Carl Zeiss unwraps new Distagon T* 25mm f/2

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Carl Zeiss has announced a new Distagon T* 2/25 ZE and ZF.2 moderate wide-angle lens. It will be available at the end of 2011 (that's 2012 isn't it?) at a recommended retail price of 1217 euros / £1066 (excluding VAT).

Press release:

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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 euros (excluding VAT)*.

Technical data
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)

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