I'm renting two prime lenses for a shoot next week - a Fuji 60mm f/2.4 and a Zeiss 12mm f/2.8. BorrowLenses sent them out a bit early and I wanted to get a feel for how they compare to my own lenses, the Fuji 35mm f/1.4 prime and Fuji 18-55mm zoom. I shared my thoughts on the 60mm in the previous post.
I will be using the Zeiss 12mm in a tight factory setting next week. But this weekend I lucked out with a rare Oregon sunset and am absolutely amazed by the perspective the Zeiss 12mm brings to clouds and landscapes! I wish I could own a copy of this lens, I would be pulling it out for nearly every scenic and weather related shot I came across.
Compare the cover photo above with the widest perspective available on my 18-55mm zoom shown below, also an incredible lens, but lacking the wide perspective which brings life and movement to the clouds.
When not in front of a lovely vista, this lens provides some fun and goofy perspectives, adding a little humor to any shoot.
The Zeiss 12mm is similar in size to the Fuji 18-55mm zoom, though there is a flare at the top of the lens to a much wider front element.
The Zeiss 12mm is most definitely on my wish list for permanent placement in my kit! Especially for landscape photography.
Update: I somehow missed Fuji's announcement in December on the upcoming Fuji 10-24mm f/4 zoom. Optical image stabilizer, nearly 20% wider field of view than the Zeiss, ability to crop in camera with zoom, f/4 throughout the zoom range, at the same street price as the Zeiss. Sounds like a great lens, looking forward to giving it a go!