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ZEISS Loxia 35mm f/2 Lens for Sony E

BH #ZE352LFE • MFR #2103-749
ZEISS Loxia 35mm f/2 Lens for Sony E
Key Features
  • E-Mount Lens/Full-Frame Format
  • Aperture Range: f/2 to f/22
  • One Low Dispersion Element
  • Biogon Optical Design
Marrying traditional handling with a digitally-optimized design, the ZEISS Loxia 35mm f/2 is a compact wide-angle prime for Sony E-mount mirrorless cameras. 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 for improved clarity and sharpness. An enhanced ZEISS T* anti-reflective coating has also been applied to significantly reduce ghosting and lens flare for improved contrast and color fidelity.
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ZEISS Loxia 35mm f/2 Overview

Marrying traditional handling with a digitally-optimized design, the ZEISS Loxia 35mm f/2 is a compact wide-angle prime for Sony E-mount mirrorless cameras. 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 for improved clarity and sharpness. An enhanced ZEISS T* anti-reflective coating has also been applied to significantly reduce ghosting and lens flare for improved contrast and color fidelity.

Loxia-series lenses are distinguished by their manual focus operation along with a manual aperture ring that can be de-clicked for silent operation; making them especially suitable for filmmaking applications. Loxia lenses are also characterized by their compact form factor and all-metal lens barrel, which incorporates engraved focusing and depth of field scales, for fine-tuned control. Additionally, the lens body sports a dust- and moisture-sealed design to permit its use in trying environments.

Wide-angle prime is designed for full-frame Sony E-mount mirrorless cameras, however can also be used with APS-C models where it provides a 52.5mm equivalent focal length
Bright f/2 aperture helps to achieve a more compact, portable form factor while also remaining versatile for use in a variety of lighting conditions.
Biogon optical concept benefits the wide-angle focal length by helping to virtually eliminate distortion for clean, realistic rendering.
One anomalous partial dispersion element is used to significantly reduce color fringing and chromatic aberrations for increased clarity and color fidelity.
ZEISS T* anti-reflective coating has been applied to each lens surface to help minimize reflections and provide greater contrast and color fidelity.
Manual focus design is benefitted by focusing and depth of field scales along with a 180° focus ring rotational angle and hard stops at both infinity and minimum focusing positions.
Manual aperture ring has clicked indicators throughout 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.
Weather-resistant construction includes internal seals to guard against dust and moisture as well as a blue sealing ring at the lens mount to protect the lens-camera interface.
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.

ZEISS Loxia 35mm f/2 Specs

Focal Length35mm
Maximum Aperturef/2
Minimum Aperturef/22
Lens MountSony E
Lens Format CoverageFull-Frame
Angle of View63°
Minimum Focus Distance11.81" / 30 cm
Maximum Magnification0.17x
Optical Design9 Elements in 6 Groups
Focus TypeManual Focus
Image StabilizationNo
Filter Size52 mm (Front)
Dimensions (ø x L)2.44 x 2.32" / 62 x 59 mm
Weight11.99 oz / 340 g
Packaging Info
Package Weight1.655 lb
Box Dimensions (LxWxH)8.9 x 5.45 x 4.65"

ZEISS Loxia 35mm f/2 Reviews

Fascinated by the image quality

By Arnold
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2022-04-13

I started with the Loxia 21mm lens and was very much fascinated by how it renders the color and contrast with the reputablepop, so that I have now all but the 50mm Loxia in my collection (because the Sony-Zeiss Sonnar 55mm f/1.8 which I already had, is outstanding in it's own right). Personally, I find the manual focusing more advantageous for creative shooting but if you are looking for action shots, this may not be the type of lens for you. However, the quality of this lens oozes highest standards so that I also see those lenses as an investment, perhaps. I should add that I no longer give too much credence to MTF data. This lens is supposedly a bit soft full open in the corners, but I see nothing but tack sharp images across the frame, even.wide open. This, as all the other Loxia lenses simply produce very sharp and beautiful images with, by my perception, a beautiful bokeh. There are two issues I have: 1.) The mounting of the Loxia lenses, it takes a bit of praxis. However, taking the advise from another person's posting here, I ordered the lens grip from Pocketpano.de and when applied, it lets you mount / unmount the lens with ease. 2.) Don't expect images to be sharp by going to full stop at infinity, because your images will be blurry. Best sharpness it is slightly below full stop. Then again, I have noticed that also with many competitor's manual lenses and I don't understand why this cannot, or is not done right. Other than that, I highly recommend this Lens.

A compact gem

By Gary
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2020-01-04

I have a Sony Zeiss 1.4 which is also a great lens. Compared to the Loxia, however, it is heavy and huge. I love this lens for its simplicity and high quality compact metal build. Coupled with my A7R4 and A9ii the manual focus is fast and superb. The camera goes directly into focus magnification and peaking when you turn the lens barrel, making it as fast as an autofocus lens without all the extra weight and technology. Takes me back to why I got into photography in the first place. Likely will now pick up the Loxia 85 for the same reasons. This lens pops. Amazing sharpness even wide open and the classic Zeiss color. Get it.

