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Zeiss35mm F/1.4 Distagon T Lens for Canon EF
 
4.8

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96%

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Pros

  • Durable (20)
  • Nice bokeh (17)
  • Strong construction (16)
  • Rugged (15)
  • Consistent output (12)

Cons

  • Heavy (8)

Best Uses

  • Landscape/scenery (17)
  • Low light (17)
  • Video (11)
  • Weddings (11)
  • Night photography (8)
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Superb.

Everything you hear about this lens is true: Unbelievable build; compelling image quality; a little heavy and bulky for it's focal length (although not objectionably so); pricy; extremely high quality bokeh...Read complete review

Everything you hear about this lens is true: Unbelievable build; compelling image quality; a little heavy and bulky for it's focal length (although not objectionably so); pricy; extremely high quality bokeh and close focusing. Add it all up an you get a fantastic lens that produces stunning images. Wide open, you're treated with bokeh that has a distinctive smoothness which, to my eye, is very unlike the Canon L glass. At 1.4 it's slightly soft, but sharpens nicely. Stop it down to F8 or F11 and you get crystal clear, beautiful color rendering and contrast. Regardless of which end of the spectrum you use, corner sharpness is excellent, which has more of an impact than I expected.

You can read other reviews to find similar testimonials, but wanted to share this experience: Prior to purchasing, I rented this lens and thought about using a couple of the images taken with it in a local nature photo contest. When I lined up the 10 candidates for submission and asked friends to review, there was a consistent response: the two close up images of flowers that were taken with the Zeiss 35, folks would say they really liked this one or that -- "there is just something about it."

Couldn't agree more - there is unique, artful quality to images taken with this lens.

One note about hand-held manual focusing: took some time to get the hang of it using a Canon 5D MK2. Based on what others suggested, purchased the precision matte focusing screen (Eg-S). It's helps somewhat, but not a game changer. I would say more like training wheels - use that to develop your skills and technique, then you can go back to your normal screen - in my case the (Eg-D.) Despite what folks say about the Eg-S being "slightly darker" with 2.8 or slower lens, I've found it to be really dark with F4, so I needed to swap out. If you'll also be using lens slower than 2.8, I would suggest either borrowing a Eg-S, or purchase used. In hindsight, it's not worth purchasing a new screen for this.

On my Canon 1D MK IV, it's a much different story: focusing is super easy with the stock screen - far better than even the precision matte on the 5D. No need to fool around with screens on this camera.

One issue that isn't mentioned often is how fast this lens is. On a sunny day with a bright subject, shooting at F1.4 at ISO 100, you may run into the shutter speed warning of 8000 being overexposed. Not often, but something to be aware of. The flip side is you'll be amazed with how little light you'll be able to shoot in with lower ISO's which opens up a whole new world of opportunities.

What I don't like:

- The lens cap. Heavens, how can a company have such amazing engineering skills produce a lousy lens cap. You'll need to push the sides in while twisting to remove consistently. A maneuver that's impossible with the lens hood in place. The frustration was immediate and I replaced the lens cap within a few days. If you get this lens, buy a 3rd party cap up front and save yourself the aggravation.

- Lack of lens case: It's a disappointment that at this price point there is no lens case included. Guess they assume that you'll never want to remove the lens from your camera - there may be some truth to that, but still...

- Lens shade alignment: I have a hard time finding the white orientation dot on the lens shade to mount correctly. Others have commented they have mounted incorrectly and have not noticed until they are reviewing images with a strange vignetting pattern. Using a gray sharpie to place a small dot on the shades rear rim solved that.

- Warranty: I wish it would be more heavily promoted that you need to register the lens within the first 30 days to activate the complimentary extended warranty and that for service you need to work through through an authorized reseller - not directly with Zeiss.

Given the investment and the length of time you'll have this glass, I would recommend renting first, giving yourself a few extra days to work on the manual focus business, determine if this lens matches your style of shooting and the Zeiss "look" is to your liking.

My guess is you'll fall in love like I did and will be hitting the Add to Cart button in no time.

The 35 1.4 is my first Zeiss lens. Now that I've experienced Zeiss bokeh and image quality, it won't be my last.

