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Zeiss ZM 35mm f/1.4 Distagon

Distortion for Zeiss ZM 35/1.4 Distagon

Distortion is a wave type commonly seen in wide angle designs: barrel distortion approaching the long edge (bowing out) then inflecting to pincushion distortion into the corners (bowing in).

The maximum distortion is tightly controlled at about 0.5%, which is impressively low for an f/1.4 design, and considerably lower than the Leica 35mm f/1.4 Summilux-M ASPH, which has triple the distortion at ~1.5% (also wave-type).

See example further below.

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Distortion for Zeiss ZM 35mm f/1.4 Distagon
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