Reviews and Problems with Carl Zeiss Distagon T* 2/35 ZE
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Canon is sharper
John, B&H Photo
27 June 2014
Excerpt: The Canon 35 f2 IS is definitely sharper than this lens, which I returned. Sharper at all useful apertures. Bryan's expert testing at The Digital Picture clearly confrims this. In the corners at f4 it's not even close. Why spend twice as much on a lens that is less sharp and has no AF. The Zeiss does have beautiful color, contrast, and separation, but just because it's Zeiss doesn't mean it's better. Canon and Sigma both have new offerings that best many Zeiss lenses.
Pros: Consistent Output, Durable, Nice Bokeh, Rugged, Strong Construction
Excerpt: This is a great lens for environmental portraiture, landscapes, scenery, and indoor/outdoor low light photography. The color saturation and perceived separation between objects at varying distances is outstanding. I need to do considerably less editing post-shoot with this lens than with any of my Canons.
Pros: Consistent Output, Durable, Lightweight, Nice Bokeh, Strong Construction
Summary: I've had this lens for quite some time now and I have used it in the city and in remote wilderness areas. I even use it regularly to photograph my 3 year old twins who can't stand still for one second. This is the most versatile manual focus prime you will own. If you are thinking about getting your first Zeiss lens, it should be this one. You will not regret purchasing this lens. It is superb.
Excerpt: I bought this along with the 100mm f2 Makro ZE as my standard take everywhere pair of lenses along with my EOS6D.Extremely sharp, beautiful color and bokeh. Why use Canon glass when these are available?Manual focus feels good after years of autofocus, feel like a real photographer again!
Summary: I had read much about the Cosina//Zeiss lens line and was prepared to be skeptical. I bought the 35 f2 Distagon and was going to give it a try, and sell it if unhappy. All I can say now, with certainty, is the lens is a keeper. I have used three different camera SLR type systems over 20 years, as well as medium format cameras.
Excerpt: I picked this lens up after selling my Canon 24-70 f/2.8L and I couldn't be happier with it. It's sharp, the color and contrast are beautiful, the focus ring is smooth and has great resistance (but not stiff), and it has that much loved '3D' effect that I've only seen with Zeiss lenses. Worth every penny!
Pros: Consistent Output, Durable, Fast / accurate auto-focus, Strong Construction
Excerpt: Great lens, a bit heavy but I honestly prefer it that way. I use it mostly for film on a Canon 5D mark ii and when you compare the lens with a 35mm Canon, the difference is obvious - the image quality is incredible, whenever people see the footage they don't think it's from a 5D. A camera is nothing without a good piece of glass, and this lens proves that.It's a bit pricey but well worth it, and you don't get the wobble that happens with the low-end lenses.
Pros: Consistent Output, Durable, Easily Interchangeable, Fast / accurate auto-focus, Rugged, Strong Construction