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NOT WORTH THE $$$$

To all ppl whom are confused like me !! I was looking for a great landscape \ portrait lens with good contrast and details after a whole lot of research i decided to go...Read complete review

To all ppl whom are confused like me !! I was looking for a great landscape \ portrait lens with good contrast and details after a whole lot of research i decided to go with this [$] lens not many review out there !! i looked over and over trying to compare this lens with his rivals after deep research from b&h and other great websites i bought this lens !! shipping was great fast ! the built of this lens is like no other its like a tank good focusing easy i took this lens to a field test i currently own A canon 16-35mm mkii canon 5D mkiii I have no words to my disappointment from the lens compering it to the 16-35 there is so much purple fringing when its a bit over exposed the 16-35 its AMAZING there is only 1 thing on the far adges of the zeiss things like trees look more details but as far as contrest on the same setting the canon takes this madly expansive lens !!!!!!!!!!!! the fringing of the zeiss its horrible it kills the pix !! THE PIX ARE VERY CLEAR AND NICE BUT WHEN U COMPER THEM THERE IS NO DIFFRENT P.S WHEN U GO TO 5.6 OR UP NOT MUCH FRINGINGCANON 16-35 2.8 MKIIvs ZEISS 35 MM 1.4

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5.0

A true engineering marvel

By shashwat

from Pondicherry, India

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Pros

  • Consistent Output
  • Durable
  • Easily Interchangeable
  • Fast / accurate auto-focus
  • Nice Bokeh
  • Rugged
  • Strong Construction

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Indoors/Low Light
    • Landscape/Scenery
    • Night Photography
    • Video
    • Weddings/Events
    • Wildlife Photos

    Comments about Zeiss 35mm F/1.4 Distagon T Lens for Canon EF:

    This is my second CZ lens. I bought the 50mm f1.4 first and fell in love with it immediately. This one has me convinced to go buy a couple more :-)I use these on my 5D Mk II for both still photography and video. The damped focus rings are absolutely stunning and incredibly precise. Yes this is heavy, yes it is tough to get focus perfect on a moving subject at f1.4. But wow what contrast and sharpness and bokeh! Makes you fall in love with photography all over again.But the look isn't for everyone. The contrast is often a tad bit on the higher side. While OK for photography, for video work you really need to use a super flat profile to use these lenses effectively.One thing to pay attention to, more than in the case of the 50mm f1/4, this lens has some pretty strong chromatic aberration. Nothing that can't be fixed in post for photography. For video, a bit more tough.But the most irritating thing about this lens, is not even the lens, which is lovely, but the only two plastic parts that come with it. They just refuse to stay put... easy to lose them, they slide out even when resting in the bag.You were warned... :-)

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    5.0

    wonderful lens with a learning curve

    By Ansel

    from birmingham mi

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    Pros

    • Consistent Output
    • Durable
    • Nice Bokeh
    • Rugged
    • Strong Construction

    Cons

    • Heavy
    • Slow Focus

    Best Uses

    • Landscape/Scenery
    • Wildlife Photos

    Comments about Zeiss 35mm F/1.4 Distagon T Lens for Canon EF:

    i am not a professional photographer. i have been using the canon mk III with a canon L glass for some years and this is my first Zeiss lens. i took this to Tucson Arizona and was excited and delighted to see how beautiful these Zeiss images were my first time out. for beginners be aware this lens meters vary well but there is no autofocus and it takes a little time to get used to this. but there is both an audible signal and a reliable green light on the view screen when focus is established manually. i already own the canon fast 50 mmL or i would have bought the Zeiss 50mm. it is worth every penny but this is of course an expensive lens. i took 2000 photos on this 3 day trip and am very glad that i bought this lens. the image quality is stunning. i will us it for travel photography, street photos and landscapes.

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    5.0

    As good as it gets!

    By Gabriel_Mellin

    from Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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    Pros

    • Wide with no distortion

    Cons

    • Slow Focus

    Best Uses

    • Indoors/Low Light
    • Landscape/Scenery

    Comments about Zeiss 35mm F/1.4 Distagon T Lens for Canon EF:

    It's a great lens, like almost all of Zeiss ones.
    I using one for shooting video in my 5D.
    For me was perfect because, it have a wide angle lens without having any distortion. So it's the best for shooting in small places.

