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. But the decision was quite easy to make: I kept the f2.8 version.
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. I am old enough to have been well established in my photographic career prior to autofocus so lack of auto focus is not a problem. Manual focus is so basic. Simple as that.
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). Crispness and clarity are second to none, just as you'd expect. Even wide open in daylight, aberration is minimal to manageable.
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. I took it on hikes at Lake Tahoe with a D800E and Zeiss 100/2, and I literally could not tell which macro pics were taken with the 100 and which with this lens.
Excerpt: I purchased this lens and the ZF2 f 1,4/50mm Planar because I need a complementary pair of prime lenses for travel assignments and the 1x/2x combo has always done well for me both on medium format and 35mm cameras. I have used my Hasselblad/Zeiss Distagon 50 and Planar 100 pair for hundreds of jobs and never needed anything those two lenses can't do.
Pros: Consistent Output, Durable, Nice Bokeh, Sharp, Strong Construction
Cons: Barrel distortion, Poor in Low Light, Vignetting
Excerpt: -nature -wide angle close up shots of almost anything This lens feels good and allows me to take close up pictures of just about everything.this works great on an FX or DX camera. this lens is silky smooth just buy and you will love it becuase its a nice change of pace from the Nikon offerings.
Pros: Consistent Output, Durable, Lightweight, Strong Construction
Excerpt: 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.
Pros: Consistent Output, Durable, Nice Bokeh, Rugged, Strong Construction