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Zeiss Distagon T* 25mm f/2.0 ZE Lens for Canon EF Mount

You Pay: $1,699.00
Product Highlights
  • For Canon EF Mount Cameras
  • Works with Both SLRs and DSLRs
  • Very Fast f/2.0 Maximum Aperture
  • Superior Optical Construction
  • 6.7" (0.17m) Close Focusing Distance
  • 67mm Filter Size
  • Manual Focusing

The wide angle Distagon T* 25mm f/2.0 ZE Lens for Canon EF 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/2.0 ZE is a recalculation of this design, with an exceptionally fast f/2.0 maximum aperture, for use with modern SLRs and DSLRs using either full-frame or smaller sensors.

This manually focusable ZE lens features electronic shutter control and additional electronic contacts to the camera. All existing exposure programs (P, AV, TV, M) and the AF confirmation function of the camera are supported; lens information (focal length and speed) is passed on to the camera. Certain functions that require the use of AF lenses (various scene modes, A-DEP) are partially unavailable.

Increasing the versatility of this 25mm f/2.0 lens is its close focusing distance of only 9.8", providing a wider perspective than usual. 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.

Exceptionally fast f2.0 maximum aperture provides superb low-light capabilities
Chromatic aberrations on this lens have been virtually eliminated, thanks to a special optical construction and selection of optical glass.
Two aspheric lens surfaces correct distortion and image field curvature, and the floating elements design creates high imaging performance, regardless of the distance of the subject.
The almost circular design of the aperture produces an exceptional "bokeh", beautifully reproducing the out-of-focus areas of the image.
This lens features a precise focusing mechanism with a large rotation angle. Operating it manually means controlling the picture with your fingertips.
Zeiss lenses are famous for the exceptional quality of the pictures they provide. They boast optimum control of glare and stray light to ensure brilliant images. No matter how demanding the subject, perspectives, colors, and lighting situations are reproduced perfectly - over the entire full-frame image field.
Performance
Focal Length 25mm
Aperture Maximum: f/2
Minimum: f/22
Camera Mount Type Canon EF
Format Compatibility 35mm Film / Full-Frame Digital Sensor
Canon (APS-C)
Angle of View 81°
Minimum Focus Distance 9.84" (24.99 cm)
Magnification 0.43x
Maximum Reproduction Ratio 1:2
Elements/Groups 11/10
Diaphragm Blades Not Specified By Manufacturer
Features
Image Stabilization No
Autofocus No
Tripod Collar No
Environmental
Physical
Filter Thread 67 mm
Dimensions (DxL) Approx. 2.87 x 3.86" (7.3 x 9.8 cm)
Weight 1.32 lb (600 g)
Zeiss Distagon T* 25mm f/2.0 ZE Lens for Canon EF Mount
  • Front & Rear Lens Caps
  • Lens Shade
  • 2-Year Manufacturer's Warranty
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    ZeissDistagon T* 25mm f/2.0 ZE Lens for Canon EF Mount
     
    5.0

    (based on 8 reviews)

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    Pros

    • Durable (7)
    • Great picture quality (4)
    • Rugged (4)
    • Strong construction (4)
    • Consistent output (3)

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Landscape/scenery (7)
      • Video (5)
      • Low light (4)
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      5.0

      Another Outstanding Zeiss Lens

      By MJT

      from Cincinnati, OH

      About Me Semi-pro Photographer

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Consistent Output
      • Durable
      • Easily Interchangeable
      • Nice Bokeh
      • Rugged
      • Strong Construction

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Indoors/Low Light
        • Landscape/Scenery
        • Video
        • Weddings/Events
        • Wildlife Photos

        Comments about Zeiss Distagon T* 25mm f/2.0 ZE Lens for Canon EF Mount:

        Another outstanding Zeiss lens in my lens collection. This is my sixth Zeiss lens and I continue to be delighted with the quality and character that each lens brings to my photos and video. I use them on a Canon DSLR and a Sony NEX FS100 (using a metabones adapter). Other Zeiss lens I own include the 135mm f/2.0, 100mm f/2.0, 50mm f/2.0, 35mm f/2.0 and 21mm f/2.8. Each of these lenses brings something special to the image and I could not be happier with my results.