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    5.0

    Absolutely superb

    By Bobby

    from CA

    About Me Semi-pro Photographer

    Pros

    • Consistent Output
    • Durable
    • Easily Interchangeable
    • Fast / accurate auto-focus
    • Rugged
    • Strong Construction

    Cons

    • Heavy

    Best Uses

      Comments about Zeiss 35mm F/1.4 Distagon T Lens for Canon EF:

      This lens is on my Canon C300, I have used the CP.2 35mm prime but I prefer this lens. With 1.6 crop factor it's like a 55mm lens.

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      5.0

      Excellent Bright and Sharp Lens, Heavy

      By Onyx Cinema

      from Los Angeles, CA

      About Me Pro Photographer

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      Pros

      • Consistent Output
      • Durable
      • Easily Interchangeable
      • Nice Bokeh
      • Rugged
      • Strong Construction

      Cons

      • Chromatic aberration
      • Heavy

      Best Uses

      • Indoors/Low Light
      • Night Photography
      • Weddings/Events

      Comments about Zeiss 35mm F/1.4 Distagon T Lens for Canon EF:

      Yes, it's expensive, but it really takes your images to the next level. Compared with other lenses at the same f stop, this lens proves to be the clearest and brightest.

      My only issue is the weight. This wide angle lens starts to give your camera the balance as if it has a telephoto lens on. It doesn't hinder operation of the camera, just takes a lot to get used to compared with other Zeiss lenses in its range.

      With Zeiss lenses I do notice that at the wider aperture settings, that there's a lot of noticeable chromatic aberration. I would have not expected this out of such a high end lens, but I think that's the price for brightness and sharpness.

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      2.0

      NOT WORTH THE $$$$

      By ARMANIELI

      from NEW YORK NY

      About Me Semi-pro Photographer

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      Pros

      • Durable
      • Easy to Use

      Cons

      • Poor Image Quality

      Best Uses

      • Landscape/Scenery
      • Wildlife Photos

      Comments about Zeiss 35mm F/1.4 Distagon T Lens for Canon EF:

      To all ppl whom are confused like me !! I was looking for a great landscape \ portrait lens with good contrast and details after a whole lot of research i decided to go with this [$] lens not many review out there !! i looked over and over trying to compare this lens with his rivals after deep research from b&h and other great websites i bought this lens !! shipping was great fast ! the built of this lens is like no other its like a tank good focusing easy i took this lens to a field test i currently own A canon 16-35mm mkii canon 5D mkiii I have no words to my disappointment from the lens compering it to the 16-35 there is so much purple fringing when its a bit over exposed the 16-35 its AMAZING there is only 1 thing on the far adges of the zeiss things like trees look more details but as far as contrest on the same setting the canon takes this madly expansive lens !!!!!!!!!!!! the fringing of the zeiss its horrible it kills the pix !! THE PIX ARE VERY CLEAR AND NICE BUT WHEN U COMPER THEM THERE IS NO DIFFRENT P.S WHEN U GO TO 5.6 OR UP NOT MUCH FRINGINGCANON 16-35 2.8 MKIIvs ZEISS 35 MM 1.4

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      5.0

      Superb.

      By foraging4stuff

      from Northeast Ohio

      About Me Photo Enthusiast

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Gorgeous bokeh
      • Rugged

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Fine art
        • Landscape/Scenery

        Comments about Zeiss 35mm F/1.4 Distagon T Lens for Canon EF:

        Everything you hear about this lens is true: Unbelievable build; compelling image quality; a little heavy and bulky for it's focal length (although not objectionably so); pricy; extremely high quality bokeh and close focusing. Add it all up an you get a fantastic lens that produces stunning images. Wide open, you're treated with bokeh that has a distinctive smoothness which, to my eye, is very unlike the Canon L glass. At 1.4 it's slightly soft, but sharpens nicely. Stop it down to F8 or F11 and you get crystal clear, beautiful color rendering and contrast. Regardless of which end of the spectrum you use, corner sharpness is excellent, which has more of an impact than I expected.

