Zeiss Distagon T* 35mm f/2

Carl Zeiss Distagon T 35mm f/2

Lens Summary

Brand: Zeiss

Also Known As: Zeiss 35mm f/2

Lens Type: Prime Lens

Format: Full Frame / FX

Focus: Manual Focus

Lens Mount: Canon EF, Nikon F, Pentax K

Release Date: 2006-01-01

MSRP Price: $1117

Made in: Germany

Infrared Rating: Good

Production Status: In Production

Lens Description: The use of sharp contrast and soft focus guides our eyes to the areas that you want to highlight. With the Distagon T* 1,4/35, you can create enchanting images thanks to its unique combination of a wide angle of view with a shallow depth of field. It is a master of light and color at both ends of the spectrum. Precise when in focus, this lens also creates fascinating images as a result of its distinctive, harmonious bokeh in the out-of-focus areas. For creative, high quality images – even wide open.

Photography Life Review Summary: The Zeiss 35mm f/1.4 Distagon is a very sharp and beautiful lens to work with and it very closely rivals the excellent Nikon 35mm f/1.4G that has recently been announced by Nikon. I now understand why some photographers go so crazy about the Zeiss glass. After coming back from a trip to Utah, I discovered that I used the Zeiss more than any other 35mm lens I had with me, including the Nikon 35mm f/1.4G. I just did not want to take it off my camera! Besides a couple of small things (like vignetting wide open and 58mm filter thread), there is really not much to complain about – colors, contrast and sharpness are all superb. Read the full Zeiss Distagon T* 35mm f/2 Review by Photography Life.

Zeiss Distagon T* 35mm f/2 Specifications

Lens Specifications
Lens TypePrime Lens
Focal Length35mm
Mount TypeCanon EF, Nikon F, Pentax K
FormatFull Frame / FX
Compatible Format(s)35mm Film / Full-Frame Digital Sensor APS-C
Compatible with TeleconvertersNo
Maximum Reproduction Ratio1:5.26
Image StabilizationNo
Aperture Information
Aperture RingYes
Maximim Aperturef/2
Minimum Aperturef/22
Maximum Angle of View (Full frame or larger format)62°
Optical Information
Lens Elements9
Lens Groups7
Diaphragm Blades9 (rounded)
T* Anti-Reflective CoatingYes
Focus Information
FocusManual Focus
Built-in Focus MotorNo
Minimum Focus Distance0.30m
Distance InformationYes
Filter Information
Filter Size58mm
Accepts Filter TypeScrew-on
Physical Characteristics
Weather / Dust SealingYes
Mount MaterialMetal
Dimensions72 x 99mm
Other Information
Available in ColorsBlack

Lens Construction

Carl Zeiss Distagon T 35mm f/2 Diagram

MTF Chart

Carl Zeiss Distagon T 35mm f/2 MTF Chart

Sample Images

Zeiss 35mm Sample #4 Zeiss 35mm Sample #6

Zeiss 35mm Bokeh Sample Zeiss 35mm Sample #8

Zeiss 35mm Sample #9 Zeiss 35mm Sample #1


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Airy Magnien

High contrast and saturation of colors will spring to the eye. The Samyang 35/1.4 may be sharper (at f/1.4-f/2.0, compared to the Zeiss 35/2 at f/2.0), but with higher contrast, the Zeiss impressed me more when I compared both before buying (the Zeiss).

The 35/2 is my favourite for night shots, because it does not seem to flare when there are brilliant highlights inside or outside the field. Same for shooting against the light, e.g. pipe organs placed in front of a window in churches.