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I Love Zeiss Distagon ZM 35/1.4
Old 02-25-2015   #1
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I Love Zeiss Distagon ZM 35/1.4

No, seriously.

What a lens.
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Old 02-25-2015   #2
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It's a little too fat, that was my impression when I handled it. But I'd buy it in a heartbeat if I didn't already own the 35lux ASPH...
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Old 02-25-2015   #3
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It's a little too fat, that was my impression when I handled it. But I'd buy it in a heartbeat if I didn't already own the 35lux ASPH...
True, its bigger than the 35Lux ASPH v1 and v2

True, its wider than these lenses

But I hafta say i'm very impressed with the performance and the lens isn't a monster

It balances decently on the M240, is slightly front heavy but doesn't tip the camera over.

I have the silver/chrome version and the build quality is excellent. Leica still get 5/5 whereas I'd give this one 4/5.

It sure looks large but doesn't weigh all that much

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Old 02-25-2015   #4
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I´ve seen that lens and i wonder why is it so large! Is it retro-focus design form Dslr´s???
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Old 02-25-2015   #5
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Distagon's are retrofocus, though I'm not sure this is a dslr lens. I thought it was Zeiss' new rf design, aimed at 'taking the crown'. I'd buy one, but they're not inexpensive.
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Old 02-25-2015   #6
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I love my vintage Distagon 35/1.4 SLR lens. I use it on a E-PL1.
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Old 02-25-2015   #7
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No, seriously.

What a lens.
Great to hear it. It's on my wish list.
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Old 02-25-2015   #8
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Yeah, based on size you'd expect it to be really heavy, like the Voigtlander 35/1.2. But it's not that extreme.
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Agreed - Love the Zeiss ZM 1.4/35mm
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Agreed - Love the Zeiss ZM 1.4/35mm

Hi I'm new to the forum which I found while researching vintage Nikkor rangefinder lenses adapted to the Sony A7s camera. I found a lot of very informative images taken with the W-Nikkor 1.8/3.5cm, but decided not to get it after the Zeiss ZM Distagon 1.4/35mm lens arrived a few weeks ago. (I have a weird obsession with 35mm focal length). Consistent with other reports on the internet, the lens has a solid feel, focusing is smooth, and the 1/3 stop aperture ring is great. On the Sony A7x series cameras, I'm sure image sharpness is generally better with the Loxia 2/35mm lens, but stopped down to f/8 the new ZM is more than sharp enough, and for a modern lens the ZM has a lot of character. The weather in NYC has been wrought with one snow blizzard after another, and the attached photo is the only one I could make that had any reasonable visibility.

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Old 03-03-2015   #10
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Distagon's are retrofocus, though I'm not sure this is a dslr lens. I thought it was Zeiss' new rf design, aimed at 'taking the crown'. I'd buy one, but they're not inexpensive.
No, it is not the DSLR lens. The rear lens protrudes some mm into the M body, giving less than maybe 25 mm for the mirror; definitively not a lens you might use on a DSLR.

I would not even know if it should by definition be a retrofocus lens, the main surface being within the third or so last lens of the system.

It is, however, not a Biogon design
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Old 03-08-2015   #11
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If anything the 35mm/1.4 Distagon ZM owes a bit to the Leica Summilux ASPH family of lenses for its design, but it's supposedly a better corrected lens, at the cost of being bigger. Just got mine on Monday after more than 5 months of waiting. It's very good on my M9-P. I'm particularly impressed by its performance at minimum focus distance; it's no Makro Planar in terms of magnification, but is very capable of collecting detail. I'm going to keep it on the M9-P for a year to see what I can do with just it (though shooting other lenses on my D800E).

Early images from the 35mm/1.4 ZM here: https://flic.kr/s/aHsk8warPq
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Old 03-29-2015   #12
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Here a picture with the Zeiss Ikon ZM and Ilford Delta developed with Ilfosol 3 with the lens.
With the Sony A7ll which I primarily use, the corners are sharp at f/8. On Film these Lense is at least 2 stops earlier corner sharp.