        You can read other reviews to find similar testimonials, but wanted to share this experience: Prior to purchasing, I rented this lens and thought about using a couple of the images taken with it in a local nature photo contest. When I lined up the 10 candidates for submission and asked friends to review, there was a consistent response: the two close up images of flowers that were taken with the Zeiss 35, folks would say they really liked this one or that -- "there is just something about it."

        Couldn't agree more - there is unique, artful quality to images taken with this lens.

        One note about hand-held manual focusing: took some time to get the hang of it using a Canon 5D MK2. Based on what others suggested, purchased the precision matte focusing screen (Eg-S). It's helps somewhat, but not a game changer. I would say more like training wheels - use that to develop your skills and technique, then you can go back to your normal screen - in my case the (Eg-D.) Despite what folks say about the Eg-S being "slightly darker" with 2.8 or slower lens, I've found it to be really dark with F4, so I needed to swap out. If you'll also be using lens slower than 2.8, I would suggest either borrowing a Eg-S, or purchase used. In hindsight, it's not worth purchasing a new screen for this.

        On my Canon 1D MK IV, it's a much different story: focusing is super easy with the stock screen - far better than even the precision matte on the 5D. No need to fool around with screens on this camera.

        One issue that isn't mentioned often is how fast this lens is. On a sunny day with a bright subject, shooting at F1.4 at ISO 100, you may run into the shutter speed warning of 8000 being overexposed. Not often, but something to be aware of. The flip side is you'll be amazed with how little light you'll be able to shoot in with lower ISO's which opens up a whole new world of opportunities.

        What I don't like:

        - The lens cap. Heavens, how can a company have such amazing engineering skills produce a lousy lens cap. You'll need to push the sides in while twisting to remove consistently. A maneuver that's impossible with the lens hood in place. The frustration was immediate and I replaced the lens cap within a few days. If you get this lens, buy a 3rd party cap up front and save yourself the aggravation.

        - Lack of lens case: It's a disappointment that at this price point there is no lens case included. Guess they assume that you'll never want to remove the lens from your camera - there may be some truth to that, but still...

        - Lens shade alignment: I have a hard time finding the white orientation dot on the lens shade to mount correctly. Others have commented they have mounted incorrectly and have not noticed until they are reviewing images with a strange vignetting pattern. Using a gray sharpie to place a small dot on the shades rear rim solved that.

        - Warranty: I wish it would be more heavily promoted that you need to register the lens within the first 30 days to activate the complimentary extended warranty and that for service you need to work through through an authorized reseller - not directly with Zeiss.

        Given the investment and the length of time you'll have this glass, I would recommend renting first, giving yourself a few extra days to work on the manual focus business, determine if this lens matches your style of shooting and the Zeiss "look" is to your liking.

        My guess is you'll fall in love like I did and will be hitting the Add to Cart button in no time.

        The 35 1.4 is my first Zeiss lens. Now that I've experienced Zeiss bokeh and image quality, it won't be my last.

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        4.0

        King of the Bokeh

        By Magiclight

        from Dunedin, NZ

        About Me Semi-pro Photographer

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        Pros

        • Dreamy look wide open
        • Great Bokeh
        • Nice micro contrast
        • Very low CA
        • Very sharp stopped down

        Cons

        • Curvature of field
        • Very heavy

        Best Uses

        • Family Photos
        • Travel
        • Weddings/Events

        Comments about Zeiss 35mm F/1.4 Distagon T Lens for Canon EF:

        This is now my favourite 35mm lens which has taken over the thrown from my 35/2 ZE.

        I would call this an artists lens. It may not tick all the boxes in a techno review but it would tick all the boxes from a creative view point.

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        5.0

        As Amazing as Everyone Says

        By Aron the Tech

        from Petaluma, CA

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        Pros

        • Durable
        • Easy to Use
        • Great Picture Quality

        Cons

        • Bulky

        Best Uses

        • Family Photos
        • Landscape/Scenery

        Comments about Zeiss 35mm F/1.4 Distagon T Lens for Canon EF:

