Reviews and Problems with Carl Zeiss Distagon T* 2,8/25 ZF.2
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My favorite all around lens
Ray, B&H Photo
17 March 2015
Excerpt: I'm a wide angle guy and I shoot a mixture of everyting, from landscape to close up to street. I have the Zeiss 21, this 25, and the 35 f2.0. I love the 21 like nobody's business, but this is my most used lens - perfect focal length for me, right between 24 and 28, previously my two favorite focal...
Pros: Consistent Output, Durable, Nice Bokeh, Zeiss Pop
Summary: Honestly I was quite disappointed in this lens as it over focused at infinity, meaning to get the crispest images on my D800e you had to back it off fractionally from infinity, and in my tests I found it to have almost no depth of focus or field, even using it f8 which is where DXO Mark say is it's...
Excerpt: The more you pay for a product, the more you want to believe it is the best... The Zeiss 25mm f2 is great, but not so great as to justify paying $700 more than the already great f2.8 version. I ordered both. I compared them side by side. And I was ready the throw the $700 IF it proved to be better.
Summary: I bought this lens to go with a new Nikon D800 DSLR. Because the D800 has a full frame 36 megapixel processor, it requires excellent lenses to get the most out of it. The Zeiss ZF2 25mm f/2 is a great wide angle lens for this camera.
Excerpt: Amazing clarity with objects at a close distance, but I withheld my last star because at infinity, the background will always seem slightly less sharp. Great with closeups and nice bokeh. Not as good with low-light situations.
Pros: Consistent Output, Durable, Easily Interchangeable, Nice Bokeh, Strong Construction
Excerpt: In these days of fast auto focus lenses why would one spend money for manual focus prime lenses such as Ziess. The short answer is quality inages. You can have high megapixel light sensors but you musthave excellent lenses to complete the quality package.
Excerpt: My workhorse for landscapes and scenery is the 21mm Distagon. I never leave a shot without the 21 being a part of the workload that day. That said, I got the 25 because sometimes I want to get in a little tighter, yet conditions don't permit it (i.e. wading in water or on a rock cliff).
Pros: Consistent Output, Durable, Easily Interchangeable, Fast / accurate auto-focus, Lightweight, Nice Bokeh, Rugged, Strong Construction
Excerpt: There is no logical reason to trash this lens. It is not built, and was never intended, to be a landscape lens sharp to the corners. It was built to be a wide-angle lens with incredible macro ability and good bokeh. From this perspective, there is no competition.