ZEISS Loxia 35mm f/2 Biogon T* Lens for Sony E Mount

ZEISS Loxia 35mm f/2 Biogon T* Lens for Sony E Mount

ZEISS Loxia 35mm f/2 Biogon T* Lens for Sony E Mount

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ZEISS Loxia 35mm f/2 Biogon T* Lens for Sony E Mount


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Product Highlights

  • E Mount Lens/Full-Frame Format
  • Aperture Range: f/2 to f/22
  • One Anomalous Partial Dispersion Element
  • Biogon Optical Design
  • ZEISS T* Anti-Reflective Coating
  • Manual Focus Design
  • Manual Aperture Ring Can Be De-Clicked
  • Electronic Interface Transmits Lens Data
  • All-Metal Barrel, Engraved Scales
  • Weather-Resistant Lens Mount Gasket
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ZEISS 35mm f/2.0 overview

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Marrying traditional handling with a digitally-optimized design, the ZEISS Loxia 35mm f/2 Biogon T* Lens is a prime wide-angle lens for full-frame Sony E-mount mirrorless digital cameras. Its manual focus design has been developed in specific regard for use with electronic viewfinders, and also features a manual aperture ring that can be 'de-clicked' for silent operation best-suited for filmmakers. Utilizing a nearly symmetrical optical layout based on the Biogon concept, this lens incorporates one element made from anomalous partial dispersion glass in order to suppress chromatic aberrations and distortion. Additionally, a ZEISS T* anti-reflective coating has also been applied to individual lens elements to further reduce lens flare and ghosting for consistent image clarity and contrast. Serving as a unique option for the contemporary image-maker, the ZEISS Loxia series of lenses are built for the imaging demands of modern full-frame digital cameras, yet are founded upon conventional manual controls.

The moderate wide-angle perspective pairs well with the f/2 maximum aperture for selective focus control, as well as enhanced performance in low-light conditions. Furthermore, the handling details of the lens have also been enhanced for maximum feedback and precision, including a long 180° focus through, clearly engraved scale markings, and a robust, all-metal construction with weather-resistant lens mount gasket. Additionally, the lens is fitted with an electronic interface that conveys all EXIF data to the camera and can also be configured to automatically activate camera-based focusing aids during use.

Prime wide-angle lens is designed specifically for full-frame E-mount mirrorless digital cameras. However, this lens can also be used with APS-C sized E-mount cameras, where it will provide a 35mm-equivalent focal length of 52.5mm.
Fast f/2 maximum aperture benefits working in difficult lighting conditions and also enables greater control over focus placement for shallow depth of field and selective focus applications.
One element made from anomalous partial dispersion glass helps to suppress chromatic aberrations for greater clarity and color accuracy around subject edges throughout the aperture range.
Based on the Biogon optical concept, the lens features nine elements in six groups that are arranged in a nearly symmetrical design. This helps to reduce the physical size of the lens as well as minimize distortion and maintain field flatness.
ZEISS T* anti-reflective coatings have been applied to each lens surface to help minimize reflections in order to provide greater image clarity, contrast and color fidelity.
Manual focus design is accentuated by a knurled metal focusing ring, 180° focus ring rotational angle, and engraved depth of field and distance scale markings.
The manual aperture ring has 1/2-stop clicks throughout the f/2 to f/22 aperture range. Using the included De-Click Tool, this ring can be mechanically 'de-clicked' for smooth, silent rotation throughout the aperture range; making it ideal for video applications.
The lens mount is fitted with an electronic interface that conveys all lens EXIF data to the camera and can also be configured to automatically activate the camera's focusing magnification function when turning the focus ring.
An all-metal lens barrel is fitted with a weather-resistant gasket at the lens mount to protect against moisture and dust from reaching the image sensor or rear lens element.
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ZEISS 35mm f/2.0 specs

