ZEISS Distagon T* 25mm f/2.8 ZF.2 Lens for Nikon F Mount

ZEISS Distagon T* 25mm f/2.8 ZF.2 Lens for Nikon F Mount

ZEISS Distagon T* 25mm f/2.8 ZF.2 Lens for Nikon F Mount

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Product Highlights

  • For Nikon F Mount Cameras
  • Works with Both SLRs and DSLRs
  • Superior Optical Construction
  • 6.7" (0.17m) Close Focusing Distance
  • Electronic Coupling
  • 58mm Filter Size
  • Manual Focusing
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ZEISS 25mm f/2.8 overview

  • 1Description

The wide angle ZEISS Distagon T* 25mm f/2.8 ZF.2 Lens for Nikon F 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/2.8 ZF.2 is a recalculation of this design for use with modern SLRs and DSLRs using either full-frame or smaller sensors.

The ZF.2 lenses feature an electronic interface (CPU) which supports all important operating modes such as shutter priority, aperture priority and programmed auto exposure or manual exposure. Manual settings are available on non-AI compatible camera housings. On camera models without an electronic interface, the aperture is manually set on the lens aperture ring.

Increasing the versatility of this 25mm f/2.8 lens is its close focusing distance of only 6.7" (0.17m), providing a wider perspective than the usual macro focal lengths. 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.

Compatibility
Nikon:
F2-A, Nikkormat FT3, FM, FM2 (Manual only)
F2-AS (Manual & Shutter Priority only)
EM (Aperture Priority only)
EL, FE, FE2, FM3A, F3 (Manual only)
F301, F501, FG (Manual & Aperture Priority only)
FA, F4, F5 (all functions supported)
F70, F90, F90X, F100, F401, F601, F801, D1, D1X, D1H, F50, F55, F65, F75, F80, D40, D40X, D50, D60, D70, D70s, D80, D90, D100, D3000, D5000 (all functions supported)
F6, D2-Series, D200, D300, D300s, D3, D3s, D3X, D700, D800, D800E, D4 (all functions supported)
FujiFilm
FinePix S1Pro, S2Pro, S3Pro, S5Pro (all functions supported)
Kodak:
Kodak Pro 14n (all functions supported)
This legendary ZEISS wide angle lens has an amazing close-range adjustment providing a unique way of showing detailed objects in their surroundings.
The optical construction helps control flare and reduce stray light, resulting in brilliant images.
The almost circular design of the aperture produces an exceptional "bokeh", beautifully reproducing the out-of-focus areas of the image.
The ZF.2 lenses are an enhanced version of the ZF lenses. They feature an electronic interface (CPU) which enables the ZF.2 lenses to support all important operating modes such as shutter priority, aperture priority and programmed auto exposure or manual exposure settings even on non-AI compatible camera housings.
Photographers no longer have to set the parameters in the camera menu (as they did with earlier lenses) as the ZF.2 lenses now transmit standard data such as focal length, speed and the aperture setting to the camera. This data can then be viewed in the EXIF data of each picture.
The silver fork coupling on Nikon AI-compatible cameras is not available on ZF.2 lenses. For this reason, you cannot use light metering on older cameras (F, F2, Nikkormat, etc.).
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.
In the Box
ZEISS Distagon T* 25mm f/2.8 ZF.2 Lens for Nikon F Mount
  • Front & Rear Lens Caps
  • Lens Shade
  • Limited 2-Year Warranty
  • Table of Contents
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    ZEISS 25mm f/2.8 specs

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    Focal Length 25mm
    Aperture Maximum: f/2.8
    Minimum: f/22
    Camera Mount Type Nikon F
    Format Compatibility Nikon FX/35mm Film
    Nikon DX
    Angle of View 80°
    Minimum Focus Distance 6.69" / 17 cm
    Magnification 0.43x
    Maximum Reproduction Ratio 1:2
    Optical Design 10 Elements in 8 Groups
    Diaphragm Blades Not Specified by Manufacturer
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    Image Stabilization No
    Autofocus No
    Tripod Collar No
    Physical
    Filter Thread 58 mm
    Dimensions (DxL) Approx. 2.36 x 3.54" / 5.99 x 8.99 cm
    Weight 1.06 lb / 480 g
    Packaging Info
    Package Weight 1.4 lb
    Box Dimensions (LxWxH) 7.7 x 4.5 x 4.3"

