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ZEISS Distagon T* 35mm f/1.4 ZM Lens (Black)

BH #ZE3514ZMB • MFR #2112-846
ZEISS Distagon T* 35mm f/1.4 ZM Lens (Black)
Key Features
  • Leica M-Mount Lens
  • Aperture Range: f/1.4 to f/16
  • Two Aspherical Elements
  • Three Low Dispersion Elements
Characterized by its speed and sophisticated design, the black Distagon T* 35mm f/1.4 ZM from ZEISS is a wide-angle prime for M-mount rangefinder cameras. Balancing the versatile wide focal length is the notably bright f/1.4 maximum aperture, which aids in working in low-light conditions and also affords greater control over depth of field. The Distagon optical design, which helps to reduce distortion, is benefitted by the inclusion of both aspherical and anomalous partial dispersion elements to further suppress spherical and chromatic aberrations for high sharpness and clarity. A floating elements system is also employed to maintain image quality throughout the focusing range, even at the minimum focusing distance of 2.3', and a T* anti-reflective coating has been applied to individual elements to control lens flare and ghosting.
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ZEISS Distagon T* 35mm f/1.4 ZM Overview

Characterized by its speed and sophisticated design, the black Distagon T* 35mm f/1.4 ZM from ZEISS is a wide-angle prime for M-mount rangefinder cameras. Balancing the versatile wide focal length is the notably bright f/1.4 maximum aperture, which aids in working in low-light conditions and also affords greater control over depth of field. The Distagon optical design, which helps to reduce distortion, is benefitted by the inclusion of both aspherical and anomalous partial dispersion elements to further suppress spherical and chromatic aberrations for high sharpness and clarity. A floating elements system is also employed to maintain image quality throughout the focusing range, even at the minimum focusing distance of 2.3', and a T* anti-reflective coating has been applied to individual elements to control lens flare and ghosting.

Wide-angle lens employs a Distagon optical concept to realize well-corrected imagery with virtually no distortion.
Fast f/1.4 maximum aperture benefits working in low-light conditions and also offers increased control over depth of field for selective focus shooting.
Two aspherical elements help to reduce spherical aberrations in order to realize a high degree of sharpness.
Three anomalous partial dispersion elements reduce chromatic aberrations and color fringing for improved color accuracy and clarity.
ZEISS T* anti-reflective coating has been applied to each lens surface to help minimize reflections and provide greater contrast and color fidelity.
Floating elements design helps to maintain consistent image quality throughout the focusing range.
Manual focus design enables a minimum focusing distance of 2.3'.
A 10-blade diaphragm contributes to a pleasing bokeh quality when working with selective focus techniques.

ZEISS Distagon T* 35mm f/1.4 ZM Specs

Focal Length35mm
Maximum Aperturef/1.4
Minimum Aperturef/16
Lens MountLeica M
Angle of View62.15°
Minimum Focus Distance2.3' / 70 cm
Macro Reproduction Ratio1:16.9
Optical Design10 Elements in 7 Groups
Diaphragm Blades10
Focus TypeManual Focus
Filter Size49 mm (Front)
Dimensions (ø x L)2.5 x 2.6" / 63.2 x 65.2 mm
Weight13.4 oz / 381 g
Packaging Info
Package Weight1.185 lb
Box Dimensions (LxWxH)7.85 x 4.55 x 4.35"

ZEISS Distagon T* 35mm f/1.4 ZM Reviews

A great lens for my SL2-S

By Gary
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2022-04-24

I love manual focus prime lenses and I absolutely love the Zeiss 35/1.4 zm. It's size marries well with the SL-S. Sharp, Micro contrast with 3D pop. Focus and aperture rings feel really good. Highly recommend to anyone who enjoys manual focus primes even on non M bodies.

Ultimate 35

By Andrew
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2019-12-18

I used to own the Leica 35mm f/1.4 Summilux FLE and loved it, but circumstances forced me to let it go. I now own this Zeiss Distagon and despite being only about 40% of the Leica’s price, this lens is every bit as good, perhaps better. Better? This lens seems a bit more flare resistant than I recall from the FLE, and has a slightly flatter field and is sharper at the edges, even wide-open. Bokeh is slightly different, but not in any way worse. As are color, transitions and just about anything else I care about from a lens. Optically, this thing is at least as good as the Leica in every way. So why is it so much cheaper? Well, first it’s made in Japan by Cosina instead of by Leica in Germany. It’s also quite a bit bulkier than the FLE, and you know the adage, Fast, Sharp, Cheap; pick any two. Leica made their lens very small for it’s performance, speed and formal length, and Zeiss chose to forgo compact dimensions to get the same performance at a lower price point. This is a large lens for rangefinder cameras and especially with the hood (optional, and highly recommended) it significantly intrudes into the lower right of the frame. The Leica intrudes too, but much less. Personally I don’t mind it much. I’m usually pretty aware of everything in my frame and a quick flick to the low right and back and get pretty much what I expect in the shot. The larger size has one advantage, and that is comfort. This is a very comfortable lens to shoot, with smoother focusing than any other lens I’ve ever tried on any system, which is saying a lot as I own a Leica 50mm f/2 Summicron which is legendary for it’s handing. This lens is beautifully corrected at all distances and apertures (uses floating elements just like the Leica FLE) and is internal focusing as well. While no M mount lenses are advertised as weather sealed, I’ve had this for two years now and there still isn’t any dust inside. If you have the money and want the smallest and most elegant 35mm f/1.4 lens the Leica Summilux FLE is it. If, however, you want the same (or perhaps better) optical performance and don’t mind a slightly larger lens to save about 60%, you’ll love this Zeiss Distagon. I sure do.

