Review Carl Zeiss Distagon T * 35mm f / 2.8 Contax

For the opportunity to write a review and just for the opportunity to use Carl Zeiss Distagon T * 35mm f / 2.8 Contax, many thanks to the store Foto Garage.

Lens view Carl Zeiss Distagon T * 35mm F2.8

Lens view Carl Zeiss Distagon T * 35mm F2.8

TTX Carl Zeiss Distagon T * 35mm F / 2.8:
Focal length: 35mm (fixed lens)
Optical design: 6 elements in 6 groups
The weight: 240g
Minimum Focus Distance: 0.4m
Aperture limits: F / 2.8-F / 22
Filter diameter: 55mm

Well, of course, the first thing that comes to mind when working with Carl Zeiss Distagon T * 35mm f / 2.8 Contax, it is the fact that the lens was released by the legendary manufacturer Carl Zeiss. When using this optics you always expect some kind of miracle, but we all understand that a person takes good photos, the lens only helps him. Carl Zeiss Distagon T * 35mm f / 2.8 Contax - manual lens, and even with manual iris control. Carl Zeiss still does not produce autofocus lenses, on the one hand it sounds silly, but on the other, it gives a kind of advantage and keeps the brand of the company.

Lens view Carl Zeiss Distagon T * 35mm F2.8

View of the lens Carl Zeiss Distagon T * 35mm F2.8 with adapter for Canon EOS

The lens has the interesting name Distagon. I couldn’t get to the bottom of it, but the Distagon is mainly called wide-angle lenses. When working with the lens immediately felt excellent construction - no backlash, everything is clear and harmonious. The whole body is made of metal. But at the same time, some super build quality was not found, this may be due to the fact that Carl Zeiss Distagon T * 35mm f / 2.8 Contax is a kind of budget instance in the line of Distagon T * 25mm F2.8 and Distagon T lenses * 28mm F2.8.

Sample photo on Carl Zeiss Distagon T * 35mm F2.8

Sample photo on Carl Zeiss Distagon T * 35mm F2.8

The lens has a mount (bayonet mount) under the Contax, in this review I used Carl Zeiss Distagon T * 35mm f / 2.8 Contax with the adapter Contax / Canon EOS AF confirm. Adapter of excellent metal quality, easily sat on the camera Canon 10D. There is a special chip on the adapter, which makes it possible focus confirmation. When the camera believes that it was correctly aimed at sharpness, it beeps. If you use a lens with an adapter, but without a chip, there will be no confirmation of focusing. Measurement exposure Available with and without a chip. The camera works fine in a semi-automatic aperture priority mode. Now a newer line of lenses is available for the native mounts of Canon (ZE), Nikon (ZF, ZF.2), Pentax (ZK) cameras. Called updated lens Carl Zeiss Distagon T * 2/35.

Photo by Carl Zeiss Distagon T * 35 mm f 2.8 Contax

Photo by Carl Zeiss Distagon T * 35 mm f 2.8 Contax

The lens has a standard set of indications of aperture values ​​and focus distance. When focusing, the lens block walks smoothly. Minimum Focus Distance 40 centimetersnot very small. For example, our Soviet counterpart Mir-24N has a 24cm minimum focusing distance.

When using the Canon system on the cropped matrix, we get a viewing angle equal to the lens in 56mm full frame. For the Nikon system, it will be 52,5mm. So on a cropped matrix, the Carl Zeiss Distagon T * 35mm f / 2.8 lens can be turned into a kind of fifty dollars, and it can be used quite normally as a universal fixed lens. Of course, if you want something native, then I advise you to look at the Nikon cropped matrix in the direction of the Nikon 35mm F1.8 AF-S, and at the full-frame Nikon 35mm F2.0D, which are not expensive at all.

As you might have guessed, Carl Zeiss Distagon T * 35mm f / 2.8 is also suitable for a full framewhere it will be of greater interest when used. At full frame, you get a good fast wide-angle lens.