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        5.0

        Fantastic Lens

        By Enormus

        from Beaverton, OR

        About Me Pro Photographer

        Pros

        • Durable
        • Rugged
        • Strong Construction

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Landscape/Scenery
          • Video
          • Wildlife Photos

          Comments about Zeiss Distagon T* 25mm f/2.0 ZE Lens for Canon EF Mount:

          I love this lens. It's my favorite focal length and it's manual focus. It produces stunning images with great color, contrast and sharpness. I don't care for auto focus so this was the only alternative for me. It reminds of the days I used to run around with my Nikon FM shooting with the venerable 24 f2.8. It makes you think about your composition and about depth of field. If you want AF, buy an Af lens.

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          5.0

          Great Manual Focus v. wide angle lens

          By Photoguy205

          from Boston, MA

          About Me Photo Enthusiast

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Consistent Output
          • Nice Bokeh
          • Rugged
          • Strong Construction

          Cons

          • Heavy

          Best Uses

          • Indoors/Low Light
          • Landscape/Scenery
          • Night Photography

          Comments about Zeiss Distagon T* 25mm f/2.0 ZE Lens for Canon EF Mount:

          Its a tank - all metal. My camera is a Canon 5D Mark II. Silky smooth focus for about 130 deg, down to 10" for very fine control. All modes work and it delivers full EXIF data. Also, auto focus points light up along with green focus confirmation LED. But I like (on tripod) Live View x10 where focus is very precise. Images very sharp and better contrast & lower CA than Canon L zoom lens.

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          5.0

          Perfect Lens for Tight European Places

          By Miltiades

          from Wellfleet, MA

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Consistent Output
          • Durable
          • Nice Bokeh
          • Rugged
          • Strong Construction

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Indoors/Low Light
            • Landscape/Scenery
            • Night Photography
            • Video

            Comments about Zeiss Distagon T* 25mm f/2.0 ZE Lens for Canon EF Mount:

            I came into photography / videography knowing that I wanted to use primes – at least get started with them, partly for aesthetic reasons but also for the discipline. My first lens was a 50 and I used that exclusively, Ozu-style, for about a year before adding this lens to my kit.As someone working in Rome, the 50 was definitely limiting in terms of what I could fit into the frame. It was outstanding for portraits and dialogues but I had real difficulty with buildings – both exteriors and interiors. Rome's streets are narrow and even buildings in large piazzas were difficult. The pantheon and Palazzo Farnese were, annoyingly, just outside of my range. Practically the only building I could work with was the Vittoriano, or the 'Wedding Cake,' an awful construction which I vowed never to photograph again the day this lens arrived.It was an instant pleasure to use, close to doubling my field of view. I love the dynamic perspective it offers, its color rendition, build-quality – everything about it. It's not just a lens for spaces, it's good for people too, especially at around 15" - 2'.I don't consider the vignetting at f/2.0 an issue and I'd say manual focusing is pretty easy at this wide angle of view, even without a focusing screen.

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            5.0

            Great Lens

            By LJ

            from Hobart, Tasmania

            About Me Pro Photographer

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Durable
            • Great Picture Quality

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Underwater

              Comments about Zeiss Distagon T* 25mm f/2.0 ZE Lens for Canon EF Mount:

              We use this lens in a 3D photometry setup. The lens elements are very stable and we get very good repeatable images. The images are very crisp and clear. A pricey lens but worth the money.

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              5.0

              I Love Zeiss Lenses!

              By Paul

              from Carmel, CA

              About Me Photo Enthusiast

              Pros

              • Awesome build quality
              • Durable
              • Easy to Use
              • Good Video Quality
              • Great Picture Quality

              Cons

              • Expensive but worth it
              • Poor Lens cap

              Best Uses

              • Landscape/Scenery
              • Video

              Comments about Zeiss Distagon T* 25mm f/2.0 ZE Lens for Canon EF Mount:

              I recently moved from camcorders into DSLR photography/videography with a Canon 5D Mk III. I bought the 24-105mm kit lens and a Zeiss 50mm f/1.4. Well, the Canon lens stayed in the bag most of the time because of the outstanding image quality and incredible "feel" of the Zeiss lens. These things are beautifully built. I recently added this Zeiss 25mm f/2.0 to have the same sharp image, wonderful color rendition and beautiful bokeh I got with my Zeiss 50mm. I was NOT disappointed! I know these lenses are expensive and yeah, autofocus is nice, but it's oh, so worth it! I plan to own these lenses for the rest of my life and hope to add to my collection in the future.

              The only downside I would mention is the lens cap. I find it very difficult to grasp. I actually bought Nikon lens caps for my other lenses then I got the bright idea of cutting a small piece of 3M "Outdoor Tread" tape I had lying around and sticking it on the lens cap grips. This tape is like rough sandpaper on one side and the sticky side attaches well to the plastic cap - this solution worked great for me.

