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The ZEISS Distagon 35mm f1.4 ZM is my all time favorite lens.

Yes it is big and it is heavy, but still okay. The image quality it delivers is just great.

All images here taken with this great lens and the M10....german text, but Images multilingual.

https://www.qimago.de/los-angeles-in-35mm/

Nice, do you apply 6-bit coding in camera menu or shoot unloaded on your M camera.

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I am pleased to read that someone else finds the chrome ring esthetically detracting.

 

Years ago, when I was shopping for an 85mm f/1.4 lens to use on my Nikon SLRs, I considered the Nikon and the Zeiss. The three factors that influenced me to bypass the Zeiss were the manual focus vs. auto focus, the price difference, and the chrome ring on the end of the lens.

 

Wait, what ?

 

The Zeiss 85mm f1.4 ZF.2 is cheaper than the AF-S 85mm f1.4 ? 1150€ vs 1500€ ?

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Better to code it as a Summicron 28, according to Zeiss.

Oh, realy? May I ask why you recommend to do so?

Thank you.

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How long is this Distagon, and how much does it weight? Some say 65mm, others say 70mm. 380g?

I found a Nikkor with adapter that is 69,8mm and 385g. Filter size is (of course) E52.

Is the Distagon about this size? If so, it is not that bad. Maybe more front heavy?

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The ZEISS Distagon 35mm f1.4 ZM is my all time favorite lens.

Yes it is big and it is heavy, but still okay. The image quality it delivers is just great.

All images here taken with this great lens and the M10....german text, but Images multilingual.

 

https://www.qimago.de/los-angeles-in-35mm/

 

Vielen Dank!

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Oh, realy? May I ask why you recommend to do so?

Thank you.

 

 

Yes, Zeiss actually recommends to code the Distagon as this lens.  Crazy but true...

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Wait, what ?

 

The Zeiss 85mm f1.4 ZF.2 is cheaper than the AF-S 85mm f1.4 ? 1150€ vs 1500€ ?

 

At the time, I was able to buy the used Nikon 85mm f/1.4 auto focus for 627.63€ ($776.65usd). I could not find the Zeiss 85mm f/1.4 ZF.2 for that low price.

 

F4 SLR by Narsuitus, on Flickr

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Yes, Zeiss actually recommends to code the Distagon as this lens. Crazy but true...

Mainly due to the distortion correction.

If you code the Zeiss as 35Lux the result is worse than without coding...

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Oh, realy? May I ask why you recommend to do so?

Thank you.

 

Zeiss recommends, not me

Summicron 28 (11604) or Elmarit 28 Asph (11606) it's their official advice for coding the 35 ZM Distagon.

 

I prefer the Summicron one because, at f/2, it's closer to the real lens maximum aperture (for Exif data, I mean)

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Mainly due to the distortion correction.

If you code the Zeiss as 35Lux the result is worse than without coding...

I code it (when I remember to) as 35 Summilux, not Asph. I have not noticed any change between coded/uncoded images yet, but I'll give a try to the cron 28 coding.

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Zeiss recommends, not me

Summicron 28 (11604) or Elmarit 28 Asph (11606) it's their official advice for coding the 35 ZM Distagon.

 

I prefer the Summicron one because, at f/2, it's closer to the real lens maximum aperture (for Exif data, I mean)

 

Okay, thank you. Didn't know that.

Well as I use it with the M10 the exifs concerning the aperture is not important. But I changed it now to the 28 Cron.

Thank you once more!

 

To be honest the Distagon is in my opinion a almost perfect correted lens, so which ever coding one choose I don't think that it will ruin the images anyway.

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Mainly due to the distortion correction.

If you code the Zeiss as 35Lux the result is worse than without coding...

You say what? Distortion correction? I thought only vignetting and color cast due to ray angle are corrected.

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In Lightroom, the corrections are automatically applied.

However, you can deactivate and/or customize the settings (lens profiles).

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In my opinion the 35mm Zeiss Distagon f/1.4 is the best 35mm lens there is. It is incredibly sharp, very well corrected, has a high micro contrast, very nice colors and just a gorgeous rendering.

 

BTW, I sold my Leica Summilux FLE.

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totally agree mls1483.  Also n0 noticeable focus shift, hardly any flare and working well from portrait to infinity.

Same allrounder perfection as the Summilux 50 ASPH, C-Biogon 35 or the Elmarit-M 90: reliably producing excellent results beyond test results and data sheets

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Here was mine on my M-A. It is definitely workable I just ultimately found it too big (for me). I'm glad others are fine with the size though! I think if I was using an SL I would easily choose the Zeiss over the Summilux FLE.

 

Leica M-A by Abram Goglanian, on Flickr

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