Carl Zeiss 'Hollywood' Distagon T* 28mm f/2 was one of two 28mm primes that Carl Zeiss used to manufacture for its now defunct Contax/Yashica SLR system. Technically speaking, the origins of the 28mm f/2 prime go way back to the times of Rollei SL35 system first launched in 1970.
The optical construction of the lens consists of 9 elements in 8 groups. The optical formula of the lens is based on a Carl Zeiss cinematic lens, hence the name 'Hollywood'. The lens implements a floating element design, which is designed to provide for better closeup performance. Like with all Carl Zeiss lenses for Contax/Yashica mount of that time, Carl Zeiss Distagon T* 28mm f/2 sports a very solid build quality, with all metal barrel and cams and rubberized focus and aperture rings. The lens is slightly longer and heavier then its slower cousing - Distagon T* 28mm f/2.8, but it is certainly not a heavyweight giant among wide angles, measuring 62.5 x 76mm (2.46 x 3in) and weighing 485g (1.07lb).
The minimum focusing distance of the lens is 25cm (0.78ft) and the minimum supported aperture is f/22 (the aperture ring moves in one full f-stop increments). The lens accepts 55mm screw-in type filters and since the front element does not rotate, you can use a circular polarizer with the lens.
Carl Zeiss 'Hollywood' Distagon T* 28mm f/2 is an excellent wide angle prime that is certainly worth your consideration. There is one caveat you need to be aware of - if you are using a Canon 5D series cameras, you might experience problems with this lens. Specifically, the lens might cause your camera to lock up due to the camera's mirror not clearing the rear of the lens. Other then this rather unpleasant (possible) side effect, the lens showcases very good characteristics with strong resolving capabilities, good color reproduction, relatively low color fringing. Like with all wide angles, you will see some vignetting and some barrel distortion with Contax Carl Zeiss Distagon T* 28mm f/2but this should not be a major surprise to anyone. All in all, a solid performing wide angle.
- Diameter: 62.5mm
- Length: 76mm
- Weight: 530g
- Filter Diameter: 55mm
- Number of Aperture Blades: 6
- Elements/Groups: 9/8
- Close Focusing Distance: 25cm
- Mount: Zeiss C/Y
Product ($1599) SN: ***7508
Condition: Excellent (EX)
Warranty: 2 weeks shop warranty, covering manufactural defects
What You Will Get
- F/R Caps
- Contax 5mm 1A MC Filter
- Contax Original Leather Pouch
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