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              • Zeiss 50mm f/1.4

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              5.0

              Classic Zeiss Image Rendition & DOF

              By Jordan M

              from USA

              About Me Pro Photographer

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Durable
              • Great Picture Quality

              Cons

              • Heavy

              Best Uses

              • Landscape/Scenery
              • Low Light
              • Wide Field Astronomy

              Comments about Zeiss Distagon T* 25mm f/2.0 ZE Lens for Canon EF Mount:

              A wide angle with such a large aperture has more benefits than just shallow depth of field. While this provides ample creative uses with a wide angle lens, the greater light gathering and brighter viewfinder is the greatest aspect.

              The typical well-damped Zeiss focus ring is a joy to use, and the resistance makes careful focusing that much easier.

              The filter size being the same 57mm across the majority of Zeiss ZE lenses also provides screw-in filter use across many lenses.

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              5.0

              My first Zeiss. I'm loving it.

              By Erik the Red

              from San Diego, CA

              About Me Photography Student

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Compact
              • Durable
              • Easy to Use
              • Feel's good
              • Good Video Quality
              • Great construction
              • Great Picture Quality

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Landscape/Scenery
                • Travel
                • Video
                • Weddings/Events

                Comments about Zeiss Distagon T* 25mm f/2.0 ZE Lens for Canon EF Mount:

                Alright, I gave this a 5 star rating really I wanted to give it 4.5 stars. This is my first Zeiss lens, I bought this and sold my 24-105 Canon lens. I shoot landscape photography and wanted to get a prime. After doing some research I choose this new lens from Zeiss. I chose this because I am very familiar with 24mm focal length. There were very few reviews on the internet about this lens at the time but reading many things on Zeiss it was bound to please. After receiving it I went to Balboa Park in San Diego to test it out, and I went photo crazy.

                I read about the light falloff at the corners at f/2 so first thing I did was shoot many pictures at that aperture. Most of my photos could easily show the light fallout and it's pretty heavy on my full frame 5D mk ii. I use heavy instead of bad because in most situations shooting flowers and the gardens there, it wasn't distracting. Combined with the bokeh it made some pictures look very interesting. The bokeh is buttery smooth at f/2 and with the minimum focus distance on this being so close(6.7)inches, makes getting a shallow depth of field even easier. My canon had auto focus like all my other lenses. Zeiss only makes manual focus lens. I've used my canon lens on manual many times and I'm very confident in my ability to manual focus, but to have only manual focus? I was skeptical. Again reading about Zeiss having arguably the best manual focus and me using this primarily for landscapes I went for it. This like the bokeh is buttery smooth. The focus ring has a long smooth feel and I feel like I'm a surgeon when it comes to focusing this lens. I find my self playing with the focus ring when I'm walking around with it. It is just that amazing.

                The image quality with this lens is superb. The colors are incredible, the contrast is very good, and it is very sharp. As you will see in my pictures below. At 5.6 it is sharp like a knife. and the light falloff is not an issue. The chromatic aberration is gone. This lens handles chromatic aberration so well, it's virtually gone. My pictures well show how sharp this lens is and the chromatic aberration on high contrast edges.

                The build quality of this thing is insane, it's all metal. Feels like a tank that will last a thousand years. This is not your typical mass produced plastic dslr lens. This is a lens built to an artisan like quality, and Leica lenses are supposedly an even better build quality! It's hard to imagine something better than this type of build quality!

                So my conclusion to this lens is if you are willing to spend the money get it. My suggestion to people is save up and get a excellent quality lens. The lens just feels right when you hold and shoot it. After getting this lens I don't think I'll be getting a wide angle L series again. The negatives of this lens would be the light falloff at f/2(Can be fixed in photoshop/lightroom easily)I even like the vignetting when combined with the bokeh, it makes for an interesting look sometimes. People have said this lens isn't weather sealed, I'm not testing that out, but I did email Zeiss about that and got this response "All these lenses are not specially sealed. They can stand a little shower or something like that. But in heavy rain you should protect them like the rest of your equipment."-Zeiss. For having a phenomenal build quality I wish it was weather sealed. It's just nice to walk/hike around not worrying about your lens being ruined from rain, but that's a minor detail from the big picture(pun intended).

                The sample shots are that same picture one uncropped and the other cropped to show the detail. These images are unedited from my 5D mk II
                shot a f5.6 1/90 and an iso of 1600.

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