Reviews and Problems with Carl Zeiss Distagon T* 2/35 ZF.2
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Brian S, B&H Photo
2 weeks ago
Excerpt: I've tried three 35mm primes for my Nikon FF cameras ... Nikkor 35mm f/1.4, Samyang 35mm f/1.4 and Sigma 35mm f/1.4 Art series. They are all great lenses, great performers. All three are tack sharp and producing beautiful bokeh but I dumped all of them for this one. The Zeiss Distagon 35/2 is one of those lenses you just want to keep. This thing is sharp at f/2 (I mean really sharp). Sharper than Nikon, Samyang and Sigma wide open.
Pros: Consistent Output, Durable, Easily Interchangeable, Nice Bokeh, Strong Construction
Excerpt: Five of them stars. You can do all the reading you want on the internet. You can listen to the pixel peepers saying 'this lens...' or 'that lens...' . Until you have one of these in your hands, you won't appreciate what this Zeiss lens represents. Yeah, I use a manual focus lens...on my Df and my F3hp. So, what. It fits. The lens has great character. You end up with some CA is certain instances, but it's easy to get rid of in light room.
Pros: Character, Consistent Output, Durable, Nice Bokeh, Rugged, Strong Construction
Summary: For 15 years I've wondered about a Zeiss manual focus for my various Nikon cameras. This is the least expensive, but it has proved outstanding with my D800. It's ability to capture colour/contrast is outstanding. I could not be more pleased! I'm going to save for the 55mm f1.3!!!!
Excerpt: I looked long and hard for a great 35mm lens. It's one of my favorite focal lengths and I wanted a good one for my documentary work, which also involves quite a bit of landscape-type shooting.I wanted a lens that was relatively compact and very sharp even on my demanding D800E, but the overall look of the photographs was really the most important thing.This Zeiss is very sharp in the center even at f/2.
Pros: Consistent Output, Durable, Great Contrast and Color, Nice Bokeh, Rugged, Strong Construction, Very Sharp
Excerpt: Once you buy a Zeiss lens you quickly use it to measure all other lenses. Lenses purchased after the zeiss will be looked at as, pretty good but it's no Zeiss. This lens produces nice punchy saturated colors and very contrasty. I heavily post process my images however when I upload the images taken with this lens I try to process them but keep coming back to the original shot. It looks great right out of the camera.
Pros: Consistent Output, Durable, Strong Construction
Summary: This Distagon have a good build quality as others CZ lenses. Its a little wider than standart 50mm lenses, and its much better for myself now, after using him for two mounth. But Distagon have little perspective, and straight vertical lines have little angle at the borderes of frame, bit its not high and critical. Quality of pictures and especially colors much interesting than from Nikon lenses, for me. Its metal body give fantastic feelings of handling.
Excerpt: I have been using and have been satisfied with the Zeiss Distagon T* 21mm F/2.8 ZF.2 on a Nikon D800. It has the standard Zeiss characteristics: sharp, good color, good micro contrast. I might mention that the chip on the 28mm failed so I'm now using its replacement under warranty. I wanted a lens with the same qualities but a narrower angle of view. The Distagon T* 35mm F/2.0 ZF.2 did not disappoint. My main interest in this lens is street photography.
Excerpt: I purchased this lens so that I would own one lens without autofocus. I wanted to have the positive control than manual focus affords you, and I didn't have any qualms about MF since that's what I used for years with my first 35mm cameras. After a few months of use, I have to say manual focus is harder when you don't have an aid such as a split-prism in the viewfinder. So you need to take your time. As such this lens is not the tool for fast-moving subjects.
Summary: For years I had used a 35mm lens as my "normal" lens, not the usual 50mm lens. I used a Leica 35mm f/2.8 on a Leica R6 film SLR. When I bought this lens, I was looking to duplicate that great Leica build quality and optical performance on my Nikon DSLR. I prefer using good prime lenses in lieu of kit zoom lenses, even though kit lenses these days have good optics. I wanted to have that assurance of Leica quality, but hooked up to digital capture, not film. I got my wish.
Excerpt: best 35mm i ever used after the new Leica summilux 1.4 aspherical. outresolves my D800E sensor across the board, even wide open. Has some distortion (barrel) so not very good for architecture, but for the rest its a top notch lens. the zeiss micro contrast is there, and so is this 3D idea with very nice bokeh. highly recommended for Nikon if you can live with manual focus. and compared to the Leica its really a bargain...
Pros: Consistent Output, Nice Bokeh, Strong Construction