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Carl Zeiss Distagon T* 2/35

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#1 Dallas


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Posted 07 January 2009 - 05:34

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Posted 13 March 2009 - 17:48

One of the best 35/2 lenses ever made for FX.  Have only shot on D3.  'Sharp' at distance, and close up.  Has the evenness of rendition of the Leica-R 35/2, but higher contrast(as one would expect from Z).  Only down spot:  Barrel distortion becomes pronounced when focused close(<2m, etc)---similar in this respect to the old Nikon 35/1.4.

Update:  My ZF 35/2 has successfully made the transition to the D800/E.  No complaints.  I can count the individual, clearly defined grains of medium-fine sand in a shot made from 14 inches away.

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Posted 21 July 2009 - 12:45

Tried it this weekend and I must say I'm impressed. It really is sharp and I like colors very much.
It surely can be named 'Best in it's own class' along with 21mm, 50/2 and 100/2 Zeiss lenses.

It is visibly better than mine 35/2 AF-D, but I haven't tried neither Nikkor 35/2 AiS nor 35/1.4, both are known as excellent lenses too.

And yes - it's not compact or lightweight, pack of ZF primes is not something you wanna carry with you too often.

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Posted 27 July 2009 - 05:24

I purchased one last year and foolishly sold it last winter.  Had the opportunity to pick up a Nikon 35 f/1.8 AFS G and made a number of shots with it. It's a nice lens but then I started to look back into my LR database and compare those images to the Zeiss 35/2.  Nice as the new Nikkor is the Zeiss is better...  Long    story short.  I picked up another Zeiss 35/2 ZF and this one is not going to go away!

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Posted 02 October 2009 - 19:06

One of the first shots - lousy light - but sharpness is not lacking even if the image is not memorable.  Just removed the keystoning and nudged the color up notch in PS.

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Posted 02 October 2009 - 19:43

It's an excellent lens, always in my bag and my favourite walkabout. Sharp, good close focus,very pleasant bokeh and butter-smooth throw.  Some examples below and plenty more at http://www.pbase.com/charliepackard

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Posted 02 October 2009 - 20:27

Excellent lens indeed.
D3, 1/15 sec, f/5.6, ISO 800, handheld.

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Posted 03 October 2009 - 00:09

ISO 400; 1/1000 @ f/2.8

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Posted 16 October 2009 - 04:00

I owned this lens for a few months earlier this year.  I was disappointed with it.  I used it on my D300.  Others have told me that this lens just does not like that body.  I found the colors a little too dull for my tastes.  And the worst thing was the horrible purple fringing at high contrast edges when shot at F/2 or even F/2.8 (Yes I know it's not an APO lens, but I still expected more from a prime Zeiss lens).  Anyway, I sold it.  Now I'm shooting the Voigtlander SL II lenses, and like them better.     

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Posted 28 October 2009 - 21:03

Still learning, crappy weather, overcast but the lens seems quite sharp.
Still learning to squeeze my fingers onto the aperture ring.

Anyone know an after-market clamp-on ring for the aperture ring?

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Posted 09 March 2010 - 17:35

I recently bought one, and it's everything I ever wanted a 35 mm lens to be, except for the weight. Every picture just "pops" in a way I've never got with any Nikkor. Sharp, contrasty and with very decent bokeh for a fast 35.
But it's not perfect. There's some serious CA in the extreme corners and a bit of barrel distortion. Also, at wide apertures there's color shifting towards the corners. Like some sort of vignetting. But I don't mind when everything else is top notch.

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Posted 10 March 2010 - 00:00

like all Z lenses ...dreamy glass 4sure 8)

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Posted 05 July 2010 - 22:48

A must "walkabout" lens! We have acquired two of them.  We have used it on the D3, D3X, D2X, D2Xs, D700 and D3s..... FX and DX - it will not disappoint.    My only issue has nothing to do with the lens....its' my eyes, manual focus is harder to do in lower light situations for me.

#15 Fons Baerken

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Posted 15 September 2010 - 14:32

Got my hands on a mint one,

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D700 and all wide open at f2, not easy to focus at f2  better stop down,
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#16 Luc de Schepper

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Posted 28 September 2010 - 21:05

I tried this lens at Photokina. This shot of another visitor had to be done very fast otherwise the girl would have noticed. I was pleasantly surprised how easy it was to focus this lens on the D300s, which was fitted with a KatzEye screen.

This lens is really very sharp wide open at f2!

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#17 Marco Handgraaf

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Posted 10 October 2010 - 22:17

I bought this one last Monday and took it with me for a quick round in town.

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Posted 11 October 2010 - 05:13

One of the best lens on D3X: lot o clarity, micro-contrast, give a 3D look to images, nice color rendition. Easy to focus (MF)


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Posted 24 January 2011 - 19:10

Last week on the F4s:

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Posted 25 January 2011 - 01:29

all shot at wide open

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