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The Zeiss ZE 25mm f2 brings the 25mm focal length to the Canon EF mount. While the previous f2.8 version was available in other mounts, the ZE version was never made. The new ZE 25mm f2, if using the previous Zeiss 25mm f2.8 as a basis, has been greatly improved . Despite the design overhaul, the lens still maintains it’s Distagon roots. The most obvious change is the increase in maximum aperture. This opens the 25mm focal length for low-light shooters. But delve a little deeper, and there are several other key changes. Through the addition of two aspheric lens surfaces, the field curvature that was so noticeable on the previous version has been eliminated. This also makes chromatic aberrations virtually non-existant. Using a floating element design, distortion is no longer a concern. This makes the 25mm f2 ideal for architectural photography, as well as any other application where distortion-free images are a must. Like all other Zeiss SLR lenses, the 25mm f2 has the Carl Zeiss T* anti-reflective coating, which enables high-contrast images and wonderful color saturation.
One key difference that should be pointed out is the new Zeiss 25mm f2 doesn’t focus as close as the the previous f2.8 version. This makes the focus throw of the new f2 version seem shorter. However, if you take into consideration the difference in focus distance, the effective throw is the same. The barrel of the lens is larger, so the focus ring diameter is also. For video shooters, this will be a welcome change. Like all other ZE lenses, you have full aperture control from the camera.
Sale of Zeiss ZE lenses: We are a registered Zeiss dealer and sell new in box, fully warrantied Zeiss ZE lenses and now stock for immediate delivery in our For Sale section. If the lens is listed, a new in box copy of the lens is in stock for immediate shipment. If it is not listed, it is backordered, although we still have rental copies available.
Zeiss Try and Buy: We offer a new service with ZE lenses only. First rent any ZE lens for 4 days. Then if you decide you want to buy it, we will apply your 4 day rental fee to the purchase of a brand new copy at our listed price. (Note: this is not your used rental copy. You will be buying a new lens.)
It’s an interesting lens. Unlike previous versions in this focal range there is very little field curvature (unlike the 25mm f/2.8). In terms of pure resolution it’s superb, generating numbers in our testing similar to the legendary 21mm f/2.8. Sharper than the Nikon or Canon 24mm f/1.4 lenses when shot at f/2.0. Sharper than any 35mm, 50mm, or 85mm lens we stock at f/2.0. And that’s both in the center and overall (weighted average) sharpness.
But there’s a bit of a catch: that’s for testing at middle distances (10 to 25 feet). But at infinity (where the MTF charts are made) it doesn’t seem quite as good (it’s still good, but not amazingly good), so there are probably better choices for landscape work. But 25mm isn’t really a landscape focal length for most people, it’s more for reportage, street shooting, architecture, and video work. For these purposes, at middle distances, I’m not sure there’s a better lens available.
- Filter Size
- 67mm (nonrotating front element)
- 3.8 inches
- 2.87 inches
- 1.32 lb
- Minimum Focusing Distance
- Maximum Magnification
- Angle of view: (full frame)
- 81 degrees
- Zoom method
- Image Stabilization
- Focusing System
- Internal focusing, floating element, nonrotating, manual
- Aperture Blades
- 9 curved, circular shape
- Low Dispersion Elements
- Fluorite Elements
- Aspherical Elements
- Weather Resistant
- Canon EF
- Crop, Full frame
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