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Zeiss ZE 35mm f/1.4 Distagon for Canon

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The Zeiss ZE 35mm f/1.4 Distagon for Canon

The 35mm f/1.4 was stocked in addition to the Zeiss 35mm f/2. In addition to the wider aperture, the 35mm f/1.4 is an optically different design with closer focusing, and it's even a bit sharper than the original version.

Roger's Take

Some of you already know I love this lens, so I may have some trouble being objective about it. But I’ll try by doing some negatives first: It’s big and heavy. At nearly 5" long and 1.8 lbs its going to be the biggest prime in your bag probably. And pixel for pixel, the 35mm f/2 is sharper at 2.0 than this lens is at f/1.4. By a hair. And the Canon and Nikon 35 f/1.4s certainly have as much resolution wide open, so there’s no reason to get the Zeiss 35mm f/1.4 just for wide-open resolution.

After that, though, I’m all about this lens. It preserves sharpness well out to the edges with almost no distortion, and there's very little aberration and vignetting for an f/1.4 lens. At f/2 it’s the sharpest 35mm I’ve shot with, including the ones mentioned above. The bokeh is like butter, as nice as anything I’ve shot with and definitely better (in my opinion) than the Canon and Nikon 35 f/1.4s, but that gets subjective.

I love it. I use it constantly. But one thing I will note for anyone considering it: you need to be ready to manually focus. Focus confirmation lights are nice, but at f/1.4 they aren’t accurate (to see for yourself, use them focusing on the same object from both near and far--It will clearly be two different places that the camera claims focus confirmation). So if you use this lens, be prepared for some live-view focusing. At f/1.4 you won’t have much chance of accurately focusing through the viewfinder.

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