Zeiss Announces New 35mm F1.4 Lens

Today, Zeiss announced their new 35mm F/1.4 Distagon lens for Canon and Nikon mounts. The new lens features a minimum aperture of f/16, 11 elements in 9 groups, and a focusing range of approximately one foot to infinity. This now completed Zeiss’s line of prime lenses in a 35mm F1.4, 50mm F1.4 and 85mm F1.4. The lens will be available later this year for a bank-busting $1,843 USD. Press release is after the jump.

The fast all-around talent

Carl Zeiss presents a new moderate wide-angle lens

OBERKOCHEN, September 1, 2010 – A woman is sitting at the bar of a dimly-lit cafe. Lost in thoughts, she doesn’t notice the glass of wine the bartender places before her. From a distance, a photographer tries to capture her mood. He brings her face, which is leaning toward her phone, into focus. Everything around her becomes a blur, and the lights in the background coalesce into a wild “dance” of diffuse shapes.

This shot will only work with a fast lens with short focal length and harmonious bokeh. Carl Zeiss introduces a new lens for just such images: the Distagon T* 1,4/35.

By introducing the Distagon T* 1,4/35, Carl Zeiss is complementing the Planar T*1,.4/50 and T*1,4/85 lenses with a wide-angle lens that shares the same high speed. Crisp, sharp images work every time, whether at dusk or in the weak lighting conditions of a café, and without the need for a tripod. With its 35-mm, the Distagon T* 1,4/35 matches the classic and versatile standard focal lengths when used on cameras with APS-C sensor formats.

Due to the special bokeh effects in both the foreground and background areas, the Distagon T*1,4/35 opens up new creative possibilities, giving photographers more options to ‘play’ with focus. Thanks to its large focus ring, photographers can also create highly accurate, sharp pictures, even at maximum aperture opening. This also makes the lens an ideal addition to the filmmaker using DSLR’s for HD video capture. In addition, the optical construction of the lens guarantees high image quality across the entire image range. Furthermore, with one step less than the full aperture opening, the light fall-off toward the edges is just one f-stop.

With the ZEISS T*  anti-reflective coating, its sophisticated stray light reduction and the excellent flare control, the new Distagon also takes pictures of bright light sources without artifacts. The Distagon T*1,4/35’s extremely long-lasting and robust all-metal precision mechanics, for which Carl Zeiss is known, make this lens perfect for use on-the-go and for photo reports.

The Distagon T* 1,4/35 will be available in first quarter of 2011 at a recommended retail price of $1,843 USD.

Technical specifications

Focal length                                    35 mm

Aperture range                                     f/1.4 – f/16

Number of elements/groups             11/9

Focusing area                                    0.3 m – infinity

Angular field** (diag./horiz./vert.) 63/54/37 °

Coverage at close range             18 x 12 cm (close-up)

Image ratio at close range            1:5 (close-up)

Filter thread                                    M 72 x 0.75

Weight                                                830 – 850 g

Length with caps                        120 – 122 mm

Diameter                                    78 mm

Mounts                                                 ZF.2 (F bayonet)

ZE (EF bayonet)

* As of September 01, 2010

** relates to small camera format

Chris Gampat

Chris Gampat is the Editor in Chief, Founder, and Publisher of the Phoblographer. He also likes pizza.