        Yes, it's a big lens and is heavy. Yes, the manual focus takes some thought and forces you to take a moment to compose your photos. I put a KatzEye ([@]) focusing screen in my 60D to help out with the focusing and between that and the fact that the autofocus assist still works, the manual focus isn't too big of a deal. What's amazing about the lens, besides the obvious heft and precise feel, is the quality of the photos. I think the best description that I've read before and agree with wholeheartedly is that the photos have a large format feel to them, a real presence is apparent. When you compose the shot right and get the focusing spot on, even mundane photos look amazing.The only down-side is that I occasionally get an error on the camera saying that the lens and camera can't communicate but the next shot is fine.I previously had the 35mm f2.0 Distagon but returned it for this one and even though it's quite a bit more expensive, that extra realism is well worth the price, weight, and size.The 35mm f1.4 isn't my walk-around lens but it's in my small kit that goes with me most places now. My Canon 24-105 f4.0L is still my walk-around gun but this is my number two. If I didn't have kids and depend on the auto-focus for so many of my photos, the Distagon might be my primary lens. I had considered the Canon 35mm f1.4L but after having one Zeiss, it's hard to go back and the reality is that with primes at 50mm and lower, I'm almost always focusing manually anyway. I grew up shooting fully manual cameras and lenses and there's a certain satisfaction that comes from using this lens and manually focusing with it. For me and my style, I couldn't have found a better lens.

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        5.0

        Belleza!

        By Jorge

        from Quito Ecuador

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        Pros

        • Durable
        • Easy to Use
        • Great Picture Quality

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Portraits
          • Product shot
          • Video

          Comments about Zeiss 35mm F/1.4 Distagon T Lens for Canon EF:

          Very high performance.

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          5.0

          Magic wand

          By Grenache

          from San Francisco, CA

          About Me Pro Photographer

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Bokeh
          • Durable
          • Good Video Quality
          • Great Picture Quality
          • Profound images

          Cons

          • Lens hood vignettes

          Best Uses

          • Close up
          • Family Photos
          • Landscape/Scenery
          • Travel
          • Video
          • Weddings/Events
          • Wildlife Photos

          Comments about Zeiss 35mm F/1.4 Distagon T Lens for Canon EF:

          While I have enjoyed Zeiss and Contax lenses on my Canon camera bodies for some time, I tend to shoot much longer focal lengths and was unsure of whether or not to purchase this lens.

          How foolish I was. The bokeh from this wide angle lens rivals that of my 100mm Leica APO. The Zeiss 35/1.4 is simply amazing. It has a wonderful transition from sharp to soft and then to butter. Unlike many of its brethren that function well at only a distance, this lens produces jaw dropping images from minimum focus distance to infinity. Of course it has all of the Zeiss build quality and wonderful flow to the focus ring, but what it produces with the glass inside simply with stun you.

          Bravo Zeiss design team and B&H for carrying this gem!

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          5.0

          The Game Changer

          By OneTreePhotoCinema

          from Kansas City

          About Me Pro Photographer

          Pros

          • Durable
          • Nice Bokeh
          • Rugged
          • Sharp
          • Strong Construction

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Indoors/Low Light
            • Video
            • Weddings/Events

            Comments about Zeiss 35mm F/1.4 Distagon T Lens for Canon EF:

            I use this lens almost exclusively for video work with the Canon 60D. I put a lot of thought into a Canon L series lens but after renting this lens for a wedding it was a no brainer. Of course it's a manual focus lens but if you are doing video you're used to that already. As soon as you confirm your purchase it instantly becomes the sharpest lens in your bag.

            I love shooting primes and on the crop sensor this becomes pretty much the most versatile 50mm you can have. I know on the still photo side shooting at 1.4 can be tricky, but on the video side zooming in with live view makes it pretty easy. Be aware thought that although this does have a very small minimum focus distance, it's technically not a makro. The 50mm F/2 is though.

            What else can you say...it's a Zeiss. It really is everything it's touted to be and more.

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            5.0

            Yup it's an absolute ripper

            By Zidane

            from Earth, The Universe

            About Me Pro Photographer

            Pros

            • Consistent Output
            • Durable
            • Easily Interchangeable
            • Nice Bokeh
            • Rugged
            • Strong Construction

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Indoors/Low Light
              • Landscape/Scenery
              • Macro Photography
              • Night Photography
              • Video
              • Weddings/Events

              Comments about Zeiss 35mm F/1.4 Distagon T Lens for Canon EF:

              From the aesthetically pleasing build and construction to the utterly stunning output this lens is an absolute pearler.