    ZEISS 25mm f/2.8 reviews

    Distagon T* 25mm f/2.8 ZF.2 Lens for Nikon F Mount is rated 4.8 out of 5 by 15.
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from unique 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. You may not need, or even appreciate, this niche, but if you do, this lens is all there is.
    Date published: 2013-06-17
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from A true gem I bought this because everybody seems to think you need a wide-angle lens, I had not really seen the attraction myself but thought I'd just give it a try. The close focus ability of this lens and its oozing of quality in a tiny little package has quadrupled my picture taking output over the week or so I've had the lens. This lens may force me to increase the size of my CF card! (I most often shoot medium format so the 25 feels like a micro toy on my D700! ZF.2 seems to work just fine on the D700, just attach and shoot) By the way I always prefer manual focus!
    Date published: 2010-10-19
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great lens 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.
    Date published: 2011-01-11
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Better deal than the f2 version 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. I'll try to explain why and I apologise for my mistakes, as English is not my first language.Aside from the f2 one stop difference (which I don't need for landscape and close-ups), here are the criterias I used to compare the two lenses: 1) resolution; 2) distortion and field curvature; 3) easiness of focus; 4) colour, clarity, contrast; 5) weight and volume for travel; 6) creative possibilities; 7) and least but not last: cost. Let's treat them in order.1)Resolution. I took a few pictures (on my D800) of the same landscape (medium range to infinity) at f5.6, f8 and f11 (the f-stops I use the most for that focal length) and I was shocked to see only a *very* slight difference in resolution in Lightroom, on a 1:1 magnification factor! Actually, I had to look very carefully to see any difference at all, despite the 7MP difference stated by test labs such as DX0.*. The test labs do not confirm my field experience with the lens. Both f2 and f2.8 versions are very sharp.2)Distortion: dxo.com states 0.5% for the f2 version and 0.4% on the f2.8! (On the full frame D800, of course). I confirm that I see no difference on that chapter either. Distortion is not the same as field curvature caused by focusing at a few inches of the subject. The f2.8 lens has macro capabilities (1:2.3 ratio) but has some field curvature at close distances; at a few meters, the field curvature is gone, and both lenses perform almost in the same manner.3)Easiness of focus: the f2 version has 123 degree rotation ring, compared to the 327 degrees of the f2.8 version. From 10 inches to 2 feet, the f2.8 wins by a VERY big margin. It is a lot easier to focus as the ring has almost two time the amount of rotation. From 2 feet to infinity, there have about the same amount of rotation. As for the brighter focusing screen due to the additional stop of the f2 version, I didn't see any significant difference. Also, in addition to having more rotation, the f2.8 version is thinner which makes it easier and smother to rotate for my fingers. Here, the f2.8 wins at close distances.4)As for color, I saw no difference whatsoever, but I didn't have time to shoot in different conditions. Micro contrast is absolutely great for both lenses and a lot better than my old Nikon AI-S 24mm f2.85)Weight: the f2.8 version is 150 grams lighter, which can make a very slight difference if you walk, climb or travel. Also, it is somewhat thinner, but has roughly the same length. The f2.8 wins.6)Creative possibilities: that is the most important part. The f2.8 version has a lot more possibilities, because you can move at any distance of your subject. It is designed so that you can focus on an ant while seeing the whole forest behind! Or a flower, while throwing an amazing defocus effect on the mountain at the background. To me, this is pure gold: it allows to create amazing perspectives. It is a unique lens in its kind, while the f2 version is just another regular wide angle lens designed for medium range.7)Price. So let's sum-up. The major factor, aside from the additional 1 stop (which I have no use for at that focal length) is resolution. The question is : are you willing to pay $700 for a *very slight* gain in resolution, which will not even be noticeable on 13x19 prints? Are you also ready to sacrifice some close-up creative possibilities? As for me, the question was easily answered.Thanks for reading, I hope this will help you make an enlightened decision.*
    Date published: 2014-02-19
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Excellent Alernative to the 21mm Distago 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. It's not quite as sharp as the 15mm or 21mm, but I doubt anyone would know the difference in quality unless you compared identical shots with each lens sitting side by side. The 15 will pull you into the scene like you dove through a window...the 25 will render the shot a little closer but will comparable clarity and contrast...and the 21 strikes a nice balance of wide-angle pull-in of the observer vs. bringing a little less of the foreground into the picture in lieu of concentrating more on the background. I could live without the 25 by doing what I could to move the 21mm up a few steps and *gasp* crop later on in post processing...but I am obsessive compulsive and do whatever I can to avoid having to crop. The 25 solves all compositional issues on the tighter end. The 15, 21, and 25 are the perfect trifecta for a landscape scene.
    Date published: 2013-06-17
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Highly recommended I was looking for a light wide walk-around lens on my D700 and D7000. I find my 14-24mm too heavy to use casually so I tried this lens. Initially doubt my manual-focussing ability but O boy I was surprised how easy it was. I think i made the right choice, only problem now is I'm looking to collect all the Zeiss ZF line which is going to be hard on my wallet.
    Date published: 2010-10-25
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from My favorite all around 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 lengths, and eliminating the need for both (it's actually almost 26mm, not 25, so splits the difference pretty well). Manual focus is easy for close ups, I use zone focus for street, and most landscapes are shot at infinity with it's very accurate hard stop. I have some nice gear, but a lot of days I just go out with this 25 f2.8 and my Df and that's all I shoot with. It's also got great close focus, so if you're not a hard core macro shooter, this might be all you need for that too... I've read various reviews that talk about the technical short-comings of this lens, but most of them conclude that it's a wonderful lens in use despite those theoretical limits. I couldn't agree more - it's got plenty of that patented Zeiss pop and micro-contrast, great colors - what you expect of a Zeiss.
    Date published: 2015-03-17
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Solid Quaility and Build Built with old school craftsmanship. It is a solid hunk of metal with an incredibly smooth focus ring - perfect for DSLR video. You are able to focus six inches away from objects. Manual focus only, but don't miss the AF when using it. Overall image quality is equal to or slightly better than the best Nikon lenses.
    Date published: 2010-11-11
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    Designed for use with:

    • Nikon D3200
    • Nikon D3300
    • Nikon D3400
    • Nikon D4s
    • Nikon D5
    • Nikon D500
    • Nikon D5200
    • Nikon D5300
    • Nikon D5500
    • Nikon D5600
    • Nikon D610
    • Nikon D7100
    • Nikon D7200
    • Nikon D750
    • Nikon D7500
    • Nikon D810
    • Nikon D810A
    • Nikon D850
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