Zeiss Distagon T* 35mm F/2.0

Last updated (03 July’11):
- Review by Photozone

The Zeiss Distagon T* 35mm F/2.0 features 35mm at focal length with maximum aperture of f/2.0. The lens construction has 9 elements in 7 groups and has diagonal angle of view at 62 degrees. Closest focusing distance at 11.81″ (30 cm) and has a filter size of 58mm. The Zeiss Distagon T* 35mm F/2.0 lens weighs 1.17 lb (530 g) and it measures 2.52 inches in diameter and 3.82 inches long.

Overall Rating: ★★★★☆ | Latest Price Info

Expert Reviews

Zeiss Distagon T* 35mm F/2.0 Reviews

Photozone reviews the Zeiss Distagon T* 35mm F/2.0 and writes;
“Quality-wise the Zeiss Distagon T* 35mm f/2 ZF is a little superior compared to its its sister lens, the Distagon T* 25mm f/2.8, and it easily outperforms the corresponding Nikkor AF 35mm f/2. The resolution in the center is about as good as it gets on the Nikon D200. The borders are very good at large apertures but it takes till about f/4 before the quality gets excellent here. The level of vignetting is about average for a lens of this class. The lens shows a very slight level of barrel distortions whereas CAs are moderate.”
Rating: ★★★★☆

Lenstip reviews the Zeiss Distagon T* 35mm F/2.0 and writes;
“The Zeiss 2/35 gives you an extremely sharp image at corners as well as at centre. What distinguishes this lens are definitely: light transmission, build quality and a very good correction of the most optical defects. Taking all this advantages into consideration, we must admit that the price of this lens is not so high. “
rating: N/A

SLRGear reviews the Zeiss Distagon T* 35mm F/2.0 and writes;
“There’s not much to add here – if you’re fine with manual focus and you want the sharpest performance, the Carl Zeiss 35mm ƒ/2 Distagon will serve you well.”
Rating: ★★★★½

User Opinions

Zeiss Distagon T* 35mm F/2.0 User Reviews

Beautiful lens
“Distagon 35mm is a wonderful zeiss lens. Near flat field curvature, sharp corner to corner, chiseled crisp image, pleasing contrast and bokeh. With D700, focusing is easy (this is a manual focus lens), ZF.2 includes cpu, so EVIF is recorded and no switching to non CPU lens is needed. Just attach the lens and shoot away. Often described as ’3D’ or ‘popping’ picture quality. No haze, extremely clean and defined image gives sense of volume and depth. Compared to renowned Nikkor 24-70mm f2.8 at 35mm, I was surprised to see how well ZF.2 35 f2 performed. Distagon images were Slightly more defined at times. Easily out-resolving the D700′s 12mp censo, this lens is also future proofed. Distagon ZF.2 35 is a class of its own. Highly recommended.” – by Leika
Rating: ★★★★★

“This 35 f2 is super-sharp at f2 and is an incredible step up from the Nikon 24-70 even wide open. Amazing the difference… A solid and well-built product, a joy to focus, and I look forward to give it a spin in backlight. Compare this to the 16-85 f4-5.6 Nikon and it is almost like HD TV vs standard TV. Even compared to the so-called best of professional nikon 24-70 and 70-200, this little guy is in a class of its own, like the Leicas.” – by Michael
Rating: ★★★★★

Best 35 mm lens for Nikon
“I used this lens and two other Zeiss ZF.2 lenses with a Nikon F3x on my recent trip to Patagonia, Torres del Paine, and a trip through the channels around Tierra del Fuego. The contrast and clarity of the images is superb. Photos including the sun in the image with snow covered mountains and ocean are dramatic and stunning with no ghosting or flare. Close focus allows semi-macro photography. Automatic aperture control makes allows you to take advantage of the exposure controls while maintaining manual focus for precision.” – by Ken
Rating: ★★★★★

May be the best lens I’ve ever owned
“This wonderful piece of glass might well be the best lens I’ve ever owned, including some Leica M glass, when I had my M8. There is simply nothing negative to say about this lens: It’s tack sharp, beautiful to look at, handle and focus and it meters very accurately. Colors are rendered beautifully, the images really have that 3D feel and 35mm is the perfect focal length for most of my shooting on my D700.” – by samthase
Rating: ★★★★★

All I hoped it would be
“The Zeiss Distagon 35mm f/2.0 ZF.2 is a great, well built tool. It is sharp as a tack and focuses easily on a D700.” – by Ben
Rating: ★★★★★

My favorite prime
“This Zeiss 35/2 is obviously for my FX and it just beats my Nikon 35/2 in color rendition, contrast, and sharpness (barely on this one), but it is the overall look of the picture that counts and this one excels over all of them (which includes a Tokina 35/2.8 and Nikon 35/1.8). Of course, it comes at 3 to 4 times the price of any of these, but it is totally worth it! Manual focusing is a breeze and the end results are just more fulfilling! Quality and manual-focusing feel is top-notch! It is true what they say, once you have a Zeiss, you would want to buy more of them.” – by orgazmo
Rating: ★★★★★

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Features & Specifications

Zeiss Distagon T* 35mm F/2.0 Specifications

The Zeiss Distagon T* 35mm F/2.0 ZF.2 Lens for Nikon F Mount is a classic focal length lens with a moderate wide-angle perspective. The Distagon T* 35mm f/2.0 provides very high image quality over a wide range of apertures and focusing ranges. The fast f/2.0 aperture enables hand-held photography under difficult lighting conditions and since it has a short focus rotation, it is great for action photography. When it is combined with an APS-C DSLR with a 1.5 crop factor, the lens has an effective focal length of 53mm (in 35mm format) and can be used as a standard focal length for a natural viewing perspective.

The new ZF.2 lenses are an enhanced version of ZF lenses. They feature an electronic interface (CPU) that enables support of all important camera operating modes such as shutter priority, aperture priority and programmed auto exposure–or manual exposure settings on non-AI compatible camera housings. Photographers no longer have to set the parameters in the camera menu as the lens now transmits standard data such as focal length, speed and the aperture setting to the camera. This data can then be viewed in the EXIF data of each picture.

For technical reasons, these lenses do not have a half-step aperture lock between the lowest (stop position) and the second lowest aperture setting. This guarantees reliable recognition of the automatic position. The lowest aperture on ZF.2 lenses is colored orange to emphasize the automatic position of the aperture ring.

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