Zeiss Distagon T* 18mm f/3.5 ZE (Canon EOS) - Review / Test Report
Lens Reviews - Canon EOS (Full Format)

Review by Klaus Schroiff, published April 2010


The Zeiss Distagon T* 18mm f/3.5 is the widest prime lens of the Zeiss Z-series. The lens is available for Nikon (ZF.2), Pentax (ZK) and Canon EF (ZE). The 18mm f/3.5 is a manual focus lens just like the rest of its gang. However, the focus indicator in the viewfinder remains active so there's a little guidance here at least. The ZE version uses an electronically controlled aperture so it can be operated via the camera (the ZF/ZK variants feature a classic aperture ring).

The Zeiss lens is almost surprisingly small and light-weight for a lens in this class and that's despite the full-metal body (brass with chromium-plated brass front bayonet). The build quality is downright exceptional. The fluted focus ring feels exceptionally well damped. The front element does not rotate. The physical length remains constant regardless of the focus setting. A dedicated petal shaped hood is supplied. If anything the front cap leaves something to be desired - it doesn't provide much confidence that it'll stick to the lens if nudged a little.

Optical construction13 elements in 11 groups, Floating system
Number of aperture blades9
min. focus distance0.3 m (max. magnification ratio 1:12)
Dimensions87 x 84 mm
Weight510 g
Filter size82 mm (non-rotating)
Hoodincluded, pedal shaped
Other features-

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