Zeiss Distagon T* 35mm f/2 ZF - Review / Test Report
Lens Reviews -
Nikon / Nikkor (APS-C)
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Lens kindly provided for testing purposes by Peter-Cornelius Spaeth!
The Zeiss Distagon T* 35mm f/2 ZF is another representative of the
recently introduced ZF line-up. Zeiss ZF are a manual focus lenses
compatible to the Nikon F(Ai-S)-mount (therefore ZF).
On the APS-C DSLRs the Distagon has a field-of-view equivalent to
52mm so it behaves like a normal lens within this scope.
Typical for all ZF lenses the 35mm f/2 doesn´t feature AF nor an electronically
controlled aperture. Reads: the lens has an automatic aperture but you have
to stop down via the aperture ring on the lens (1/2 stop steps).
Consequently the lens is not compatible to the consumer-grade Nikon DSLRs a la
D40 or D70. However, it works just fine e.g. in aperture-priority mode on the
The build quality of the full-metal Zeiss (brass with chromium-plated brass
front bayonet) is superb. The fluted focus ring feels exceptionally
well damped. The front element does not rotate. The physical length
changes when focusing towards close distances though.
|Equiv. focal length||52.5 mm (full format equivalent)|
|Equiv. max. f-stops||f/3.0 (full format equivalent, in terms of depth-of-field - not speed)|
|Optical construction||9 elements in 7 groups|
|Number of aperture blades||9|
|min. focus distance||0.3 m (max. magnification ratio 1:5.3)|
|Dimensions||65 mm x 97 mm|
|Filter size||58 mm (non-rotating)|
|Hood||barrel shaped, metal, bayonet mount (supplied)|