I don't know the answer to that as I haven't used the Zeiss at all. I will say I don't find there to be much that excites me about the Nikon, either good or bad. It's decent, but it has a few quirks. It is fairly light weight, is pretty sharp on the D800E, so it should be good on film. It also has a funny bit of field curvature or focus shift that I still don't have a good handle on. I bought the Sigma 35mm f/1.4 and that has pretty much taken the place of the 28mm Nikon for me as the perfect walk around lens, though obviously a bit longer.

I would be perfectly happy taking the lens on vacation, especially for handheld shots used in a point and shoot mode.