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6-way Shootout at 35mm: Zeiss ZM 35/1.4 Distagon, 35/2 Biogon, 35/2.8 C-Biogon, Voigtlander Nokton 35/1.2, Leica 35/1.4 Summilux, Leica 35/2 Summicron

Order Zeiss ZM 35mm f/1.4 Distagon for Leica M at B&H Photo. See also gear pages for other Leica M cameras / lenses.

This massive 6-way comparison includes extensive commentary on the practical merits of these six lenses using a subject that is revealing of key lens behaviors. It is also particularly useful for evaluating bokeh.

Taken at close range, this series is an ideal complement to the prior 6-way Wyman Cabin comparison. Together, these two comparisons are surely themselves alone worth the price of Guide to Leica alone for anyone researching a 35mm lens for Leica M.

6-way Shootout at 35mm: Aspen Trunk (M240)

With HD and UltraHD images ƒ/1.2 - ƒ/1.4 through ƒ/13 - ƒ/16 along with large crops.

     
 
Zeiss ZM 35/1.4 Distagon,    Zeiss ZM 35/2 Biogon,    Zeiss ZM 35/2.8 C-Biogon
Voigtlander Nokton 35/1.2 II ASPH,    Leica 35mm f/1.4 Summilux-M ASPH and 35mm f/2 Summicron-M ASPH
(not to scale)
 
Aspen Trunk
f4 @ 1/180 sec, ISO 200; 2014-09-24 16:08:55
LEICA M (Typ 240) + Zeiss ZM 35mm f/1.4 Distagon

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