Carl Zeiss Distagon T* 25mm f/2.8 is a classical manual focus lens for the Contax series of SLR cameras. Along with its slightly longer cousins Distagon T* 28mm f/2.8 and Distagon T* 35mm f/2.8, the lens was often regarded as one of the more affordable wide angles in the Contax lens lineup.
The origins of the lens actually go way back to early 70s when Carl Zeiss used to offer its lenses for Rollei SL35 series of cameras. The Contax version of Distagon T* 25mm f/2.8 was originally manufactured as an AE version, and later was replaced by an MM variant. According to Carl Zeiss, the optical performance of both versions are identical, but there are plenty of rumors floating aroun on the web with claims that the later MM version is optically superior to the older AE one. Both variants were manufactured by Carl Zeiss itself in West Germany, as well as by Kyocera in Japan, hence you can encounter a total of four different variants of this lens - AE manufactured in Germany, MM manufactured in Germany, AE manufactured in Japan and MM manufactured in Japan.
The optical construction of the lens consists of 8 elements in 7 groups - nothing particularly fancy. The build quality is simply outstanding - the barrel is all metal and both focusing and aperture rings are fully rubberized for comfortable grip. The focusing ring is well-damped and the aperture ring snaps into positions with a satisfying click. The lens is pretty light and compact, weighing 360g (12.7oz) and measuring 6.25 x 5.6cm (2.4 x 2.2in). The inner cam of the lens actually extends slightly during focusing towards closeup, and thus makes the lens slightly longer when fully extended. Fortunately, the front element does not rotate, thus allowing attaching circular polarizers to the front thread. The lens accepts 55mm screw-in type filters and has the minimum focusing distance of 25cm (10in). The minimum supported aperture is f/22 (the aperture ring moves in one full f-stop increments).
|Lens Composition||8 elements, 7 groups|
|Angular Field||80 degrees|
|Minimum Focus||0.25m (10 in)|
|Diaphragm Action||MM fully automatic|
|F stop scale||f2.8-4-5.6-8-11-16-22|
|Filter connection||Screw-in type|
|Lens Hood||55mm G-12 soft hood, screw-in type (filter can not be used with the hood); No I metal hood(with 55/86 ring), screw in type #55/86 ring is used as a hood when filter is used|
|Weight||360 grams (12.7 oz)|
|Lens Size||62.5x56mm (2-7/16x2-3/16 in)|
|Lens Cap||55mm K-51, snap type|
Product ($799) SN: ***6013
Condition: Like New (LN)
Warranty: 2 weeks shop warranty, covering manufactural defects
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