is now on my camera most of the time.”