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|Weight||13.4 oz (381 g)|
|Dimensions (Diam. x L)||2.49 x 2.57" (6.32 x 6.53 cm)|
|Filter Thread||49 mm|
|Format Compatibility||35mm Film / Full-Frame Digital Sensor|
|Diagonal Angle of View||62.15°|
|Minimum Focus Distance||2.30' (0.7 m)|
|Focal Length||35 mm|
|Camera Mount Type||M-mount|
Its hard to mention anything revelatory given how well reviewed this lens is, so apologies it you've heard it all before. It is an excellent lens, perhaps the sharpest one I own at present with a subtly different character from modern Leica offerings.
This lens is about as good as it gets for a fast 35mm. I have the Voigtlander 35/1.2 II as well, and this completely blows it out of the water. Incredibly sharp wide open, and gets increasingly sharp stopped down.
I bought this lens to use on a Leica M10, as I couldn't justify paying for Leica glass. Even at $2,290 this Zeiss lens is a bargain compared to the Leica Summilux.This is a great lens. Build quality is excellent and the focus & aperture rings feel just right.
Fantastic lens for all around use. Razor sharp with wonderful bokeh.
The quality and performance of this lens hands down beats the Leica Summilux 35mm F/1.4 ASPH lens at less than half the price of the Leica.
Being a 35mm FOV junkie, I've owned the much vaunted V4 35 Summicron, 35 ASPH Cron and a 35/2.8 Summaron. Last year I rented the Zeiss 35/2.8 C-Biogon. It's a stunning lens, light and inexpensive. A no-brainer if you can live with a slower 35. It's better than the Leica ASPH Cron.
Very sharp, very contrasty, perfectly smooth bokeh, even for a 35mm. The build feels pretty much perfect, and focusing is precise. It's a big lens on a rangefinder, but the performance more than makes up for it. It is as good on film as it is on the M 240.
Zeiss makes several excellent rangefinder lenses, and the new Distagon is no exception.The Distagon ZM is incredibly sharp, even wide open. Color rending is superb, and micro-contrast is fantastic. Subjectively I would say this lens has that 'Zeiss' look: punchy colors and a bit higher contrast.
I had the privilege of testing this lens for several days at last year's Photo Plus Expo in New York City courtesy of Carl Zeiss itself. I was able to test it using Kodak TMAX 100 and TMAX 400 film on several Leica M rangefinder cameras and the results were nothing short but spectacular.
Zeiss set out to best the Leica Summilux 35/1.4 ASPH FLE lens. Whil I can't compare the two, the 35mm f/1.4 Distagon T* ZM Lens is truly excellent, if a little on the long side for a rangefinder 35mm.