ZEISS Distagon T 35mm F/1.4 ZF.2 Lens for Nikon F Mount

ZEISS Distagon T 35mm F/1.4 ZF.2 Lens for Nikon F Mount

ZEISS Distagon T 35mm F/1.4 ZF.2 Lens for Nikon F Mount

B&H # ZE3514ZFN MFR # 1771-843
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Product Highlights

  • Very Fast f/1.4 Lens for Low Light
  • F Bayonet Mount for Nikon Cameras
  • Precise Focusing Mechanism
  • Optimum Control of Glare
  • Harmonious Bokeh in Out-of-Focus Areas
  • Zeiss T* Anti-Reflective Coating
  • Excellent Flare Control
  • Robust All-Metal Precision Mechanics
  • Sophisticated Stray Light Reduction
  • AI-Aperture Coupling and CPU
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ZEISS 35mm f/1.4 overview

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This Zeiss Distagon T 35mm F/1.4 ZF.2 Lens for Nikon F Mount continues the 120-year-old Zeiss tradition of optically superb lenses that are built to last--this very fast wide-angle 35mm lens offers all the traditional advantages of Zeiss optics: precise manual focusing with a large rotation angle, unparalleled control of glare and stray light to ensure brilliant images every time, an almost circular aperture that delivers a harmonious bokeh (the difficult-to-define quality in out-of-focus areas that's pleasing to the eye), and robust all-metal precision construction. And it's all at the service of Nikon cameras with an F mount. As with all Zeiss ZF.2 lenses, this lens comes equipped with AI-aperture coupling and CPU.

Very fast f/1.4 lens for low light and for impressive bokeh effects
Precise focusing mechanism with a large rotation angle--operating a lens manually means controlling the picture with your fingertips. Ergonomics are everything.
Optimum control of glare and stray light ensures brilliant images--Zeiss lenses are famous for the exceptional quality of the pictures they provide. No matter how demanding the subject, perspectives, colors, and lighting situations are reproduced perfectly - over the entire full-frame image field.
The almost circular aperture enables a harmonious bokeh in out-of-focus areas--the finely matched properties of the aperture ensure that the effects of out-of-focus areas of the picture are attractively balanced (bokeh).
Zeiss T* anti-reflective coating
Sophisticated stray light reduction
Excellent flare control
Extremely long-lasting and robust all-metal precision mechanics
In the Box
ZEISS Distagon T 35mm F/1.4 ZF.2 Lens for Nikon F Mount
  • Front and Rear Lens Caps
  • Lens Shade
  • Limited 2-Year Warranty
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    ZEISS 35mm f/1.4 specs

    Focal Length 35mm
    Aperture Maximum: f/1.4
    Minimum: f/16
    Camera Mount Type Nikon F
    Format Compatibility Nikon FX/35mm Film
    Nikon DX
    Angle of View 63°
    Minimum Focus Distance 11.81" / 30 cm
    Magnification 0.2x
    Maximum Reproduction Ratio 1:5
    Optical Design 11 Elements in 9 Groups
    Autofocus No
    Filter Thread 72 mm
    Dimensions (DxL) 3.07 x 4.72" / 7.80 x 11.99 cm
    Weight 1.83 lb / 830 g
    Packaging Info
    Package Weight 2.3 lb
    Box Dimensions (LxWxH) 8.4 x 4.4 x 4.3"

