The Zeiss 15mm Zf.2 Wide Angle
Nikon and Canon users have access to some of the finest prime and zoom wide angle lenses. The venerable Nikon 14-24mm is one of the widest, sharpest zoom lens in the market place. Both Nikon and Canon professional users flock to this lens. The only downside is that due to its construction you cannot add screw on filters to the front of the lens. Only when using Lee Filters expensive adapter for that lens can you use neutral density filters. Enter the Zeiss 15mm f/2.8 wide angle lens. It is a truly remarkable lens that offers no softness in the cornes, indiscernable vingetting, and little chromatic aberration. It has an all metal build, with a built in lens hood that is part of the body. And best of all, it takes screw on filters. Granted the filter size is 95mm, whcih does not make for an inexpensive investment, especially if you buy the Zeiss UV and polarizer ones. Those combined can run you close to a grand. B+W, Sigma, Tiffen and Hoya make 95mm filters, and if you didn't buy the Zeiss ones I'd recommend B+W. The Zeiss is not an inexpensive lens, but for the money it is one of the best primes lenses to use with the Nikon D800 or 800e cameras. The sensor from that camera needs exceptional quality glass, and the Zeiss delivers it. The Zeiss is smaller and weighs a bit less than the Nikon 14-24mm lens, and if you are trying to cut donw on the weight of your kit, it could help you shave some ounces from your burden. As wide angles go you can't beat the quality of this lens in my opinion. it's one of those purcahses that will last you a life time.