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Focal Length :: Zeiss 15mm 2.8

Focal Length :: Zeiss 15mm 2.8

By V/SUAL

If you are anything like myself, you are always curious about lenses. I got asked pretty often on my Tumblr my opinion of certain focal lengths. Now I believe to each their own. What works for me for one area of photography might not be the same as the next man, and that is the beauty of this art form: People interpreting these tools as they see fit. So it got me thinking to just create a new segment showcasing some of the lenses I use along with some results. The first lens I am going to post about might not be what most people would expect me to have in my bag, but it is definitely a specialty lens that I love to use when I have a chance. It is the Zeiss 15mm 2.8 Distagon. Being that my preferred camera of choice is a rangefinder system this lens was one of the few wide angle lenses with a fast F-stop. And the trick with finding a good wide angle at this focal length is picking one that has the least amount of distortion. For years I shot with the Canon 16-35mm L, and while it was a good lens, when put at a focal length below 20mm, things got pretty warped. Now if you have been doing photography for a minute, then you know Zeiss makes some beautiful glass. After doing some research about the lens, the reports seemed to agree that the distortion on this guy was very minimal. But it is a tough lens to get, so I searched the web to find someone selling it via Craigslist used. Which, by the way, is a solid way to get a decent deal on lenses. I know we all would prefer to get something brand new and untouched, but if you find the right seller who took care of their stuff properly, you should be O.K. I coughed up the dough and bought it. Over the next few months, I found myself using it more than I thought I would, especially when I was in Chicago shooting around with trashhand. It is an amazing tool when shooting landscape or architecture. It just gives a very dramatic feel that I enjoy. And sometimes, that is the tough part about shooting landscape in my mind - trying to translate a whole view in one image. Below are some images I was able to capture with this lens as well as how it looks on a rangefinder. Hope you enjoy.

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