              Without a doubt this is the sexiest piece of glass I've ever held. Solid as a rock and with the smoothest manual focus, everything about the look and feel of it screams class.

              This is a sharp lens with the zeiss character and ability to create 3D if you nail the focus. The other main attraction, the bokeh, is smoother than a baboon's big old beehind.

              If you enjoy squeaming with delight when you look at your photos then this is the 35mm you want.

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              5.0

              Fast lens with excellent quality

              By Matias Boldt

              from Buenos Aires, Argentina

              About Me Semi-pro Photographer

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Consistent Output
              • Durable
              • Easily Interchangeable
              • Fast / accurate auto-focus
              • Nice Bokeh
              • Rugged

              Cons

              • Heavy

              Best Uses

              • Indoors/Low Light
              • Landscape/Scenery
              • Night Photography
              • Sports/Action
              • Video
              • Weddings/Events
              • Wildlife Photos

              Comments about Zeiss 35mm F/1.4 Distagon T Lens for Canon EF:

              Great lens for those who like to shoot in low light conditions. Excellent quality and affordable price

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              5.0

              Beautiful Lens With a Great Personality

              By David

              from Lees Summit, MO

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              Pros

              • Consistent Output
              • Durable
              • Nice Bokeh
              • Strong Construction

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Indoors/Low Light
                • Landscape/Scenery
                • Night Photography

                Comments about Zeiss 35mm F/1.4 Distagon T Lens for Canon EF:

                The Zeiss Distagon T* 1.4/35mm ZE is an exceptional lens with unique rendering characteristics that set it apart from other 35mm lenses; even Zeiss' own excellent 2/35mm ZE. It is hard to verbalize the uniqueness of it, but before buying this lens I spent many hours looking at example images online to get acquainted with look it delivers. And the copy I bought delivers that same look.

                True to typical Zeiss form, the lens is exceedingly sharp and renders colors brilliantly. When shooting wide open the lens delivers possibly the most wonderful bokeh available in a 35mm Canon-mount lens. I have rented/used the excellent Canon EF 35mm f/1.4L lens, but I feel the image quality produced with the Zeiss 1.4/35mm is better in sharpness, color rendition, and out-of-focus rendering (bokeh).

                The only negative I have experienced with this lens, is some color fringing at wide apertures along the high-contrast edges in the out-of-focus areas. But, the overall benefits of the lens far outweighs this little nuisance.

                This all metal and glass lens is both heavy and large, which will be a concern for some. The buyer needs to consider this potential drawback carefully. Since it is a manual focusing lens, the large barrel size offers a nice ergonomic benefit; it feels great in the hand making the task of manual focusing a pleasure. My concerns about size and weight were alleviated with practical use; using this lens on my Canon 5d mkii feels "just right" to me.

                When shooting with this lens I am continually surprised and overwhelmingly delighted by the images it produces. The Zeiss Distagon T* 1.4/35mm ZE has become my very favorite lens; it's a wonderful walk-around lens that performs brilliantly in all conditions. Highly recommended!

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                5.0

                Delicious!

                By John

                from Columbia, MD

                About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                Verified Reviewer

                Pros

                • Gorgeous Color
                • Incredible Detail
                • Smooth Focus
                • Superior Construction

                Cons

                • Expensive
                • Heavy

                Best Uses

                • Indoors/Low Light
                • Landscape/Scenery
                • Weddings/Events

                Comments about Zeiss 35mm F/1.4 Distagon T Lens for Canon EF:

                This and the Zeiss 1.4/85 have become my standard two lens set for event and travel photography with my 5DmkII. The 1.4/35 has actually made me to begin to prefer manual focus to autofocus, even with L glass, for the first time since I switched all my equipment to autofocus back in 1995. The Zeiss glass is so sharp and so clear that I can see the "pop" when the desired detail comes into focus, and there is no need to be messing with changing focus points or focus and recompose. I love it!

                CA when shooting wide open in bright light is the only downside optically, but I've learned to avoid this. Stopping the lens down to f/5.6 reveals a level of detail that I have never seen before from the sensor on my 5DmkII. I was stunned the first time I used the 1.4/35 with my B+W circular polarizer, and I could actually see the loss of detail in the photos. For that reason, I stopped using any type of filter with this lens.

