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I have questions about these two lenses. The 25/2.8 does not seem to be very popular with the masses, not sharp wide open and not too good in the corners according to forum discussion. But most comments seemed to be from people not having the lens. I did take a look at Flickr images and do see the Zeiss contrast/look in them. The guy who is selling the stuff, a seasoned photographer, said the 25 is one of his favorite lenses and was not even shure about selling it (because he could Leitax mount it to Nikon). He thought it...Show more →
Hrannar, while I patiently waited Zeiss ZE 25mm I have used 2010 and 2011 the C/Y 2.8/25 as my 2nd most shoot lens, and almost only wide angle I used (having possibility to use ZE 2/28, ZE 2/35, C/Y 2.8/28 and ultra wide ZE 2.8/21 in addition to 25). I have seen also lots of comments you refer and that leads me only to think that either there are two versions of this lens (I personally would avoid ME version and get MM) or there is sample variation. I heard a lot of talk this lens not being sharp and problematic corners, but I choose to evaluate myself instead trusting web comments and it turned out to be excellent performer.
Personally I prefer C/Y 2.8/25 over C/Y and ZE/ZF 28mm lenses. Now the new ZE 2/25 is even better. But my preferences are different than many others; I haven't pixel peeped for years, it doesn't make any sense; pixel peeping equals 1.5-2 meter wide prints size. Who the ##ck is so stupid prints tiny 36mm*24mm sensor created images to that magnification? I have set my quality standard to that I can print showroom quality A2 print - that is enough for me. If I print larger, then I'll have to get larger sensor (stitching or getting larger format camera).
My preference has been that in my prints (and images viewed 2560x1600) show "presense" and "being there". On this attribute C/Y 2.8/25 delivers, and delivers well. Now ZE25 seems to work as well, after the initial learning curve. However ZE2/25 will also make the pixel peepers happy, so as overall it's better. However like I have tried to say to people; all lenses are compromises - you have to find lenses, which compromises suit you the best.
I was processing some old photos to post is Zeiss discussion thread, but I can double post them here (well technically not double post since I have not yet posted to Zeiss discussion ). Some of these I have posted before on Zeiss discussion or C/Y lenses.
2009 Norway close to Sweden border - f/8 ND-grad done in PhotoShop (sky 1/100s, forest 1/40s) - larger
2009 Flakstad, Norway - f/2.8 - larger
2009 Lapland, Finland - f/8 - larger
2009 Skibotn, Norway - f/5.6 - larger
2009 Skibotn, Norway - f/8 larger
2009 Skibotn, Norway - larger
2009 Oulangan kanjoni, Salla, Finland larger
2010 Pulkajärvi, Pirkkala, Finland - f/11- larger
2010 Pulkajärvi, Pirkkala, Finland - f/11 - larger