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Zeiss ZE 25mm f/2 Distagon for Canon

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The Zeiss ZE 25mm f/2 Distagon for Canon

The Zeiss ZE 25mm f/2 brings the 25mm focal length to the Canon EF mount. While the previous f/2.8 version was available in other mounts, the ZE version was never made. The ZE 25mm f/2, if using the Zeiss 25mm f/2.8 as a basis, has been greatly improved. Despite the design overhaul, the lens still maintains its Distagon roots. 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-existent. Thanks to a floating element design, distortion is no longer a concern. This makes the 25mm f/2 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 f/2 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 Zeiss 25mm f/2 doesn’t focus as close as the f/2.8 version. This makes the focus throw of the f/2 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.

Roger's Take

It’s really, really good. That should about cover it. Oh, you want details? OK.

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.

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