Carl Zeiss has announces the Distagon T* 2/25 fast wide-angle lens in ZE (Canon) and ZF.2 (Nikon) versions. The manual focus lens will cost around €1217 excluding VAT and is the first Zeiss 25mm for the Canon EF format. The ZF.2 version for Nikon includes a CPU to provide aperture information to the camera, allowing the use of automatic exposure modes and the recording of EXIF data. The company says the existing Distagon 2.8/25 ZF.2 for Nikon will continue to be available. The lens design, featuring 11 elements in 10 groups is more complex than the 9 element, 7 group design of the Sony/Zeiss 24mm F2 announced in July 2010.

Press Release:

Exciting Perspectives in Low Light

Carl Zeiss presents the Distagon T* 2/25 ZE and ZF.2

OBERKOCHEN, GERMANY – 27 October 2011

Carl Zeiss presents the Distagon T* 2/25 ZE and ZF.2 moderate wide-angle lenses. The large image angle allows photographers to capture exciting perspectives. With its excellent imaging quality at all aperture settings, the lens flexes its muscles particularly for photo documentaries in interior rooms where space is at a premium, as well as for pictures of objects, architecture and landscapes. In many situations, a flash is an unwelcome feature — at family gatherings, in a museum or in a church for example. To capture the mood in such places, photographers gladly do without aggressive lighting and instead work with particularly high-speed lenses that enable short exposure times even under difficult lighting conditions.

The optical experts have now virtually eliminated the chromatic aberrations on these lenses through a special design and selection of materials. Selected types of glass and two aspheric surfaces prevent color fringes from appearing on high-contrast edges. "The Distagon T* 2/25 elegantly combines a compact design with a large initial aperture," explains Christian Bannert, Senior Director of Product Development in the Camera Lens Division at Carl Zeiss AG.

Lens elements meticulously crafted to minimize stray light and reflections in the lens, and the Carl Zeiss T* anti-reflective coating to increase light transmission enable high-contrast image rendition and color saturation.

The previously available Distagon T* 2,8/25 ZF.2 will continue to be on stock and supplements the new Distagon T* 2/25. Therefore, this new lens is also the first 25-mm lens of Carl Zeiss for the EF-bayonet.

The Distagon T* 2/25 will be available end of 2011 at a recommended retail price of €1217 (excluding VAT)*.

Carl Zeiss Distagon T* 2/25 specifications

Focal length • 25 mm
Aperture range   • f/2- f/22
Number of lens elements/groups • 11/10
Focusing range: • 0.25 m – infinity
Angular field** (diag./horiz./vert.) • 81°/ 71°/ 51°
Coverage at close range** • 219 x 144 mm (close-up)
Image ratio at close range  • 1 : 5.9 (close-up)
Filter thread  • M67 x 0.75
Length with caps  • 95 mm (ZF.2)
• 98 mm (ZE)
Diameter • 71 mm (ZF.2)
• 73 mm (ZE)
Weight • 570 g (ZF.2)
• 600 g (ZE)
Mounts  • ZF.2 (F bayonet)
• ZE (EF bayonet)