Reviews and Problems with Carl Zeiss Distagon T* 1,4/35 ZE
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12 October 2014
Summary: It's not a cheap lens, but I can say without hesitation this is one of the best lenses I've used - in this price range of lenses of corse. I have nearly the entire set of zeiess distagon lenses. The 50mm 1.4 is very soft at 1.4-1.8, the 85mm 1.4 is soft at 1.4-1.8, the 35mm 1.4 is crisp at 1.4. It's amazing! It's the best low light lens I've used. Also the charity on the entire line is amazing for the cost.
Excerpt: This is my second CZ lens. I bought the 50mm f1.4 first and fell in love with it immediately. This one has me convinced to go buy a couple more : -)I use these on my 5D Mk II for both still photography and video. The damped focus rings are absolutely stunning and incredibly precise. Yes this is heavy, yes it is tough to get focus perfect on a moving subject at f1.4. But wow what contrast and sharpness and bokeh!
Pros: Consistent Output, Durable, Easily Interchangeable, Fast / accurate auto-focus, Nice Bokeh, Rugged, Strong Construction
Excerpt: i am not a professional photographer. i have been using the canon mk III with a canon L glass for some years and this is my first Zeiss lens. i took this to Tucson Arizona and was excited and delighted to see how beautiful these Zeiss images were my first time out. for beginners be aware this lens meters vary well but there is no autofocus and it takes a little time to get used to this.
Pros: Consistent Output, Durable, Nice Bokeh, Rugged, Strong Construction
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: I rented this lens and spent several days field testing it on my Nikon D800. It has the legendary Zeiss build quality and is capable of producing sharp images with great color and contrast. The brokeh is very nice in a way that only Zeiss can render and the focus ring is precise in a way my Nikon lenses are not. The bad news comes in the form of excessive Purple fringing at high contrast boundaries at f/1.4. Please refer to the sample image.
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.