    ZEISS 35mm f/1.4 reviews

    Distagon T 35mm F/1.4 ZF.2 Lens for Nikon F Mount is rated 4.7 out of 5 by 24.
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Masterpiece of a lens I've had it for a day now and can't get enough of this lens, i'm so happy with this purchase. Every shot looks like fine art. Very easy to focus handheld, unlike Zeiss 100mm that gives me headache. Yes it does have CA stopped down from F1.4 up to maybe 2.8 as i payed attention, but which lens doesn't really ? it's sharp, colors are unbelievably beautiful, focus is creamy soft and easy, great in low light, gorgeous construction and for me it's not heavy at all, plus i use NikonD3s body, or maybe i'm just enjoying it so much that weight doesn't really matter. This lens keeps me present !!! highly recommended !!!
    Date published: 2011-08-17
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Extraordinary Bokeh Normal Focal Length After evaluating this lens for 4 months, I have come to recognize this as my preferred lens. 35mm has always been the natural focal length for my eye and I always appreciated the Zeiss look in my 35/2, but trading up to the ZF.2 35/1.4 was worth the upgrade. The bokeh is extraordinary. So soft while retaining a perfect transition to sharp in-focus subjects. The lens excels in multiple situations including low light. Stopping down to f/5.6 delivers extremely sharp images. Smooth focus ring helps with rapid focus, but recommend using live view at f/1.4 because of the extremely narrow DOF.
    Date published: 2011-09-05
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from A winner I bought this lens a while ago and have only tested on 2 cheap fuji superia 100 on my FM3A, still waiting for my D800E and also planning next test roll on a high resolution film. So far its a spetacular lens: *Works perfect on auto-mode and metering on my FM3A *Fantastic Color *Great sharpness *Really good at 1.4 and from 2 to 2.8 perfect *I liked the bokeh a lot *Built to last at least 3 generations! The only think I didn't like was weight, size and lens cap! Not to mention that it was a nice normal focal lenght on a D7000 that I also tested. Focus confirmation was really OK, metering and also CPU info. Everything I expected! I would recommend to any system.
    Date published: 2012-07-15
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from 2-in-1 lens This lens has two personalities. When shot wide open, there is acceptable detail and sharpness in the plane of focus and the out of focus areas are beautiful-- not distracting, but not boring either. This is a great environmental portaiture lens at larger apertures. The only issues are purple fringing at high contrast boundaries and occasionally, flare/ghosting even with the hood mounted. Stopped down, the lens exhibits critical sharpness corner to corner with excellent contrast and detail resolution. Close-focus shooting was a nice surpise for such a fast, wide lens. The lens handles well, but is a little front heavy even on a D700. Focusing feels great, but the image does not snap into focus as easily as the 100mm makro planar. Typical great Zeiss build quality. Buy a replacement Nikon front cap.
    Date published: 2011-08-29
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great lens to have This lens is the second Zeiss lens I own and both were bought from B&H. It is solidly built, with smooth focusing mechanism and dock nicely on my D700. I do not find this lens heavy and it is well balanced on my D700. The CPU interface function helps a great deal focusing when using large aperture in low light conditions since view finder viewing field is not large.This lens stand out from my collection of top of range Nikko lens in the object rendering which is makes this lens an excellent optical instruments. I have taken more than a few hundred photo in the first week I got this lens and I am amazed with each and everyone of them. I have been very satisfied with my first Zeiss 21mm, f2.8 and I am equally pleased with this 35mm f1.4 lens.
    Date published: 2012-05-13
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from Sharp With Beautiful Focus Falloff The best 35mm lens I have ever used. It can be a real hassle if you are uncomfortable with manual focus (and certainly there is a great deal of technique to learn), but the lens absolutely performs as you would expect a prime in this price range. Beautiful transitions from in focus to out of focus lend the lens its 3D reputation. It also allows you to focus quite close for those who want to enjoy it's macro capabilities. That said, the lens is quite heavy.
    Date published: 2012-05-30
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from fine quality lens This is again a very fine lens in the ZF lens line-up. It fits perfectly into the camera's bayonet with tight tolerances. Amazing mechanical construction, smooth focusing, bright and clear viewfinder which makes focusing quite simple (no need for a split ground glass) and increases keeper rate even at f1.4. A bit of CA wide open, which seems quite usual for such fast lenses. CA diminishes when stopping down, almost completely gone at f2. It is a heavy piece of equipment, but balances perfectly on the bigger Nikon D2/3 bodies. The rendering is typical Zeiss, which I like due to its wonderful color rendering and its micro contrast. The beautiful bokeh gives you a great tool for your creativity especially wide open, not to speak of its low light capabilities. Certainly not that much important, but my first tests with a test chart showed perfect corner sharpness even wide open. This lens on a FX body is the ideal combo for me for cityscapes and street shooting. Highly recommended.
    Date published: 2011-05-30
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Best 35mm for Tonality & Landscape I tried to spend less money on two other lenses - the Zeiss f/2 and the Nikon 35mm f/1.4G, but ended up keeping this lens as to me it's worth the extra money. This lens is for use on my Nikon D800E.My primary purpose is landscapes. This lens is better than the other two in sharpness if you stop this lens down to F11 (compared to the other lenses at their best for landscape, which may be f8). The tonal rendering and color & microconstrast is in my opinion superior as well, and perhaps the most important quality. At wider openings the Zeiss f/2 is superior in sharpness (the Zeiss 1.4 may have more field curvature). The Nikon is great in the center of the field but not as sharp as the Zeiss lenses away from the center. Of course I tried just one sample of each so it may prove different for others.If I was shooting weddings and wanted the center sharp but didn't care as much about the rest (or wasn't going to worry about very large prints) then the Nikon is a no brainer, esp. as the autofocus is convenient.It was a close call between the Zeiss f/2 and f/1.4, especially as the f/2 is sharper outside the center than the 1.4 lens until about f8. But at f11 for infinity landscapes and for tonal rendering the f/1.4 lens is the best.As to bokeh I like both the f/2 and the 1.4 (Zeiss) and find one superior and vice versa to the other in different circumstances. Nikon not as good. The Zeiss 1.4 does have a fair amount of purple fringing until about f/8 - when pixel peeping - it's more at wider apertures, but for my uses it is not a problem.Overall, for wide aperature shots of close objects such as flowers and portraits, and for landscapes where good depth of field is wanted, I find the Zeiss the best and worth the extra money. Plus, it has tremendous build quality and focuses silky smooth with a fairly easy way to focus with live view at magnification.One caution - if you pixel peep and want crystal clear photos at f1.4 to f4 then there is too much purple fringing in high contrast situations and perhaps spherical abberation and you might prefer one of the other two lenses.
    Date published: 2012-08-01
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