I rented the Zeiss over a week-long period and used it on a trip to AZ, where it put it to use at the Grand Canyon, Antelope Canyon and a few other locations. For the duration of the trip, I was shooting 5D MkII and 5D MkIII Full Frame Canon bodies. Things to note: It's HEAVY. :) It's manual focus only! Not a problem, and I knew that going in, but it is something to be aware of if you rent it. The good: 1 - Unlike Canon lenses, the Zeiss has a positive stop at infinity focus. This is awesome when you are shooting at night, as you know you can get "close enough" to perfect focus without flashing a light on the lens. 2 - The lens is RAZOR sharp. If you get the focus dialed in, despite being a wide angle lens, distant details are incredibly in focus. The glass quality on this spanks any comparable canon lenses. I shot Horseshoe Bend in Page, AZ, and from a 1000ft above the canyon floor, you can pixel peep and make out the boats that were beached, all in reasonable clarity. This means you have a generous amount of crop that you can work with. 3 - In addition to the razor focus, the clarity in this lens is excellent. Shooting night sky, I was picking up an incredible amount of stars with excellent background separation. 4 - Color rendition is spot on, with no noticeable fringing. I didn't pixel peep to verify, but nothing jumped out at me, like it normally does on my Canon Ultra Wides. So why just 4 stars? The Bad: Only 1 bad thing to say about this lens - the fixed lens hood is a bit maddening. This mean no square or rectangular filters. There are a couple of home-brew mods on the interwebs, but nothing you'd really want to do to a lens like this, much less a rental. The only solution is to pick up a few 92mm filters, which is what I wanted to get away from by switching to squares. Hopefully Zeiss remedies this problem in the future. The Ugly: The big metal lens cap. It's held on by friction, with rubber tape inside of the cap, which means it is not very secure, especially in a bag. It's also a pain to look after if you're shooting in the field. Recap - I would rent this lens again in a heart beat. I'm mixed on whether I would purchase it. I love the optics, but the lens hood is kind of a deal breaker for me.
Zeiss 15mm f/2.8 ZE for Canon
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Notes: This is a manual focus only lens.
The Zeiss 15mm f/2.8 ZE fills the entire 35mm frame with a full 110° diagonal field of view. As with other Zeiss lenses, the craftsmanship is superb and the Zeiss quality of glass help to give a better picture quality and sharpness over the Canon 15mm fisheye.
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This is a beautiful lens! I rented it specifically to shoot shots of the night sky and the Milky Way on my Canon 5D mkIII (full frame), but I did not limit myself to only night shots. This lens is ideal for shooting the night sky. It's sharp, corner-to-corner wide open with practically no color aberration. It is a manual focus lens and the focus ring stops dead-on at infinity focus, something none of my Canon L lenses do. This is a great advantage when shooting the night sky and night landscapes. This is also a sweet lens for architectural photography being super-wide with absolutely strait lines, no barrel or pincushion distortion. This is a large and rather heavy lens. I am seriously considering purchasing this lens. It is a beautiful lens to work with and gives me, as a photographer, much confidence that my images will be of the utmost quality. I was most pleased to find the rental lens in excellent condition upon its arrival from BarrowLenses.