                Except when I am shooting sports, this lens and my 1.4/85 are pretty much glued to my camera. In fact, I just used them to shoot a wedding this weekend and was once again delighted by the results. It's an expensive purchase, but it's done more to rekindle my passion for photography than any other lens I've used in the last 30 years.

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                5.0

                I'm in love

                By dj Poe

                from brooklyn ny

                About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Consistent Output
                • Nice Bokeh
                • Strong Construction

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Street photography
                  • Video

                  Comments about Zeiss 35mm F/1.4 Distagon T Lens for Canon EF:

                  This is my first zeiss lens and it won't be my last. It makes all my canon L glass feel inferior. I can tell you already I am looking into the 21mm, 100mm macro,
                  50mm, and 85...
                  I am getting incredible results out of the 35. It has that 3d quality everyone talks about with Zeiss. Manual focusing has not been a problem. It seriously hasn't come off my camera since I purchased.

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                  5.0

                  Consider The EF 35/2

                  By The Dan Powell

                  from Vermont

                  About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Durable

                  Cons

                  • Heavy

                  Best Uses

                  • Low Light
                  • Portraits

                  Comments about Zeiss 35mm F/1.4 Distagon T Lens for Canon EF:

                  Before I talk about the Zeiss, I must say this: Canon's 35mm f/2 is a cheap, noisy piece of plastic, and it was the best [$] I've ever spent.I shoot a lot of stuff; weddings, newspaper work, portraits and landscapes. And for years the 35/2 has been my trusty companion. I have the Eg-S focusing screen on my 5DM2, and with the AF switched off, it has been amazing.There are two reasons for my upgrade:> I needed the extra light> I wanted the ability to have less depth of fieldI can't think of any other reasons to buy this lens. If you find yourself being forced to shoot wide-open at 1/15 sec and below when you've cranked the ISO as high as you comfortably can, consider upgrading. If the depth of field at f/2 isn't shallow enough for you, maybe consider upgrading. (And if you need an extra $400, you'll probably be fine with the 35L)Otherwise.. the 35/2 is a beautiful lens that will not disappoint you. I plan on hanging onto mine. While it's not as good with strong backlighting, I think it's actually sharper than the Zeiss from photos I've taken, and the focusing ring is way more nimble than the Zeiss's. It's also like a foot shorter and 50 pounds lighter - kind of like the difference between driving a Lotus Exige and an armored bank truck.Of course the Zeiss has all that lovely microcontrast and fantastic color reproduction, but that's what everyone raves about. Yes, it makes beautiful images, and that is what you pay $1800 for. That and the fact that it's indestructible.Bottom line: I miss my trusty little 35/2, but the Zeiss was definitely worth it.

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                  5.0

                  Manual perfection!

                  By Photoguy

                  from Boston, MA

                  About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Consistent Output
                  • Durable
                  • Nice Bokeh
                  • Rugged
                  • Strong Construction

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Indoors/Low Light
                    • Weddings/Events

                    Comments about Zeiss 35mm F/1.4 Distagon T Lens for Canon EF:

                    What a joy it is using this exceptionally well built lens for portraits. I have several Canon 1.2 lenses and this lens just might replace them! The look of the bokeh and true to life color and contrast make for wonderful portraits in natural settings. I have yet to find fault with this lens, other than CA in brightly lit scenes, which is to be expected to some degree with any fast lens.

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                    5.0

                    Incredible piece of glass.

                    By Barry Kinsella

                    from Florida

                    About Me Pro Photographer

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • Consistent Output
                    • Durable
                    • Easily Interchangeable
                    • Nice Bokeh
                    • Rugged
                    • Strong Construction

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                      • Indoors/Low Light
                      • Landscape/Scenery
                      • Night Photography

                      Comments about Zeiss 35mm F/1.4 Distagon T Lens for Canon EF:

                      Best investment I have made in years. Images are incredible even when wide open at 1.4. Little or no distortion. Perfect for environmental portraits. Having used 6X7 format cameras for my film days the weight of this lens is not a factor. Come to think of it I love the weight and all metal body construction.

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