Last updated (07 July’11):
- Review by SLRLensreview
The Zeiss Distagon T* 25mm f/2.8 features 25mm at focal length with maximum aperture of f/2.8. The lens construction has 10 elements in 8 groups and has diagonal angle of view at 80 degrees. Closest focusing distance at 6.69″ (17cm) and has a filter size of 58mm. The Zeiss Distagon T* 25mm f/2.8 lens weighs 1.06 lb (480g) and it measures 2.36 inches in diameter and 3.54 inches long.
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Zeiss Distagon T* 25mm f/2.8 Reviews
SLRLensreview reviews the Zeiss Distagon T* 25mm f/2.8 and writes;
“The Distagon T* 25mm f/2.8 is a good lens – resolution is quite good overall (except the wide aperture levels where border image quality suffers somewhat), color and tonality reproduction is excellent as well. The typical artifacts found in wide angles like vignetting, flare and distortion should not, in isolation, repel your desire to own this lens. You might want to wait a little bit though, considering that there are numerous rumors floating around that Zeiss is planning to release a redesigned version soon.”
Photozone reviews the Zeiss Distagon T* 25mm f/2.8 and writes;
“The Zeiss Distagon T* 25mm f/2.8 ZF performed pretty good in our Nikon APS-C review but it didn’t impress during our full format lab tests. The resolution capabilities are simply sub-standard for such an expensive prime lens (@ ~800EUR/US$). The border quality is quite poor at large aperture settings. Same goes for the heavy vignetting here. The situation improves at medium apertures but the quality remains comparatively moderate. Lateral CAs are fairly low which helps a bit in terms of subjective quality perception. The amount of barrel distortion is about average for a prime lens in this class.”
Markcargill reviews the Zeiss Distagon T* 25mm f/2.8 and writes;
“An interesting test overall and when you consider the Zeiss lens can be bought for around £450 new, it would clearly make a great value for money landscape lens (based on our test results) with low distortion and excellent resolving power with the FX sensor. The build quality really is something special and it feels like it was created from a solid lump of metal…”
Zeiss Distagon T* 25mm f/2.8 User Reviews
Excellent Lens for Landscapes
“Very sharp and excellent color rendition. Works great with both my Nikon F4s and D700. I’ve had excellent results using it for landscapes.” – by Bob4gets
A true gem
“I bought this because everybody seems to think you need a wide-angle lens, I had not really seen the attraction myself but thought I’d just give it a try. The close focus ability of this lens and its oozing of quality in a tiny little package has quadrupled my picture taking output over the week or so I’ve had the lens. This lens may force me to increase the size of my CF card! (I most often shoot medium format so the 25 feels like a micro toy on my D700! ZF.2 seems to work just fine on the D700, just attach and shoot)” – by privacy please
“I was looking for a light wide walk-around lens on my D700 and D7000. I find my 14-24mm too heavy to use casually so I tried this lens. Initially doubt my manual-focussing ability but O boy I was surprised how easy it was. I think i made the right choice, only problem now is I’m looking to collect all the Zeiss ZF line which is going to be hard on my wallet.” – by Vince
Solid Quaility and Build
“Built with old school craftsmanship. It is a solid hunk of metal with an incredibly smooth focus ring – perfect for DSLR video. You are able to focus six inches away from objects. Manual focus only, but don’t miss the AF when using it. Overall image quality is equal to or slightly better than the best Nikon lenses.” – by friendo
“This is as wide as I need on my D700 and the options at 24/25mm are limited, since all Nikon primes in that focal length have a less than stellar reputation. The Zeiss has been nothing but a joy to use so far and I love its close-focus ability. The usual great build quality and smooth focusing make this lens wonderful to use.” – by samthase
Zeiss Distagon T* 25mm f/2.8 Sample Photos
- Zeiss Distagon T* 25mm f/2.8 Sample Photos @ SLRLensreview.com
- Zeiss Distagon T* 25mm f/2.8 Sample Photos @ Photozone.de
- Zeiss Distagon T* 25mm f/2.8 Sample Photos @ Pixel-peeper.com
- Zeiss Distagon T* 25mm f/2.8 Sample Photos @ Flickr.com
Zeiss Distagon T* 25mm f/2.8 User Manual
Zeiss Distagon T* 25mm f/2.8 Specifications
The wide angle Zeiss Distagon T* 25mm f/2.8 ZF.2 Lens for Nikon F Mount is the most advanced version of the legendary Distagon, a high performance manual focusing lens with close focus capabilities, first introduced in 1961. The Distagon T* 25mm f/2.8 ZF.2 is a recalculation of this design for use with modern SLRs and DSLRs using either full-frame or smaller sensors.
The ZF.2 lenses feature an electronic interface (CPU) which supports all important operating modes such as shutter priority, aperture priority and programmed auto exposure or manual exposure. Manual settings are available on non-AI compatible camera housings. On camera models without an electronic interface, the aperture is manually set on the lens aperture ring.
Increasing the versatility of this 25mm f/2.8 lens is its close focusing distance of only 6.7″ (0.17m), providing a wider perspective than the usual macro focal lengths. Combined with a digital SLR with a 1.5x crop factor, the lens has an effective focal length of 38mm and becomes a moderate wide angle lens.
This precision lens delivers breathtaking images. It is ideally suited for nature and landscapes, but you can get amazing perspectives on almost any subject from portraits to products…all you need is your creativity.
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