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New Zeiss Loxia 25mm f/2.4 Distagon

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Zeiss Loxia 25mm f/2.4 Distagon

In Guide to Mirrorless, my review of the Zeiss Loxia 25mm f/2.4 is in progress. I’ll be shooting it a lot in the field in the coming weeks.

The about $1299 Zeiss Loxia 25mm f/2.4 Distagon debuts in February 2018 for the full-frame Sony A7 series. As an all-new Distagon design, it is ray angle friendly and optimized for Sony digital sensors.

  • E-Mount Lens/Full-Frame Format
  • Aperture Range: f/2.4 to f/22
  • Distagon Optical Design
  • 2 Anomalous Partial Dispersion Elements
  • 1 Aspherical element
  • Zeiss T* Anti-Reflective Coating
  • Manual Focus Design
  • Manual Aperture Can Be De-Clicked
  • All-Metal Barrel, Engraved Scales
  • Weather-Resistant Lens Mount Gasket

In the field, I’ve been very impressed with the optical performance.

MTF of the Zeiss Loxia 25mm f/2.4 is world-class and (for context) far exceeds lenses that of the Leica 24mm f/1.4 Summilux-M ASPH and with a much flatter field; it is similar to the MTF of the Leica 24mm f/3.8 Elmar-M ASPH only a bit better, at more than a stop faster.

Along with its Loxia 21mm f/2.8, Loxia 35mm f/2, Loxia 50mm f/2 and Loxia 85mm f/2.4 siblings, a very compact travel kit takes minimal room compared to DSLR solutions or mirrorless zooms of similar speed. I would call such a kit the ideal hiker’s photography kit (along with the Sony A7R III).

Specifications for Zeiss Loxia 85mm f/2.4 Sonnar
Focal length: 25mm
Aperture scale: f/2.4 - f/22
Number of lens elements/groups 10 elements in 8 groups
Lens diaphragm: 10 blades, straight-edged
(makes pronounced diffraction stars)
Angular field (diag./horiz./vert.) 81.25° / 70.93° / 50.49°
Focusing range: 25 cm / 9.84 inches - inf
Free working distance at MOD: 16.3 cm / 6.42 inches
Flange focal distance: 18 mm = 0.71 in
Coverage at close range (MOD): 231.1 x 154.1 mm = 9.10 x 6.07 in
Image ratio at MOD: 1:6.4
Rotation angle of focusing (focus throw): 90°
Entrance pupil position, in front of image plane: 64.5mm = 2.54 in
Diameter of image field 43.3mm
Flange focal distance: 18.0mm
Filter thread 52mm
Weight: 393g = .987 lb
Length : 74.5 mm = 2.93 in without lens caps
87.6 mm = 3.45 in with lens caps
Diameter max 62.0 mm = 2.44 in
List price: about $TBD
Zeiss Loxia 25mm f/2.4 Distagon

The New ZEISS Loxia 2.4/25 – Flexibility for Photography On-the-Go

With this compact wide-angle lens, ZEISS is adding a new focal length of modest proportions to its Loxia lens family.

OBERKOCHEN, 14 February 2018

With the ZEISS Loxia 2.4/25 compact wide-angle lens, ZEISS is adding a new focal length to its lens family that will benefit both landscape and architectural photographers: "High resolution across the entire image as well as low distortion ensure the perfect result," says Product Manager Christophe Casenave. "The compact lens delivers great images thanks to the new optical design." The ZEISS Loxia 2.4/25 also features high-quality mechanical parts, and the durable metal housing makes this a reliable lens for photographers on the road.

The right companion for years to come

Small, robust and versatile: the lenses in the ZEISS Loxia family for mirrorless cameras in the Sony Alpha series are particularly well-suited for street and travel photographers who love being inconspicuous as they capture special moments in cities and in nature without carrying around a lot of equipment.

The compact design of the ZEISS Loxia lenses has been specially developed for the mirrorless full-frame Sony E-mount cameras. Used in tandem, the lens and camera enable filmmakers and photographers to achieve a high-quality result, while the equipment's modest dimensions ensure users always have whatever they need with them.

"This is a significant advantage for anyone who wants to blend into the background and is also on the road a lot," says Product Manager Casenave. The all-round talent from the ZEISS Loxia family is also great for filming.

Bringing creativity to life through precise, manual focusing

Traditional photography and cutting-edge technology all in one: with the ZEISS Loxia 2.4/25, photographers can let their artistic creativity run free. "A steady hand and the manual focusing means users achieve impressive results," says Casenave.

The electronic interface for the ZEISS Loxia 2.4/25 transfers both lens data and focus movements to the Sony camera and then activates the focus peaking or the zoom function. Demanding photographers can achieve a wide range of creative possibilities thanks to precise, manual focusing, including a retro look and feel.

Precise and sophisticated – the ZEISS Loxia lens family featuring five focal lengths between 21 and 85 millimeters gives users a large number of creative possibilities when taking photographs . Page 1 or filming because of its technical refinement, linking traditional photography with modern technology.

A strong all-rounder for taking photographs and filming

The ZEISS Loxia family comprises five lenses with focal lengths between 21 and 85 millimeters. The lenses with manual focusing are all compact, durable and do not draw too much attention. With these lightweight companions, photographers and filmmakers have the necessary equipment and flexibility they need while on the road.

The ZEISS Loxia lenses along with all the accessories have the same diameter and enable users to quickly and easily switch between different focal lengths during a shoot. The lenses offer the optimum foundation for capturing photographs and filming, both individually and as a set. These strong all-round talents excel at a wide range of uses.

Price and availability

The ZEISS Loxia 2.4/25 will be available at the ZEISS Webshop and at dealers from March 2018. The price of the new ZEISS Loxia 2.4/25 is €1,299 (incl. German VAT) or $1,299 US (excl. local taxes). The lens hood is included. Filmmakers can look forward to a special offer on a set comprising all five ZEISS Loxia focal lengths ranging from 21 to 85 millimeters.

For more information, please visit https://www.zeiss.com/photo/loxia2425

Zeiss Loxia lens line
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