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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|
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 am a professional Leica M photographer who specializes in wedding documentaries and street/travel photography. Hence 35mm and 50mm is my prefer focal length. I guess if you are reading this and looking into this lens, you may be interested in similar kind of photography genre.
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.