Focal Length 35mm
Aperture Maximum: f/2
Minimum: f/22
Camera Mount Type Sony E
Format Compatibility 35mm Film / Full-Frame Digital Sensor
Sony NEX (APS-C)
Angle of View 63°
Minimum Focus Distance 11.81" (30 cm)
Maximum Reproduction Ratio 1:5.8
Elements/Groups 9 / 6
Diaphragm Blades Not Specified by Manufacturer
Image Stabilization No
Autofocus No
Filter Thread Front: 52 mm
Dimensions (DxL) Approx. 2.44 x 2.33" (62.1 x 59.2 mm)
Weight 11.99 oz (340 g)
Packaging Info
Package Weight 1.75 lb
Box Dimensions (LxWxH) 8.95 x 5.5 x 4.7"

ZEISS 35mm f/2.0 reviews

Loxia 35mm f/2 Biogon T* Lens for Sony E Mount is rated 5.0 out of 5 by 29.
Rated 5 out of 5 by from The Loxia 35/2 is a WOW lens for the A7 I use this lens on an A7ii professionally for events, occasional weddings and group photos, as well as for travel. I have several Leica lenses, but have disappointing results, including color shifs and smearing in the corners. There are sharper lenses than the Loxia, but the Loxia is sharper in the cornerr, with no color or smearing. From f/2.8 on, it is nearly uniform across the frame. Distortion is negligable, about 0.2%. The operation is intuitive, opening the magnified view for focusing with the slightest turn of the barrel. It's almost like autofocus without the mechanical compromises. I was undecided about the Loxia 50/2 when my Leica Summicron works so well, but the ergonomics of the Loxia are compelling.
Date published: 2015-03-23
Rated 5 out of 5 by from One of the best built lenses I've used i have L glass, I have kit plastic, I have some classics. This is better than all those or at least as good as my Canon L, albeit much smaller. I was trying to decide between the 35 and 50 and decided to get the 35 for use as travel lens since I was ordering a 85 Batis for portraits. The manual focus is super easy on my a7rII and I don't miss autofocus that much, unless it is my little girl who won't sit still. However I went back to range focusing like I did in high school photography. Really got me back to old school basics and being more aware of my DOF, distance, aperture etc.
Date published: 2016-02-21
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Love this lens I was a bit worried about getting a manual lens. It was my first. But I wanted some primo glass for my A7s, and I was attracted to the small size and all metal construction. I haven't missed auto focus for a minute, as most of my photography is of food and other still subjects, but even for the occasional street photography It's not an issue and it becomes less of an issue with every use. The image quality is just wonderful. Wide open there is some distortion as you might expect, but the quality of the light this thing captures is just delicious.
Date published: 2015-04-29
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Simply Amazing I rented this lens to run it through it's paces at an event this weekend. I am astounded at the qualtiy and the pure joy of shooting with it. I had some trepidation--it has been about two decades since I shot with an MF only lens. Honestly it has brought me back to my photography roots. The 35mm fixed focal lenght is nearly perfect. It forced me to think more about composing the shot rather than getting the best shot I can by adjusting the zoom focal length. I know, crazy, right? As much as I love the convenience of zoom, it has made me a lazy, less creative photographer. I have it paired with my Sony A7ii and the combo is perfect. The camera has a balanced feel in my hands and I can quickly focus (peaking on). The color is briliant but not over-saturated. Great contrast but not harsh. Sharp but fine gradients... not jarringly crisp. However, now this presents a real problem for me... I now have to come up with the funds to buy one!
Date published: 2015-06-25
