Reviews and Problems with Carl Zeiss Distagon T* 1,4/35 ZE
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Only the contrast and quality a Zeiss lens can give
Marcelo Villegas Bilbao La Vieja, Amazon
15 March 2014
Summary: Best 35mm 1,4 lens I've used in quite a while! Feels super sturdy, beautiful skin tones, great contrast and so far seems to be working on 2.5k and 4k BM cameras (as far as detail goes) The only problem is that once you start filming with Carl Zeiss lens you want them all
Summary: This is a rock star lens - I want to be clear up front on that, hence the five stars. But it isn't perfect. After using mine for 6 months on my D800E I have a solid grasp on its pros and cons, and to sum up: if you want a pro level f/1.4 35mm with Zeiss colors and micro contrast, and don't mind manual focus, this is the lens for you.
Excerpt: ZEISS has a reputation for its glass and lives up to it<br />Excellent glass and construction <br />Only downfall in the lens package is the different front sizes<br />Must use step ups to use same filters
Pros: Consistent Output, Durable, Nice Bokeh, Strong Construction
Carl Zeiss 35mm f/1.4 Distagon T* 1.4/35 review by Momiziano
3 February 2013
Summary: This is one of my favourite gear, has a colour rendition simply astonishing!! I shoot 3/4 of time at 1.4 and there's a very very good detail in the focused area with an extremely pleasant bokeh.. The gear is made with the high zeiss-cosina standard glass and brass, the focus ring is fantastic. Some CA at 1.4.
Summary: I already had the ZF f2 35mm lens when I purchase this because I wanted a faster lens. However I quickly found that it had a great deal of longitudinal ( axial) CA at the widest apertures. This is green and magenta fringing on high contrast edges just before and after the focus point. If you are shooting stills I understand you can filter it out, but as I shoot video I can't. As I wanted this specifically for the widest f1.4 setting I sent it back.
Excerpt: I love Canon L lenses but for lens under 100mm Zeiss is my choice. Manuel focus on my 5Diii is fast and accurate,focus confirmation works very good with the 5D iii. Colors,contrast and sharpness are excellent straight out of camera. Build quality is as good as it gets<br />I also have a Zeiss 50mm macro but find it not as great for macro and a bit difficult to focus in low light,otherwise it too makes great photos
Pros: Consistent Output, Nice Bokeh, Rugged, Strong Construction
Excerpt: Excellent lens but not without its draw backs. It very big and like the contax predecessor can be a challenge to focus accurately. That said, the results are worth getting used to manual focus. Simply stunning.
Pros: 3D rendering, Bokeh, Micro-contrast, Zeiss colors
Summary: I've used lots of cameras and lots of lenses but this lens is by far one of the finest lenses I've ever used. This beats all the canon L glass by a long shot. If I don't absolutely need auto-focus or an extra long telephoto I shoot with Zeiss. I'm not going to insult anyone by going into too much detail, if you're seriously considering purchasing this lens you probably know what you're getting into.
Carl Zeiss 35mm f/1.4 Distagon T* 1.4/35 review by Gregg
31 January 2012
Summary: I just got this lens. (01/30/2012) It's an unbelievable piece of glass. The Zeiss coating is just different than others. I can't explain what it is but this lens renders images beautifully. Contrast, colors, sharpness etc. etc. are all top notch. I simply love this lens despite the fact it's a manual focus lens. Zeiss website shows movies on how to deal with that (if you're not familiar with manual focusing) and how/where to get focusing screens for your camera.