Zeiss Distagon T* 28mm f/2 ZF (FX) - Review / Test Report - Sample Images & Verdict
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Sample Shots

The following sample shots were taken with a D3x and RAW-converted via CaptureOne 5.2.

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Make NIKON CORPORATION
Model NIKON D3X
ISO Speed 200
Focal Length 28.0mm
Aperture: f/2.0
Exposure 1/3200s
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Model NIKON D3X
ISO Speed 200
Focal Length 28.0mm
Aperture: f/8.0
Exposure 1/160s
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Model NIKON D3X
ISO Speed 200
Focal Length 28.0mm
Aperture: f/5.6
Exposure 1/1000s
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Model NIKON D3X
ISO Speed 200
Focal Length 28.0mm
Aperture: f/8.0
Exposure 1/250s
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Model NIKON D3X
ISO Speed 200
Focal Length 28.0mm
Aperture: f/8.0
Exposure 1/500s
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Model NIKON D3X
ISO Speed 200
Focal Length 28.0mm
Aperture: f/8.0
Exposure 1/200s
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Model NIKON D3X
ISO Speed 200
Focal Length 28.0mm
Aperture: f/4.0
Exposure 1/1000s
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Model NIKON D3X
ISO Speed 200
Focal Length 28.0mm
Aperture: f/5.6
Exposure 1/1600s
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Model NIKON D3X
ISO Speed 200
Focal Length 28.0mm
Aperture: f/5.6
Exposure 1/1250s
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Model NIKON D3X
ISO Speed 200
Focal Length 28.0mm
Aperture: f/5.6
Exposure 1/1000s
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Model NIKON D3X
ISO Speed 200
Focal Length 28.0mm
Aperture: f/5.6
Exposure 1/1250s
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Model NIKON D3X
ISO Speed 200
Focal Length 28.0mm
Aperture: f/8.0
Exposure 1/100s
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Model NIKON D3X
ISO Speed 200
Focal Length 28.0mm
Aperture: f/8.0
Exposure 1/160s
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Model NIKON D3X
ISO Speed 200
Focal Length 28.0mm
Aperture: f/2.8
Exposure 1/50s
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Model NIKON D3X
ISO Speed 200
Focal Length 28.0mm
Aperture: f/2.8
Exposure 1/60s
Make NIKON CORPORATION
Model NIKON D3X
ISO Speed 200
Focal Length 28.0mm
Aperture: f/8.0
Exposure 1/200s

Verdict

We weren't really impressed by the T* 25mm f/2.8 but the Zeiss Distagon T* 28mm f/2 ZF plays in a very different (better) quality league. The lens is sharp straight from f/2 and it reaches excellent quality levels around f/5.6. There's some field curvature at f/2 and f/2.8 which may be a problem in certain scenes (out-of-focus corners) though. Lateral and longitudinal CAs are moderate and nothing to worry about for most subjects. The moderate degree of distortions is about average for a prime lens in this class. A real weakness is the annoyingly high amount of vignetting at large aperture settings. The bokeh is not the most pleasant one, but still ok for a wide angle lens.

Just like the rest of its family, the Zeiss lens is built to the highest standards. Some users may complain about the lack of AF but this isn't really a significant flaw for a wide-angle lens. The focus confirmation is available in the viewfinder and in very critical (for example close focus) scenes Live-View can give you the needed guidance. That said, it remains a bit of an anachronism these days.

The price level is quite steep but the performance level is accordingly impressive.

Optical Quality: (downrated due to field curvature)    
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