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    Zeiss 25mm f2.8

    Does anyone on this group use the f2.8 Zeiss ZF.2 25mm? How does it compare optically with the f2 version? It's lighter, and considerably cheaper, which are major attractions in my book!
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    Re: Zeiss 25mm f2.8

    Hi, I started a similar thread at Fred Mirandas and got some useful answers. Look at Zeiss 25/2.8 ? - FM Forums

    Anyway I bought it and has used it for a week now and it is a good lens, interesting and challenging at close distances, but behaves very good when used for landscapes and longer distances.

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    Re: Zeiss 25mm f2.8

    Quote Originally Posted by stickan1 View Post
    Hi, I started a similar thread at Fred Mirandas and got some useful answers. Look at Zeiss 25/2.8 ? - FM Forums

    Anyway I bought it and has used it for a week now and it is a good lens, interesting and challenging at close distances, but behaves very good when used for landscapes and longer distances.
    Thanks Stickan!
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    Re: Zeiss 25mm f2.8

    The 25f2 is of a new design. Outstanding lens
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    Re: Zeiss 25mm f2.8

    Quote Originally Posted by Guy Mancuso View Post
    The 25f2 is of a new design. Outstanding lens
    Thanks Guy.

    They are both branded as Distagons, which is a little confusing. Having come from a Leica M-system I'd expected this focal length to be a Biogon.
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    Re: Zeiss 25mm f2.8

    Biogon is a symmetrical(ish) construction that isn't possible to use with SLR cameras. Distagon is the common retro focus wide-angle designation used by Zeiss. You see ZM-lenses such as the 15 and 18mm using the Distagon design as well.
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    Re: Zeiss 25mm f2.8

    If you don't need F2, and don't shoot close up,
    I would for sure go for the 25/2.8 for landscape.
    I use it all the time with my D800E at F5.6-8
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    Re: Zeiss 25mm f2.8

    Quote Originally Posted by kuau View Post
    If you don't need F2, and don't shoot close up,
    I would for sure go for the 25/2.8 for landscape.
    I use it all the time with my D800E at F5.6-8
    Thanks Steven!
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    Re: Zeiss 25mm f2.8

    Here is an image from the other night.
    D800E Zeiss 25/2.8 F7.1 I think
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    Re: Zeiss 25mm f2.8

    Steven,

    Great light! It's hard to judge from a full frame "screen" shot, but it appears the point of focus was somewhere in the foreground or maybe you used hyperfocal distance as opposed to infinity?

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    Re: Zeiss 25mm f2.8

    Dave,
    My friend, that's the problem with posting images on the web, and of course im to lazy to post separate 100% crops of the corners etc. It's enough work just getting ou there to get the shot.

    This image as most of my images are taken at infinity or very close to.
    Especially with the 25 for this kind of shot.
    If Guy and Jack would have a special place to upload raw NEFs then we would all be able to see what's going on at 100%.
    Just an idea.
    I don't want to sign up for drop box and all these other kind of places.
    Again to me a hassle. I want to spend more time shooting and perfecting my skills then spending hours in PS cropping sections at 100% saving as jpegs, etc.
    I guess at the end of the day the best thing to do is go out and rent these lenses and try for oneself and draw your own conclusion.
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