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| p.1 #13 · New Zeiss article on the design of wide angle lenses |
yes indeed, Tariq. The 25/2 is very close to the 21/2.8 except for 'you know what' ;~) The Sony ZA is a 9/7 elements/groups versus the new 25/2 which is 11/10, and Zeiss are proud of the work they put into the complex but light(ish) new lens, which was considerable, for the much larger Canon/Nikon market. Meantime the ZA 24/2 seems to have no serious flaws, and the review sites like it a lot, but does anyone here even have one?
ricardo, with the firmware update, you can get instant metering at your shooting aperture in A mode - so if you compose and focus wide open, simply turn the aperture ring to f8 or whatever you want, touch the shutter button to see the s/speed, dial in any needed comp which experience will advise, and take the photo. It's the least of my shooting worries ,and is now automatic. I find it much much easier than a hand-held, but some cannot 'kick the habit', even from film days. John Shaw was one.
I just checked the Leitax mount fit, and anyone with a nice screwdriver can get it done in 5 minutes as virtually a no risk operation. And reversible for resale, with a nice mount for another ZF lens spare.
I have a feeling this 25/2 will go well over time, it looks terrific out to the long edges, no CA, nice bokeh and close range. It's expensive enough to mean most enthusiasts will only have one of this or the 21mm, and the 21mm is too wide for a lot of people, who nevertheless want a top class wide angle.
And if I was in CZ marketing I would start publishing f5.6 data in the tech sheets, as well as f2 and f4.