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Monday March 28 2011

Lens Review
Introduction | Distagon T18mm f/3.5 | Distagon T21mm f/2.8 | Distagon T25mm f/2.8 | Distagon T28mm f/2 | Distagon T35mm f/2 | Makro Planar T 50mm f/2 | Planar T50mm f/1.4 | Planar T 85mm f/1.4 | Makro Planar T 100mm f/2

Distagon T35mm f/2



Mounted on an APS-C sensor, this lens is very good for shooting portraits or for reportage. On a full-frame body, it is a solid lens for landscape as well as for reportage.
Interestingly, it reaches its best low-light DxOMark Score as soon as f/2 on an APS-C sensor, and at f/2.8 on a full-frame. These figures are significant, especially when dealing with a fast lens.
The mid-light performance achieves its best score at f/2.8 on a full-frame, but on an APS-C,  the lens needs to be stopped down to f/4.

On a full-frame sensor (D3X):

Fully opened, this 35mm offers an interesting field map, the center being already sharp, and most of the frame standing around 50lp/mm. The more interesting being that the corners are almost as sharp as the rest of the field.  Stopping down the lens to f/5.6 will increase the size of the sharper central zone without degrading the borders, but without improving them,  either.
Vignetting is important at f/2, but it decreases as long as the lens is stopped down. Vignetting becomes limited to the corners at f/5.6.

On an APS-C sensor (D300s):

On a smaller sensor size, the resolution behaves identically, except that the D300s’s 12-megapixel sensor struggles to keep the edges above 40lp/mm. Here again, the optimal range is located between f/2.8 and f/5.6.
Vignetting is noticeable at f/2 but completely disappears as soon as the lens is stopped down to f/2.8 or smaller apertures.

Comparison 1 (On D3x):
Zeiss Distagon T35mm f/2 ZF2 v. Nikkor AF-S 17-35mm f/2.8D IF-ED

Comparison 2 (On D300s):
Zeiss Distagon T35mm f/2 ZF2 v. Nikkor AF-S DX 35mm f/1.8G