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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 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. I use it for landscapes and stopped to 4.5 or so it is tack-sharp across my FF body. It is sufficiently sharp wide open, however, to use in very low light.
  • 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 other Zeiss lenses. A beautiful lens at a bargain price.
  • 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. My impression is that the sharpness is constantly limited by the 12 million pixels of my D700's sensor. * Beautiful bokeh too. I love to shoot at the f/2.4 - f/3.3 range. * Vignetting is significant wide open on a FX camera. It drops when stopping down.
  • 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?) f8 performance on both on the D200 and the D3X. I have tried correcting the lateral CA in the D200 f8 files of the VFA charts with PTLens and RawTherapee which seem to work in the same way.
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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. It is not totally ghost/flare- free, but better than many others ( I am "a flare/ghost hater", even I do know how to work around it, I would better use my energy on other things, than working with that problem, and I think most photographers will say, that it is very, very fine in this...
  • Pros: Sharp, fine detalis, and the special Zeiss-look (the colors)
  • Cons: Manual focus
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