Zeiss Distagon T* 35mm f/2.0 ZF.2 Review

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This is an in-depth review of the manual focus Zeiss Distagon T* 35mm f/2.0 ZF.2, a second generation 35mm f/2 prime lens from Zeiss for Nikon and Canon mounts. The lens sample I tested was for the Nikon F mount, although you can get the same lens for the Canon EF mount. The Zeiss 35mm f/2.0 ZF.2 is a professional-grade fixed wide-angle lens targeted at enthusiasts and professionals that need high quality optics for different types of photography, including landscape, architecture, portrait and astrophotography. Similar to other Zeiss prime lenses, the lens is designed to work on both FX and DX sensor cameras (equivalent of approx 52.5mm on DX) and yields amazing clarity and contrast throughout the frame.

Zeiss Distagon T* 35mm f/2.0 ZF.2

The all-metal Zeiss 35mm has a very tough and high quality build and is sealed against dust and tough weather conditions. When compared to the latest generation Nikon AF-S lenses like Nikon 35mm f/1.4G with plastic exterior, it feels much more solid in hands – even the lens hood is made of metal. The focal length of 35mm is a good compromise between ultra-wide angle lenses and standard lenses. Thanks to the 9-blade diaphragm, the Zeiss Distagon 35mm f/2.0 ZF.2 renders background highlights in round, circular shapes, making it a good candidate for portraiture and street photography.

Zeiss 35mm Sample #10

In this review, I will provide a thorough analysis of the Zeiss Distagon T* 35mm f/2.0 ZF.2 lens, along with image samples and comparisons against Nikon 35mm f/1.4G and Nikon 35mm f/2.0D lenses.

1) Lens Specifications

Technical Specifications:

  1. Focal length: 35mm
  2. Tested Mount: Nikon
  3. Aperture range: f/2.0 – f/22 (1/2 steps)
  4. Focusing range: 0.3m – infinity
  5. Number of elements/groups: 9/7
  6. Angular field, diag./horiz./vert.: 62°/53°/37°
  7. Coverage at close range: 19 x 13cm
  8. Filter thread: 58mm
  9. Dimensions (with caps): 64mm x 97mm
  10. Weight: 530g
  11. Camera mounts: EF Mount (ZE), F Mount (ZF.2)

Detailed specifications for the lens, along with MTF charts and other useful data can be found in our lens database.

Zeiss 35mm Sample #1

Zeiss Distagon T* 35mm f/2.0 ZF.2 Review4.4285714285714Nasim Mansurov2011-05-04 13:31:29This is an in-depth review of the Carl Zeiss 35mm f/2 ZF.2 professional manual focus prime lens for Nikon F mount DSLR camerashttp://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-nd/3.0/
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