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Zeiss ZM 35mm f/1.4 Zeiss Distagon
Debuting in late 2014, the Zeiss ZM 35mm f/1.4 Distagon is a rangefinder lens that looks to be the best performer yet among 35mm rangefinder lenses. Of particular note:
- Exceptional control of field curvature with outstanding contrast and sharpness across the field even wide open.
- Very low distortion hardly visible even on the straight lines of architecture.
- 10-bladed aperture with 1/3 stop aperture clicks (versus 1/2 stop clicks for Leica). Moreover the clicks are solid, not wimpy and indistinct as many Leica M lenses tend to be.
- Very strong efforts for flare control.
Its Distagon design suggests a relatively digital friendly ray angle behavior on mirrorless cameras, but in fact its ray angle is identical to that of the existing 35mm f/2 Biogon, so its performance at the periphery at wide apertures is strongly impaired on mirrorless cameras as with other Zeiss ZM and Leica M rangefinder lenses.
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