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Carl Zeiss 25mm F2.8 ZK Distagon T*

Sharpness 
 9.3
Aberrations 
 9.3
Bokeh 
 9.8
Handling 
 10.0
Value 
 8.8
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Carl Zeiss 25mm F2.8 ZK Distagon T*
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Description:
Focal length - 25 mm
Aperture range - f/2.8 to f/22
Lens elements/Groups - 10/8
Focusing range - 0.17 m (6.69" )
Free working distance - 0.06 m (2.36" )
Angular field (diag./horiz./vert.) - 80/70/50 degrees
Coverage at close range (MFD) - 55 x 83 mm (2.17 x 3.27" )
Image ratio at MFD - 1:2.3
Filter thread - M58 x 0.75
Entrance pupil position (in front of image plane) - 87.4 mm (3.43" )
Rotation angle of focusing ring (inf to MFD) - 327 degrees
Diameter max. - 64 mm (2.52" )
Length (without lens caps) - 66 mm (2.60" )
Length (with lens caps) - 90 mm (3.54" )
Weight - 460 g (1.01 lbs)
Mount Type: Pentax K
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Site Supporter

Registered: April, 2015
Location: Wisconsin, USA
Posts: 2,761
Lens Review Date: January 9, 2017 I can recommend this lens: Yes | Price: $300.00 | Rating: 10 

 
Pros: Widest Field of View of all Zeiss lenses without noticible distortion
Cons: Sharp, but the Zeiss 21 Distagon is a bit sharper, Purple Fringing
Sharpness: 9    Aberrations: 9    Bokeh: 10    Handling: 10    Value: 10    Camera Used: K1, K3   

Handy little lens. Quality construction with lovely Zeiss colors and micro-contrast. Longest focus throw of any of my lenses - great for accurate manual focus.

I've shot most of the Zeiss lenses on my K1. This is my favorite Zeiss wide angle lens.

The Zeiss 21mm lens (I owned 2 copies) has more distortion then this lens which I don't like.

Sharp, but certainly not the sharpest of the Zeiss wide angle lenses.

Optimum apertures are f/11 - f/16 on the K1 - F/8 on the K3

Set it at f/2.8 on either the K1 or K3 and shoot a subject 2 - 6 feet away for a nice 3D like effect. Good bokeh.
   
amateur dirt farmer

Registered: December, 2014
Location: probably out in a field somewhere...
Posts: 25,278
Lens Review Date: June 14, 2020 I can recommend this lens: Yes | Price: $425.00 | Rating: 9 

 
Pros: superior build quality, color, clarity, bokeh
Cons: a bit heavy and, yes, expensive
Sharpness: 10    Aberrations: 10    Bokeh: 10    Handling: 10    Value: 8    Camera Used: K-3   

wow - just wow; this is just an amazing lens.... how is it this versatile and capable?

mine is a used copy, with OEM caps and hood, purchased here on the PF Marketplace, and is near-mint condition...

now, buying a Zeiss lens brings all kinds of expectations with it, especially a newer lens like this one....

it should be sharp, the colors should be accurate, it should be able to do pretty much anything you ask of it, etc....

this lens does...

it is a close-focusing monster - you can pull off near-macro levels of focus (it will focus down to about 6")....

colors are a breeze for it - I threw everything I could at the lens, all month long, and it pulled amazing colors everywhere...

bokeh is beautiful - smooth transitions where you want them, crisp defining subject lines...

only one downside that I can really point out - it's heavy.... period... that's it.. a bigger/heavier camera like a K-1 may balance it out a bit better, but if you're shooting anything less than a full-frame camera, you will want a battery grip on the camera for better handling...

oh... and the shots:

cherries by Pepperberry Farm, on Flickr

sunset, tall grass by Pepperberry Farm, on Flickr

southern field by Pepperberry Farm, on Flickr

ladybug by Pepperberry Farm, on Flickr

spring storms by Pepperberry Farm, on Flickr


in short - an amazing lens to add to your kit....

the rest of my shots with her:

https://www.flickr.com/photos/pepperberryfarm/albums/72157714027874141/with/49853010142/
   
Senior Member

Registered: May, 2016
Posts: 105
Lens Review Date: September 13, 2017 I can recommend this lens: Yes | Price: None indicated | Rating: 9 

 
Pros: Color, sharpness, build, size
Cons: Manual focus
Sharpness: 9    Aberrations: 9    Bokeh: 10    Handling: 10    Value: 8    Camera Used: K-1, K-3   

https://www.flickr.com/photos/138030108@N03/35469563296/in/datetaken/

https://www.flickr.com/photos/138030108@N03/33072472713/in/datetaken/

https://www.flickr.com/photos/138030108@N03/33757329991/in/datetaken/

https://www.flickr.com/photos/138030108@N03/28319580676/in/datetaken/
   
Marketplace Reseller

Registered: June, 2013
Location: Montréal
Posts: 88
Lens Review Date: May 26, 2016 I can recommend this lens: Yes | Price: $700.00 | Rating: 9 

 
Pros: Close Focus
Cons: N/A
Sharpness: 9    Aberrations: 9    Bokeh: 9    Handling: 10    Value: 9    Camera Used: Pentax K3 - Pentax k1   

Very sharp and excellent color rendition. I've had excellent results using it for landscapes.

Really underestimated lens.... The close focus capability is awesome !!!
   
New Member

Registered: July, 2013
Posts: 3
Lens Review Date: July 31, 2013 I can recommend this lens: Yes | Price: $500.00 | Rating: 8 

 
Pros: Colors,sharpness,quality
Cons: Price

I love the colors and build quality.
But my old SMC-A 24/2,8 has better micro resolution and lower distorsion.
But they are both great lenses.
As all Zeiss T* lenses it has very high contrast which many confuses with
resolution.It is NOT the same thing.I prefer the higher resolution than high contrast.
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