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Zeiss 21/2.8 ZF.2 or 25/2.0 ZF.2...

Zeiss 21/2.8 ZF.2 or 25/2.0 ZF.2...

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Posted: 10-10-12 4:42 PM - Views: 4546

By: Mario Sremec

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...with Nikon D800 for landscapes? Which is the better option in relation with my Nikkor AF-S 14-24/2.8, AF-S 24-70/2.8 and AF-S 35/1.4?


Reply from Peter Gruener on 11-10-12 11:23 PM

this is a tough question to answer. I do like the 21mm 2.8 and it creates stunning images but sometimes for me it is a bit to wide. That's why I would go for the 25mm 2.0 where you gain another f-stop. However, if I could afford both lenses then I would go for both of them.

Reply from Dino Brusco on 10-13-12 6:33 AM

Hi guys
let me take the opportunity to add a question to this choice (always interesting, given the two superb lenses): what about focusing? I mean, we often think to work with dof / hyperfocal (especially from mid to far distances) but what for close (1m) to mid (5m) distances where wide open might still impact in focus/out of focus areas? Given the 35 F/1.4 and the 100 F/2 (and now the 135 I guess) as samples of accurate (yet slower) focusing and the 35 as a sample of a faster focusing, where fall the 21 and the 25? More on the slower (100, 35 f/1.4) or the faster (35 F/2) side? How long it takes to get the green dot in the viewfinder (not all DSLRs have a decent screen for manual focusing) ? What's your experience?
Reply from Steve Watson on 10-11-12 3:18 AM

I would contact Jorge Torralba on this site, he uses the Sony NEX 7 system.
Reply from Steve Watson on 10-11-12 3:15 AM

Sorry, I do not have any experience with the Zeiss 25/2.0 ZF.2. I am sure that it will be fine, perhaps someone else might respond to this? Personally, for hiking or climbing, I would seriously consider a much more compact camera and lens E.G. the Sony NEX7 with suitable lens or the Fuji FinePix X10. All of the lenses that you have mentioned will be heavy and bulky. Steve
Reply from Mario Sremec on 10-11-12 3:04 AM

Thanks Steve!

Any opinion for Zeiss 25/2.0 ZF.2?
I think it is more "general" lens but I want to use it for landscapes (90%) and for my hiking & climbing weekends.
So, I canĀ“t decide for this purpose; Zeiss 21/2.8 ZF.2+Nikkor AF-S 24-70/2.8 or Zeiss 25/2.0 ZF.2+Nikkor 14-24/2.8!

Thanks again!
Reply from Steve Watson on 10-11-12 1:51 AM

I have been using the Zeiss Distagon T* 2,8/21 both on a Canon EOS 5D Mk.I and a MK,II for over two years now. It is a superb lens with a Field of View appropriate to both Landscape and Architectural work. See:

The decision for you to make is what potential advantages this Zeiss lens might have to offer over the two Nikon lenses that you already own, other than being more compact. The Nikkor AF-S 14-24 f/2.8 is massive, does not take Filters and has a bulbous FRont Element that can easily get scratched. IQ wise, used properly i.e. good camera technique, I doubt that you will gain that much. The Zeiss Distagon T* 2,8/21 is reported by several sources to slightly outperform the Nikkor AF-S 14-24 f/2.8 when used fully open @ f/2,8. How important is low light photography to you? See:

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