http://rangefinderforum.com/forums/a...1&d=1427623759
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Old 03-31-2015   #13
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My Distagon 35mm f1.4 just arrived this afternoon. Quick shot to compare sizes between the Nokton 35f1.2, The Distagon 35f1.4 and the Ultron 35f1.7 in M-mount.
Smaller than the 35f1.2 - but not by much, bigger than the M-Nokton 35f1.7. It does balance very well on a M camera though. The hood is actually quite small (though the box for the hood is huge!).
Loaded a ZM with EFKE 50 and shall proceed to shoot some rolls with it in the next day or so.
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My Distagon 35mm f1.4 just arrived this afternoon. Quick shot to compare sizes between the Nokton 35f1.2, The Distagon 35f1.4 and the Ultron 35f1.7 in M-mount.
The new Ultron looks amazing btw. I don't care for the ZM.
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Old 03-31-2015   #15
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Conincidentally, just saw this:

http://rangefinder.yodobashi.com/len...istagon35.html
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Old 04-01-2015   #16
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could there be a chance that the new Ultron takes 46mm filters? Tom mentions that his pre-production sample is 46mm but says the production model could be 43mm. If it were 46mm, I'd probably trade my chrome 35/1.2 for it!
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Old 04-01-2015   #17
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It took me awhile to save for a lux asph 35 (non-FLE), and I'm very attached to its imaging and size, so won't be considering the new Zeiss. But I've seen web pics from the new ZM 35 that look wonderful. If I didn't have a fav 35, I'd sure consider the Zeiss.
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Old 04-01-2015   #18
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I may break down and go for the 1.2 Voit. Or Zeiss
If Miss Ultron doesn't get to the US soon
No longer too concerned about the size
I wasn't either till I actually got the Nokton f1.2 and started using it. Yes, it's a great lens but no, I didn't keep it.
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Old 04-01-2015   #19
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Sony 7 with the Distagon 35mm f1.4 at f1.4. Cherry tree outside my "smoking" balcony. These are the late blooming trees in our neighbourhood. Usually around mid April - but due to the warm spring and lack of winter - early this year.
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Old 04-04-2015   #20
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Zeiss ZM and Zeiss Biogon 35mm f1.4 at f1.4. Kind of a Bokeh test. Efke 50 iso, developed in Rodinal 1:100 for 40 min, stand development
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Tom, How does the Distagon corners look at infinity on the A7?
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Old 04-05-2015   #22
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Jan, I haven't seen any problem - but then I have not been looking for them either. Will try to make time for a couple of test shots today with the Sony 7 - once the battery on it is charged up.
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Old 04-11-2015   #23
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This is my "test root" at Jericho Beach here in vancouver. I try every lens, every camera and just about every film/developer combination on it.
This is with the Zeiss ZM and the Distagon 35mm f1.4, either at f1/4 or maybe f1,8. Impressive performance to say the least.
Adox CHS II 100, Rodinal 1:100 for 40 min.
There are about 250 shots on our Flickr site of this toot. Tageed under "Test root" - about as boring a series of shots you ever find.
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This is for jan Pedersen, he asked about corners with the Distagon 35f1.4. This is a minuscule area of the image - about 2x3 mm - extreme right hand corner. At infinity too. No manipulation except the crop. There is another shot of the left hand corner, but L/R has decided to ignore it for the moment. Will post it when I find it!!!
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Don't know if this works. Full frame at full size. Sony A7 and Zeiss Distagon 35mm f1.4'
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Hi Tom, thank you for posting this, very helpful. Corner look great, i don't see any color change at all.
One for the future list.
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Old 04-16-2015   #27
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Actually Tom, I quite like those shots of the roots on Jericho Beach -- very interesting designs that Mother Nature can come up with!

Thanks for posting the sample pics of the distagon, I've ordered one and it's on its way to me from B&H. I love the look of Zeiss glass.
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http://www.fredmiranda.com/forum/topic/1358493 This thread shows a bit of weirdness on the A7
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Old 04-25-2015   #29
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No weirdness on the venerable M8
An amazingly good lens, bear in mind this on the M8 crop, film to follow now the rain has stopped, sun promised for tomorrow!!
No coding used, no UV/IR filter.

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[IMG]H 0007 #1 M6 ZM Distagon 35mm f1.4 Orwo MA8 @12 iso by T&T and Mr B, on Flickr[/IMG]
Test Download Zeiss Distagon 35mm f1.4 @ f1.4 and 1.5 m. Orwo MA8 film, develped in POTA for 18 min.
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[IMG]G 995 #4 Zeiss ZM Distagon 35mm f1.4 Ilford Pan 100 by T&T and Mr B, on Flickr[/IMG]

Distagon 35mm f1.4. Ilford Pan 100, Rodinal 1:100, 40 min
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Old 05-07-2015   #32
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Distagon 35mm f1.4, Rollei Retro 100 XTOL 7min 68F

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