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A Perfect Lens for the Alpha 7 II Others have commented on the excellent build quality of this lens and I have nothing to add to that. It is a little difficult to attach until you get used to it, but then it becomes easy and you don't think about it. Personally, I prefer a manual focus lens for everything except wildlife and sports photography with a telephoto lens. I can either pre-focus, estimate the subjects distance, or set the lens to the hyperfocal distance. Then when I shoot there is no shutter delay and no possibility that some stray thing will confuse the autofocus. My field tests show that the optical quality is excellent. It is uniformly sharp in the whole field including the corners. I don't detect any volumetric distortion. The lens is so new that lens profiles are not yet available for Photoshop, DxO Optics Pro, or Capture 1. When they become available I expect the correction to be small. I find the image quality is slightly better than than the Sony Zeiss 35mm f/2.8. I'll probably sell the latter since I don't know when I will ever use it. Over the last 65 years I have owned many cameras, most recently the Nikon D4 and D810 paired with a suite of top of the line Nikkor lenses. The combination of the Alpha 7 II and the 35mm Loxia is my favorite camera of all time - even surpassing my Leica IIIg of years ago
Date published: 2015-05-22
Rated 5 out of 5 by from The winner! 35mm best all around performer for sony a7 serie LOXIA 35MM...Best all round 35mm performer for the Sony a7 series! I've owned and tested tested the: 1. Sony Zeiss 35mm 2.8, 2. Zeiss 35mm 1.5 CP2 for motion picture, 3. Rokinon 1.5 cine lens, 4. Voigtlander 35mm 1.4, (and 40mm) 5. Sony Zeiss 16-35mm f4. 6. other Zeiss Biogon 35mm lenses (very similar visuals but not ease of use) THE LOXIA 35MM WINS ALL ROUND BEST FOR VISUALS, SIZE, EASE OF USE & MODERN TECHNOLOGY MIXED WITH THE BEST OF THE OLD WORLD. The sharpness is as good as it gets compared to any 35mm lens. While the Bokeh on the Zeiss motion CP2 and frankly the Rokinon 35mm 1.5 is a bit more creamy and beautiful they are absolutely HUGE lenses. The rendering and creamy backgrounds of this Loxia is very close and 1/4 the size. This lens was built to use with Sony cameras. No adapter needed. In the realm of relatively smaller lenses nothing touches the LOXIA 35MM f2 for Sony. Sharpness is as good as the $5000 CP2 Zeiss. Bokeh is 95% as nice. (this lens is a f2 not a 1.5) But the Sony a7 series efficiency can help make up the difference in brightness and clarity. The Loxia 35mm is a masterpiece! the Electronic connection with your Sony makes manual focusing a total pleasure. The moment you turn the focus ring magnification kicks-in. You can't miss your mark. While on the manual focusing on other lenses you must press additional buttons to get this effect. Taking 3 to 4 times as long to grab your shot. Often missing the shot or the focus point. The little Sony Zeiss 35mm 2.8 is very nice and sharp. But the clinically clean with no character at all. This Loxia 35 provides tack sharp, crisp visuals with constant character in every shot (especially wide open at f2) Zeiss Pop. 3D look. gorgeous fall-off if desired in a small package that communicates with your camera for metadata and focus assist. I love this lens!!!
Date published: 2015-12-22
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Perfect lens for Sony a7 line of cameras I've had this lens for a few weeks now and all I can say is that it is a superb 35mm prime option for any a7 camera for both Photos and Video. The build quality of this lens is exceptional. Both the focus and aperture rings turn smoothly and are well designed. The focus scale on the barrel of the lens is also well designed and very easy to utilize. In comparison to the Sony FE 35mm 2.8 lens this Loxia Zeiss is heavier, more expensive and does not have auto focus... However, if you don't mind using manual focusing (which is extremely simple to do with focusing peaking) the shooting experience of this lens is far superior with the Loxia plus you gain a stop of light at f2 instead of 2.8 - I sold my Sony 35mm fe as soon as I got the Loxia. If you are looking for a small 35mm lens with exceptionally build quality that produces fantastic imagery, buy this lens. It's worth it.
Date published: 2015-01-22
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Well crafted beauty Thanks to quick processing and delivery, I was able to receive this lens a little earlier than expected. Superbly balanced on an A7ii, with or without battery grip. The focus ring is well dampened without being tight and flows very smoothly end to end. The aperture ring, while small and tough to reach at first, clicks satisfyingly and is easy to adjust to. The build quality is outstanding. From the few images I've taken so far, it's obviously sharp with great detail and contrast. The colors all have that Zeiss 'pop' one would expect.
Date published: 2015-12-21
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