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No photographer is as good as the simplest camera.  ~Edward Steichen


Always been a SLR user as main system. Ability to use different high quality lenses and hook up external flashguns / triggers and studio equipment has become my preferred way to work with photography. But for street photography I sometimes want to use a small compact. And always had one in my jacket. Here is my digital compact history.. READ MORE HERE.

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If I could tell the story in words, I wouldn’t need to lug around a camera.  ~Lewis Hine

The Carl Zeiss Distagon T* 2/35 ZE lens review. Not a pro review but
my opinion with test shots and having fun with it. Going to be my only lens for a long time so bookmark this blog if you want to know more about the Zeiss Distagon f/2.

Walked a friends Rottweiler for a couple of hours at the beach near my house and got this shot I liked a lot.Distagon T* 2/35 ZE

After a week or two I bought a new Carl Zeiss. The Distagon T*2/35 lens this time. Wanted to test it before parting with my cash this time so bought it at my local Japan Photo shop in Fredrikstad.  Smaller and much lighter lens. Same build quality as the CZ Distagon T* 35mm 1.4but only f2, so not as fast. This time NO more error messages and lost photos 🙂 This one is a keeper for sure and after two months with Canon 24 L mk II as my only lens it’s Distagon time for the rest of this year 🙂
I really love this lens.
This is my very first shot. Took about 100 shots in the shop at Japan Photo to make sure there was no error messages on this one too. Focus point on top of the monitor, not the man behind it. Distagon T* 2/35 ZE

The Weight is 530 grams, VS Distagon 35 1.4’s  850 grams it feels lightweight. My only camerabody is my two year old Canon 5D mk II, and it feels just right balanced with the The Carl Zeiss Distagon T*2/35 lens.

It renders photographs in a different way than Canon’s 35 L that I also have owned. I think the Canon 24 L mk II is much better than the 35 L. But ZEISS lenses is different. Better than the 35 L and different from the 24 L mk II. I dont know why I like it so much. Part the image quality and part the micro contrast. Also love the build quality. All metal and glass and super smooth operation. Even the lens hood is metal. This lens is built like a tank!

Here is something that happens with the ZEISS Distagon a lot. Missed focus. This is the drawback with this manual focus lens. Only myself to blame. I had focus but there was movement and at f2 there is not hope in h**l that it gets sharp. At wide open you have to know the camera and lens. But I get the feeling for it now.

Here the focus is right on the compass over the the orange/red rescue bag. Distagon T* 2/35 ZE

Here is a crop from picture above. Not 100% crop. As you can see, when you hit focus it’s sharp. All out of focus shots I can only blame myself., not the Distagon lens 🙂 Distagon T* 2/35 ZE

Distagon T* 2/35 ZE

Distagon T* 2/35 ZE

Distagon T* 2/35 ZE

Distagon T* 2/35 ZE

Distagon T* 2/35 ZE. ( only one Photoshopped in this post )

From old fortress town in Fredrikstad, Norway. Distagon T* 2/35 ZE

From Hvaler, Norway. Distagon T* 2/35 ZE. Quote from a photography forum : Zeiss glass has remarkable color. I can’t say if it’s the design, the T* coatings or heck.. magic fairy dust.

Distagon T* 2/35 ZE

I had a dream of a Lecia M9. But just signed a contract for a new roof on my house. So I have to stick with my Canon /ZEISS combo for at least another year or two. Distagon T* 2/35 ZE

From Hvaler, Norway. Distagon T* 2/35 ZE

From Hvaler, Norway. Distagon T* 2/35 ZE

From old fortress town in Fredrikstad, Norway. Distagon T* 2/35 ZE

Another old Canon 😉 From old fortress town in Fredrikstad, Norway. Distagon T* 2/35 ZE Wide open.

Another canon, same place. Distagon T* 2/35 ZE

This is where we put those Nikon owners in Norway 😉 Distagon T* 2/35 ZE

Caterpillar Distagon T* 2/35 ZE

Same caterpillar picture cropped ( not 100% crop ) Distagon T* 2/35 ZE

A friend and her dog. It’s an Akita named Sherry. Hvaler, Norway. Distagon T* 2/35 ZE

View from a old Volvo, Distagon T* 2/35 ZE

Another picture from testing the lens at the shop. Distagon T* 2/35 ZE

Warranty card and box. At home. Distagon T* 2/35 ZE

Some flowers by Carl Zeiss Distagon T* 35/2,0 ZE / Canon mount

A rope. Location – Hvaler , Norway. Distagon T* 2/35 ZE

It’s manual focus only, but on 35mm on down, this is really not a big issue. When you apply a bit of sharpening to this and the other Zeiss glass it’s like a mystical event. The images are sharp to begin with, but move it up a bit and all of that micro contrast reveals images so detailed and real it has to be seen to be believed.
It’s not all perfect, it vignettes like crazy at f2, but by f2.8 this pretty much clears up. I’ll take it though as the balance of performance is amazing. Their are sharper lenses like Zeiss Makro Planar 100 and Canon 135 L, Leica Summilux M 50mm F1.4 ASPH ( and many other Leica lenses ) , though this is very sharp, the micro-contrast is where the Zeiss products shine. They can appear sharper and more real because of this they 3D pop like nothing else.

Carl Zeiss Distagon T*2/35
This is what this lens looks like.

Carl Zeiss Distagon T* 35/2,0 ZE . Canon mount.


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