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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|
|Focal Length||35 mm|
|Camera Mount Type||M-mount|
|Minimum Focus Distance||2.30' (0.7 m)|
|Diagonal Angle of View||62.15°|
|Format Compatibility||35mm Film / Full-Frame Digital Sensor|
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.
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.
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.
I've used this lens for about a month shooting up and down the coast of central California. This lens is extraordinary. It is highly resolving and sharp with zero vignetting, even at f1.4. Shot wide open the lens has a gorgeous band of sharpness and bokeh galore.