Summary: This is my latest Zeiss purchase and it nicely rounds out my Zeiss lineup (25, 50 and 85mm). Of these, it most closely resembles the 25mm f/2. Like the 25mm, this lens is sharp and crisp wide open, making manual focus easier than the 1.4 lenses. The in-focus details have plenty of bite, and the out-of-focus areas have nicely diffused bokeh. You can certainly use it wide open and get a nice image. However, it does have some optical issues that users should be aware of.
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.
Summary: Let us say that I am just spoiled by fast auto USM focusing lenses and tack sharp images, but it is not so, I have a few manual lenses that do not even have a chip to confirm focusing and I have gotten sharper images than what I get with this lens confirmation (beep).It is sharp, but not very sharp as some may claim. The only thing thats amazing about this lens is the color rendering and the ability to evaporate the background at 2.
Summary: Waoh, thats all i can say. Up to now my main lens has been the 50mm 1.8 canon. a decent but cheap little lens. Since i have got this,(about2weeksago) i have used nothing else. images are razor shape and have beautiful tones and depth. 2 weeks in and I'm already producing photos like these [...
solid lens with very nice color and sharp wide open
6 August 2011
Summary: Awesome lens! This lens is much better than my 35L. The color and contrast. You can really see the 3D. Very sharp wide open at f2. I use this on both my 7D and NEX-5 (with adapter). No regret!
Summary: I have now spent 5 months with this lens so I am pretty comfortable with it. This is the first lens (and I have gone through several, including Canon L lenses) that has exceeded my expectations. Yes, it is a manual focus lens so this is not a lens for everyone. I am using it on a Canon 50d and I have replaced the focus screen as well. I will say this, manual focusing is not that challenging.
Scott Tokar "Magician, Photographer, Author", Amazon
20 January 2011
Summary: I own a lot of Canon "L" glass for my 5D MkII and 1D Mk III, and I love Canon lenses for their optical performance and swift auto-focus... But... The Zeiss 35mm f/2 Distagon T* ZE is by far the most pleasing (and rewarding) lens in my bag. I started researching lens performance (beyond sharpness) when I discovered the magical rendition of "contrast" with Leica lenses... If you look at a Leica photograph there is something EXTRA to the way it sees the world.