Get this if you like 35mm...

By Stephen
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2019-11-17

...and have an M body. It’s heavier but the image quality is untouched. Had a Leica 35mm ASPH summicron and I did not like the image quality produced by that lens. I even considered selling the M body because the output was disappointing. Got the Zeiss lens and my opinion was entirely turned around. The M body is fun to shoot now and the output I get is rewarding.

Outstanding Lens

By Louis
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2019-04-16

Having just returned from a trip to Italy and using this lens extensively, I was motivated to pass on these words.  This lens is a marvel.  Outstanding saturation and contrast and subject separation.  It is built remarkably well.  The hood connection is excellent while the hood itself is obscenely expensive.  Aperture clicks are sure as is focusing.  Ditch the lens cap, it stinks.  It actually got stuck on the lens a few times.  Mounted on the M240 results in a heavy load in rangefinder terms, but the weight is worth the effort.

Physical rock, optical gem

By Justin
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2019-03-23

Big. Heavy. Bulbous. 1/3 stop clicks. Separate hood. Oh, and optically flawless. Performance-wise, this lens is without compromise. If thats you, this is it. ZEISS recommends the 11604 or 11606 6-bit coding on digital M bodies, by the way!

Best WA

By James
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2018-12-26

Excellent lens on M10 and Nikon Z 7.

Still Excellent

By Gary
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2021-04-27

This is the second time I've owned this lens. I sold my first copy a couple of years ago. I recently update my Leica M to the M10R. I had entertained the idea of buying the newly released 35mm APO Summicron but balked at the price. I bought this Zeiss lens instead. NO Regrets. Apart from some very minor fringing around some challenging lighting this lens works very well on my M10R. I would say it might have just a slight bit less pop than a similar Leica lens but that is not too difficult to adjust for in Photoshop. The savings in cost more than offset any additional work in processing I might want to do. Highly recommended.

My favorite 35mm on the Leica SL

By Matthew
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2020-08-01

This Zeiss lens is an amazing performer, I sold my Lux FLE and kept this. It just has a very special rendering at 1.4, there's a glow that I didn't get from the Summilux. It's at least as sharp and keeps high micro-contrast all the way through the apertures. it's a wonderful street, hiking, landscape and even portrait at f1.4-2. This and the .95 Noctilux will always be in my bag.

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Date published: 2021-12-19

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Will this lens work on the Fuji GF cameras?
Asked by: David
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Can I use it with my Leica M3?

Can I use it with my Leica M3?
Asked by: Luis
The ZEISS ZM lens family is compatible with any M-mount camera.
Answered by: ZEISS Camera Lenses
Date published: 2019-08-03

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Does this lens needs specific lens hood for or we can use existing lens hood from zeiss?
Asked by: Anonymous
It needs a specific lens hood, which has been available for quite awhile now -- just do a search on Zeiss Lens Hood for 35mm f/1.4 Distagon T* ZM Lens .
Answered by: Mitch Z.
Date published: 2018-11-20

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Ok, this question may sounds stupid but I am so curious. For the same Zeiss Distagon 35mm f1.4 lens, is there any quality difference between E-mount and Leica M-mount?
Asked by: Harry
ZEISS does not offer a 1.4/35 lens for the Sony E-mount cameras. However, your question could also apply to the differences between the Distagon 1.4/35 ZM for M-mount cameras and the new Milvus 1.4/35 for F and EF mount cameras. While the focal length and aperture are the same, the lenses have different optical and mechanical designs. The former does not have an auto-aperture feature and is designed for a shorter flange focal distance, both of which helps to keep the size and weight low. The latter features and auto-aperture (meaning the aperture closes down during the exposure, than opens fully after to keep the viewfinder bright) and is designed for cameras with a longer flange distance. Despite these differences, both lenses are designed to produce high image quality on the cameras for which they were designed.
Answered by: ZEISS Zeiss Expert
Date published: 2018-08-25

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Will this work well with a Sony A7rii?
Asked by: Anonymous
The ZEISS Distagon 1.4/35 ZM is designed for use with M mount cameras and will not mount directly to cameras using other mount systems, such as the Sony cameras using the E mount standard. There are M-mount to E-mount adapters available, though you need to be aware there is no communication between the lens and body, meta data is not transferred, the exposure and aperture control is manual.
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Date published: 2021-02-01

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Does the lens extend/retract when you focus?
Asked by: Anonymous
NO
Answered by: jay t.
Date published: 2019-05-15
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