Sharp one

By Richard
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2019-12-20

This lens is expensive. But it's worth the cost. It is exceedingly sharp, easily equals by 55 mm za. Most have noted, and so did I, that the lens operates smoothly and feels solid. Manual focusing engages when the camera recognizes the lens, saving going into the focus menu. Mounted on my A7R2, focusing was slow because of the relatively low resolution of the viewfinder (2.6 M pixels). Focusing is much easier with the high- resolution viewfinder of my A7R4 (5.6 M pixel).

Good lens that isn't worth full retail

By Alex
Rated 4 out of 5
Date: 2019-09-17

The thing that makes this a fun lens to use is the excellent handling. It is compact, beautifully made, and has a wonderfully damped focus ring. It makes photography more fun. Results wise the lens is a mixed bag. Sharpness is good (but not on the level of my best lenses) stopped down, the rendering is good, the bokeh is okay, and the contrast is good. The sunstars are awesome. 10 straight blades make for amazing ones that really add to images. Unfortunately the flare resistance is very poor which makes it harder to take advantage of the sunstars. My Voightlander 21 and 65 are much better in this respect. Sharpness wide open is only okay outside of the center and with it only being f/2 it really doesn't provide much separation. The aperture ring is also too close to the focusing ring which makes it easy to bump the focusing ring when you are trying to change the aperture. I think that the full price is way too much for the lens. I was lucky enough to get one used for $670 something at BH (when the regulars went on a flash sale) and I think thats a more reasonable price for a lens with performance thats good but not outstanding.

Brings me back to film

By Jacob
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2019-08-14

I compared sharpness and light transmission at max aperture to the Zeiss 35mm CP.2 T2.1 and the Rokinon 35mm T1.5. The center sharpness wasn't as good as the CP.2 but better than the Rokinon. Contrast was on par with the CP.2 but much better than the Rokinon. Was surprised to see the loxia was the brightest out of all of them wide open. I like this lens because it reminds me of using my old EL-3 with a prime. Not good for street photography, you will want auto focus for that.

Most fun to use

By Richard
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2019-08-06

All lenses incorporate compromises in design. In order to remain compact this Loxia sacrifices optical performance at f/2 (field curvature) and near focus (only about 1:6). I might have sold my Loxia 2/35 when I bought the Batis 2/40 CF (flat field, 1:3 reproduction) but the Loxia is so much fun to use I can't part with it. Solution to the curved field and closest focus? Solution for me is to pair it with my a6500 rather than my a7iii. On the cropped sensor field curvature is nearly eliminated, reproduction approaches 1:4 and effective focal length is 52.5mm. Returns me to the glory of the ancient Leica Series iii w/ a 50mm Summicron f2 in size, shape, and pleasure of quick accurate manual focus. Sweet spot is from f/2.8 to f/11. Activation of focus assist when turning focus ring is useful. I added a PocketPano Lens Grip which makes removing and installing any Loxia much easier; looks and feels as though Zeiss built it in. Blue rubberized seal at mount is appreciated. (Have had a Nex-7 damaged by dust and water entering at the mount with an unsealed 4/18-105 PZ.) I could take an extended overseas trip with just this lens and either my a6500 or a7iii and be delighted.

Have not used it yet

By Mario
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2022-03-10

Have not used it yet

Great Lens

By James
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2020-07-06

Great lens for my A7s ii, no auto focus but the lens is a great addition to any kit.

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Asked by: Solon L.
Yes, the lens says Made in Japan on the barrel. I don't think that would be a negative though. The smooth focusing, heft and metal construction all speak to the quality of the lens. I have quite a few Leica lenses for my M7 and this lens is certainly thier equal.
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Date published: 2018-08-25

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Asked by: Daniel
This lens by Zeiss is one the most optically sharp lenses you could ask for and would pair beautifully with a sony a7r4
Answered by: Zachariah
Date published: 2021-11-28

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Does the standard package come with lens hood?
Asked by: Montri S.
Yes it does
Answered by: Bryan K.
Date published: 2018-08-25

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When is the expected release date for this lens?
Asked by: Riley G.
This item is still available only as a pre-order and has not come into our inventory yet. You can choose to be notified by email when this item becomes available by clicking on the Notify When in Stock icon on the product page.
Answered by: Heather S.
Date published: 2018-08-25

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For A7 series camera, will this lens work with flash in TTL mode? previously, Phottix mitros flash was reported to have problem working in TTL mode for manual lens, how about this len?
Asked by: Goh
I use the Loxia almost exclusively with available light. But I did get Sony's little HVL-F20M to use for the occasional family, etc. pix, and it works just fine in all modes with the Loxia on my a7II. I cannot speak to connectivity for any other flash on any other a7, and I haven't really stressed the combo ....just snapped some family pix over the holidays, which were fine. BTW: I think that the Loxia is a superb lens
Answered by: James A.
Date published: 2018-08-25

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Lens hood storage, do you reverse it and attach it back onto the camera lens?
Asked by: Thomas
Yes, you can reverse it to store it on the lens.
Answered by: Lindsay B.
Date published: 2018-08-25

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Does it come with a de-click tool or we have to buy separately?
Asked by: Andrew Y.
The Lens does come with the De-Click tool.
Answered by: Harout T.
Date published: 2019-04-02

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Is this lens a focus by wire like the f/4 24mm-70mm or is it actual mechanical ring focus?
Asked by: Jason A.
Both Loxia's are mechanical. these are manual focus lenses. Eric
Answered by: ERIC T.
Date published: 2018-08-25
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