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Reviews and Problems with Carl Zeiss Distagon T* 35mm f/2.0

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Carl Zeiss 35mm f/2 Distagon T* 2/35 review by Airy

Airy, slrgear.com
8 April 2015
  • Summary: A very high contrast lens. My best performer so far for shooting against the light: flare is very well controlled, there is nearly no loss of contrast, and what gets lost can be recovered in post-processing. Night shots are good too, as coma is not outrageous.
  • Pros: Sharp, crisp rendering, excellent against the light
  • Cons: nothing important
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Carl Zeiss 35mm f/2 Distagon T* 2/35 review by telecommuter

telecommuter, slrgear.com
3 October 2011
  • Summary: This is another example of how lenses can differ...that is, I previously shot thousands of shots with the "L" series 35mm/f1.4 Canon lens and loved it. After shooting with this I sold the Canon. This lens is different in how it renders color and handles contrast.
  • Pros: build quality, color rendition, transition from focus to out of focus
  • Cons: slight amount of vignetting on my FF body
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Carl Zeiss 35mm f/2 Distagon T* 2/35 review by sako

sako, slrgear.com
29 October 2010
  • Summary: The SLRgear review of this lens says that it has a polycarbonate focusing ring. Well, they must have a one off because mine is metal and so is a friends. Easy to prove by tapping it with a metal object or handling it in freezing cold weather when it's necessary to wear gloves when using this and the...
  • Pros: Beautiful color, sharp, extremely well made, butter smooth focus.
  • Cons: A little vignetting wide open on full frame but easily fixed in post processing.
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Carl Zeiss 35mm f/2 Distagon T* 2/35 review by edwardkaraa

edwardkaraa, slrgear.com
20 August 2010
  • Summary: Corners not perfect at infinity but all the rest is great!
  • Pros: Extremely sharp at all focusing distances and apertures.
  • Cons: CA and vignetting quite elevated but not problematic.
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Carl Zeiss 35mm f/2 Distagon T* 2/35 review by Bazelmans

Bazelmans, slrgear.com
7 August 2010
  • Summary: I use this lens on a D700. * Contrast is unbelievable, resulting in crystal clear pictures with brilliant colours. * Lens is also extremely sharp from corner to corner throughout the entire aperture range.
  • Pros: Contrast, sharpness, bokeh, flare, construction
  • Cons: vignetting, manual focus, slight distorsion
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Carl Zeiss 35mm f/2 Distagon T* 2/35 review by Dick England

Dick England, slrgear.com
6 July 2010
  • Summary: A few comments from someone wondering whether to get the CZ 35f2 while the Euro is low. Lateral CA at f8 is a real headache. I'm not worried about the purple longitudinal CA in the f2 files. The VFA charts here show almost as good corner resolution at f2 compared with (disappointing?
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  • Cons: A few comments from someone wondering whether to get the CZ 35f2 while the Euro is low. Lateral CA at f8 is a real headache. I'm not worried about the purple longitudinal CA in the f2 files.
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Carl Zeiss 35mm f/2 Distagon T* 2/35 review by Gandalf

Gandalf, slrgear.com
5 February 2009
  • Summary: I bougth it used, but it is perfect (if you wonder about the price - lenses are very expensive in Denmark). It is sharp with very fine details and I love the special colors Zeiss gives.
  • Pros: Sharp, fine detalis, and the special Zeiss-look (the colors)
  • Cons: Manual focus
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