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After reading diglloyd's review (amongst others), I ordered a ZF 28/2 Distagon yesterday from B&H Photo, to use on a recently purchased D300. In the past couple of weeks I've also picked up Nikkor 28/2.8 and 28/2 AI-S lenses at reasonable prices on eBay. The 42mm EFoV with an APS-C sensor -- halfway between 35mm and 50mm -- feels exactly right to me. Because I've taken so many "macro" shots with my GRD, I wanted to compare the Nikkors (both of which have Close Range Correction) with the Zeiss 28mm. Once the Distagon arrives and I can set aside the time, I'll stage a 28mm shoot-out to decide which lens(es) I'll keep. Naturally I'll post the results.Thinking of selling your ZFs ... if only I lived in Australia
Unfortunately it is far too expensive in customs duty to buy gear outside EU when living in Denmark.
Kit, what can you tell us about the ZF 2.8/25 and 2/28, if you have bought them as well ?
A forum member had some questions about these in the "D3/D300 illustrated" thread in post # 6.
One of my closest friends routinely buys Canon lenses from B&H Photo. Although I've purchased quite a number of items from B&H recently -- the kinds of accessories that are way overpriced in Australia -- this is the first lens. We'll see how it goes. I just bought a Voigtlander Ultron 40/2 from Stephen Gandy at CameraQuest -- he is excellent to deal with. An alternative source for the Zeiss ZF lenses is Matsuiyastore, who trade on eBay and have a very good reputation. Their price on the Zeiss 28/2 was originally about $100 more than B&H but when I just checked they'd lowered the price to about $15 more.You mean living in Australia you order ZF lenses from B&H Photo, like in New York ?
Is it your impression that the ZF 2/28 is on par with the 2/35, which by many is said to be exeptionally good ?
Based on Lloyd's review and Kit's recommendation, the 100/2 Makro-Planar is next on my list.I paid for Lloyd's review; they definitely are worth the money—and if you are getting into the ZF range, you will have to spend money. Better, IMHO, to get real info from a guy who bought and reviewed (exhaustively) all the range BEFORE you spend that money.
Thank for this. I'd always associated Popflash with the Ricoh GRD but didn't realize that they stocked the Zeiss lenses too. Given that I've only ever heard positive feedback about Popflash, I probably would have purchased the 28/2 from Tony Rose rather than from B&H. Oh well, the 100/2 awaits...