ZEISS Distagon T* 1,4/35 ZM is originally developed for SLR cameras requiring a long back focal distance for short focal lengths because of the mirror box (the distance between the back lens element and the film plane must be considerably longer than the focal length), the Distagon lenses (retrofocus design) are also ideal for mirrorless system cameras thanks to their optimized ray path. Even with longer focal lengths, the high-performance Distagon optical design enables consistently good correction all the way to the corners of the image and very low field curvature.
Impressive photographs captured in low light always begin with a fast lens for a system or SLR camera. Because, a fast, high-performance lens captures as much light as possible. And a lens with a large maximum aperture leads to the best results when shooting in unfavourable light.
Manually focusing a lens means controlling the image result from your fingertips. A good ergonomic design makes all the difference. The user-friendly focusing ring on ZEISS lenses with an ergonomic finger rest is perfect for fast, precise focusing. Changes are immediately visible in the viewfinder. The high-quality focusing mechanism moves smoothly without play, thus also supporting the intuitive interaction with the focal plane.
The mount and control elements of all ZM lenses are made of metal and are designed for decades of intensive use. The high-quality craftsmanship of the all-metal mounts, the easy-to-grip metal focus and aperture ring and the robust front bayonet and filter threads ensure an amazing photographic experience.
The range of ZEISS T*® lenses offers the highest possible standards in terms of performance, reliability and, of course, image quality. Quite simply, they are superior in every way. You can count on highly advanced flare control for crisp and brilliant images, for example. And virtually zero geometric distortion, ensuring precise accuracy when reproducing shapes – especially useful when photographing products and architecture.
The optical elements of ZEISS lenses feature T*® anti-reflective coating on all surfaces and an optical design that guarantees images of superior brilliance at all times, even in unfavourable lighting conditions. We apply the anti-reflective coating to the lens surfaces by the vapour deposition of extremely thin, transparent layers on the glass. In this process, special substances are vaporized with extremely high energy in a high-vacuum environment and are subsequently deposited on the glass surfaces, one after another, as layers with precisely controlled thicknesses to achieve the desired reduction of reflective properties. The first coating techniques were employed by ZEISS as long ago as in the 1930s.
f/1.4 – f/16
Leica M-Mount* (ZM)
0,70 m (27.56") - ∞
Free working distance
0,61 m (24.01") - ∞
Angular field** (diag. | horiz. | vert.)
62° / 53° / 37°
Diameter of image field
43 mm (1.69")
Coverage at close range (MOD)**
609 x 406 mm (24.00 x 16.00")
Image ratio at minimum object distance
1 : 16.9
Lens elements | groups
10 / 7
Flange focal distance
28 mm (1.09")
Entrance pupil position (front of image plane)
63 mm (2.48")
M49 x 0.75
Rotation angle of focusing ring
63 mm (2.49")
Diameter of focusing ring
60 mm (2.39")
Length (with lens caps)
87 mm (3.30")
Length (without lens caps)
65 mm (2.57")
381 g (13.4 oz)
Zeiss Distagon T* 35mm f/1.4 ZM Lens (Silver)49mm Front Lens Cap for ZM LensesRear Lens Cap for ZM-Mount Lenses
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