Zeiss 35/1.4 ZF.2 sample images

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I just purchased a Zeiss Distagon T 35mm f/1.4 ZF.2 Lens for Nikon F Mount. It replaces a ZF.2 35/2 which was normally the lens attached to my D700. When I added an 85/1.4G to my lens stable, I experienced the advantages of expanding the maximum aperture to f/1.4. The ZF.2 35/1.4 will most likely be a constant companion of the 85/1.4G in the camera bag.

The ZF.2 35/1.4 is going to take a long time to master and I could use any help learning how to maximize its’ capabilities. I plan to post sample shots on this thread and welcome other photos taken with the Zeiss 35/1.4. I figure there won’t be as many of these sold compared to other Zeiss lenses, and sample shots could be lost in the general Zeiss thread.

The lens shipped today and should arrive next week. I will post images as soon as possible.
 
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I also look forward to hearing how the lens handles on your D700, particularly balance and ease of focus. I think I read that it is nearly the size and weight of the 100MP, maybe a tad larger or heavier. I've always found the 100MP to be tough to focus at 20-30 feet, easier up close or obviously near infinity, since it's got a macro focus throw. Conversely, my CV 90mm and CV 40mm are much easier to nail focus with. Such a fast 35mm will be interesting with MF. I'd love to eventually have my little CV 20/40/90 kit and big ZF 21/35/100 kits to choose from!
 
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I also look forward to hearing how the lens handles on your D700, particularly balance and ease of focus. I think I read that it is nearly the size and weight of the 100MP, maybe a tad larger or heavier. I've always found the 100MP to be tough to focus at 20-30 feet, easier up close or obviously near infinity, since it's got a macro focus throw. Conversely, my CV 90mm and CV 40mm are much easier to nail focus with. Such a fast 35mm will be interesting with MF. I'd love to eventually have my little CV 20/40/90 kit and big ZF 21/35/100 kits to choose from!
I found the 35/2 easier to focus than the 100/2. I am hoping the 35/1.4 will be as easy to focus as the 35/2, as well as tad brighter in the viewfinder. I should also be able to manage the narrow depth of field of a 35mm lens at f/1.4 since it has more than twice the depth of field at 10 feet as a 100mm lens at f/5.6.

The 35/1.4 @ 850g is quite a bit heavier than the 100/2 @ 680g, but lighter than the 14-24G @ 969g. I am a fairly large guy (6'5") and found the 100/2 more comfortable to handle on the D700 than the smaller 35/2.

I replaced my CV 58/1.4 with the 85/1.4G, because I needed a fast focus portrait lens when the 100/2 could not keep up with the subjects. I have not had any focus issues with my 21/2.8, but that is probably associated with the subject matter as well as a wider depth of field at that focal length.

I will put these predictions to the test next week when I have that hunk of glass and metal in my hands.
 
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The Zeiss ZF.2 35/1.4 was waiting for me at home tonight. I slipped out and took a couple photos before it was too dark. All at f/1.4

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Not the best photos, but took a couple quick shots to help with size relationship of the 35/1.4.

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The 35/1.4 handles like the 100/2 on the D700, but changing the focus does not extend the length like it does on the macro lenses.
 
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Looks like Zeiss and you have a winner with this lens!
Thanks Tom,
The 35/1.4 seems much faster to focus than the 100/2, although it is still hard to capture Lucy in flight.:rolleyes:

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This lens has the same solid feel as other ZF.2 lenses. It was a hard decision between this and the 35/1.4G. In the end, I did not want to give up the Zeiss "look" for my favorite (natural) focal length. Initial indications are that the Zeiss 35/1.4 will be easy to work with.
 
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Thought it would help to compare my D700 with 35/1.4 with my X100 which has a 35/2 equivalent lens.

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Thought it would help to compare my D700 with 35/1.4 with my X100 which has a 35/2 equivalent lens.

Great shots, I like the Zeiss signature.

DOF-wise the 23/2 is 35/2.8 equivalent, which better explains the size difference (35mm f/3.0 if we want to nitpick).
 
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