Photo by Carl Zeiss Distagon T * 35mm f2.8 Contax

Photo by Carl Zeiss Distagon T * 35mm f2.8 Contax

Carl Zeiss Distagon T * 35mm f / 2.8 does not have automatic or semi-automatic iris control. It is possible to control only manually, even the old Helios-44m-2 has a diaphragm preset ring, which simplifies working with the lens. Although, this is a very minor flaw.

About the picture: the lens did not make any serious impression, most likely this is due to the fact that it is better to use it on a full frame than on a cropped matrix. But whatever it was, the lenses showed a good result. As much as possible open aperture fully operational. Sharpness is excellent, the best result at F5.6-F11. The fall along the edges of the cropped matrix is ​​not felt at all. Lens gives a very good contrast picture and good color reproduction. Most likely, excellent contrast and color is associated with the corporate T * enlightenment. Very surprised little HA, even in the blur zone, green-purple stains are almost invisible. The lens has very little distortion, although they say that it has problems with distortion. On the matrix Canon 10D I did not notice vignetting. The only thing is that the lens catches hares slightly and has a slight drop in contrast in the backlight.

Photo by Carl Zeiss Distagon T * 35 mm f 2.8 Contax

Photo by Carl Zeiss Distagon T * 35 mm f 2.8 Contax

Sample photos on Carl Zeiss Distagon T * 35mm f / 2.8 Contax, all photos in the style of Radozhiva - no machining, RAW Canon 10D -> JPEG, resized 1600 * 1200 Q80% + watermark).

When working, the lens reminded me of the World-24N 35mm F2.0, which is almost a stop lighter and much cheaper, but which is very afraid of backlight.

Photo by Carl Zeiss Distagon T * 35 mm f 2.8 Contax

Photo by Carl Zeiss Distagon T * 35 mm f 2.8 Contax

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Conclusions: Carl Zeiss Distagon T * 35mm f / 2.8 under Contax showed excellent image result - sharpness, color reproduction, high-level contrast on almost all apertures. The only thing for the money spent on Carl Zeiss Distagon T * 35mm f / 2.8 Contax, you can take a native autofocus lens.

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Comments: 8, on the topic: Review of Carl Zeiss Distagon T * 35mm f / 2.8 Contax

  • ingr

    Mayu 58/2 і 135 / 2.8 М42 on "Active" and already for a long time go to work, but I won't buy old stuff anymore (I want the price / quality there as much as garn, as the nominal value is still weak). Protect, tsi іlustratsії shake me up to the thought, how can we try old technology ...

  • Bekzat

    Hello. I am facing the choice of Flektogon 2.4 / 35 MC Carl Zeiss Jena DDR (М42) or Carl Zeiss Distagon 2.8 / 35 Rollei (SL35). Please tell me how they differ in the picture and what do you advise? The challenge is sharpness. Shooting video with 5D Mark II.

    • Arkady Shapoval

      I did not encounter Flektogon, only with Soviet counterparts according to his scheme. I can not tell.

  • anonym

    Hello) please tell me Carl Zeiss Distagon 2.8 / 28 on canon 5dm2 will not touch the mirror? thanks)

    • Arkady Shapoval

      I haven’t used it, I can’t tell you.

  • V

    Distagon is just the name of an optical circuit:
    http://www.panix.com/~zone/photo/czlens.htm - you can read about the features here (CTRL + F -> Distagon)

  • Jurajxp

    I have both Flektogon 2.4 / 35 MC and Rollei HFT Distagon 35mm f / 2.8 and Canon 35 / 1,4L. I have a lot of experience working with them on different cameras to compare the quality of pictures in paired frames.
    As regards the comparison of Elki with Distagon: Under equal conditions, at hole 2,8, they have complete parity in sharpness, but the distagon is less chromatite, and this is not surprising, because the optical scheme is faster. almost always prone to chromaticity ...
    I also had to compare the HFT Distagon 35mm f / 2.8 and the Distagon T * 35mm f / 2.8 head-to-head, the first turned out to be a bit more contrasting, with more saturated color rendition, and more resistant to backlight and overhanging.

  • anonym

    “So, on a cropped matrix, the Carl Zeiss Distagon T * 35mm f / 2.8 * lens will * return * to a kind of fifty kopeck piece” = * CONVERTED *.

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