Zeiss Distagon T* 35mm f/1.4 ZF.2 Review

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Zeiss Distagon T* 35mm f/1.4 ZF.2 Review4.0714285714286Nasim Mansurov2013-07-22 18:55:26This is an in-depth review of the Zeiss Distagon T* 35mm f/1.4 ZF.2 manual focus prime lens for the Nikon mounthttp://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-nd/3.0/

Reader Comments

  1. 1
    ) John

    Excellent review as always Nasim!

    How do you take such beautiful pictures? I love the image of the bridge, the bench and the image at the museum is also phenomenal!

    • Thank you for your feedback John! The bridge image is taken in San Francisco at sunrise. Unfortunately, I did not have any filters with me to blur the water more, so I had to increase my f/stop. If I had an ND filter with me or if the water was a little more wavy, I would have gotten a better shot for sure…

  2. 2
    ) Gabriel

    Hi, i bought it too.. can u give us pictures that show a field curvature please?
    thank u

    • Let me see if I can find a way to actually show this in some images. I will take a look at chart photos and then some shots at infinity later tonight. As for field curvature, take a look at this article.

      • 7
        ) Gabriel

        Thank u so much Nasim

        • Gabriel, I apologize that it took me so long to get back to you – been busy with other reviews this past week. I updated the page 3 of this review with examples that clearly show field curvature issues from the center, mid-frame and corners of the frame. I hope that you will find this detailed study helpful. I also attached a visual graph that represents field curvature @ f/2.8, which clearly shows the “cone-shaped” form of curvature, using 144 areas of an image. Took me forever to run that one, but I think it looks pretty good :)

          • 10
            ) gabriele

            Thank you very much for the new graphics, I find it very difficult to understand if my goal is affected by forward or backward field curvature. seems to be ok close, and a little ‘less far .. but maybe I’m wrong to do the test.
            thanks again

      • 8
        ) gabriel

        Just couse i want to learn how and what shot to see clear field curvature..

  3. 3
    ) Ankur

    Nasim, great review there!

    Not quite sure about the optical performance considering the $$/value ratio! Almost sounds like, even with its uncanny bokeh and slight front/back focus throw of Sigma 35 f/1.4 – it’s possibly the best value for money overall.

    • Yup, the Sigma 35mm f/1.4 is a much better value for sure, which is why I gave this lens a “3″ for value.

  4. 11
    ) Julián

    Hello,
    I was always curious about a good review from this lens, and finally I found it. Thanks a lot Nasim.
    Br

  5. 12
    ) preston

    Wow, wasn’t expecting it to look worse than competitors in the bokeh comparison! I’m not a bokeh nut by any stretch, but having halos around out of focus circles is very distracting in actual photos.

  6. 13
    ) gabriel

    On the field I find it not suitable for portraits, it’s too sharp, and the focus is very difficult, almost impossible not to make mistakes at f1.4. You have to use the preview button. I have to install a katzeye and a magnifying eyepiece, but it does not change much, it is a design flaw of optics suffering from LOCA. It ‘a pity

  7. 14
    ) Rick

    I would like to see a 35mm f/2D review, please!!!!
    It’s the most affordable 35mm prime , since not all readers can afford a 1.4 lens!!

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