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Zeiss ZM 34/1.4 Distagon
Sony / Zeiss FE 35mm f/1.4 Distagon

Sony FE 35mm f/1.4 Distagon: Discussion and Alternatives

A camera system needs at least one outstanding lens that makes owning that system worthwhile, that is, speaking to the value proposition of those who want very high quality as the 1st priority. A lens that is so appealing that the camera body becomes an accessory.

The Sony/Zeiss 35/1.4 Distagon is a lens that can only accelerate the move to mirrorless. Until mid 2015, the Sony A7 series platform has been a study in “good enough”. The lack of truly compelling lenses ended in Spring 2015 with the about $1598 Sony/Zeiss FE 35mm f/1.4 Distagon. The open question as this was written is whether lens siblings of similar quality will emerge to complete the nucleus of a complete system that demanding photographers hunger for.

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Special emphasis is placed on Sony full-frame, including Sony lenses and the high performance Zeiss Batis and Zeiss Loxia lenses plus Rokinon/Samyang and others. Fujifilm X, Olympus and Panasonic M4/3, Sigma dp Merrill and dp/sd Quattro are also covered in depth. Years in the making, it offers a wealth of material for choosing and using a mirrorless camera.

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Zeiss ZF.2 34/1.4 Distagon

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