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I really want to like this lens but after buying the Sigma Art 18mm-35mm lens, I wish I had never purchased this Ziess lens.
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...
This is an exceptional lens, low distortion of off axis planes, very close focus, excellent sharpness, super super lens.
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.
Review from Lens Rentals dot com The Zeiss ZF.2 25mm f2 is a new and greatly improved version of the previous Zeiss 25mm f2. Despite the design overhaul, the lens still maintains it's Distagon roots. The most obvious change is the increase in maximum aperture.
What a great lens. I can highly recommend it. Super also on DX-sensor. A bargain for what you get! I use it with a D5100 and D300.
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.
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...
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 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.