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Zeiss to release Distagon ZF 1.4/35 ZF.2 in few weeks (Nikon mount)

Currently Zeiss offfers only one 35mm lens with Nikon mount - the Distagon T* 2/35. Rumors for a new Zeiss Distagon ZF 1.4/35 ZF.2 (Nikon mount) have been floating around since last year. It seems that the official Zeiss distributor in Switzerland included this new lens in their latest catalog. A FredMiranda forum member got this answer directly from the distributor:

"The Distagon T 1.4f 35mm ZF.2 for Nikon is still delayed and should be available in the next few weeks."

The model number is ZE 1771-843 and the listing price is CHF2,419 (around US$2300) - screenshot after the break:

I wonder if this will make Nikon change their plans and release their new Nikkor AF-S 35mm f/1.4. lens earlier.

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  • The invisible Man

    Great news !
    I like that, I also like to be the comment on the top.
    Thanks !

    • Makoto Kimura

      third! thats what she said. nikon p7000 17mm sensor FTW.. next d700 is going to be a scooter! bye!

    • tilt

      I am curious: do you have a life?

    • LGO

      I can almost hear the comments: “This Zeiss 35mm f/1.4 does not autofocus well … ” from the same people who said the same of the Nikkor 24mm f/1.4G. :)

  • http://www.redelijkheid.com Willem

    35mm on a crop-cam is sweet, and a 1.4 without AF means a relatively small lens… double sweet. Only the price is not so sweet :(

    • disco

      sweet!

    • JF

      Actually they are quite heavy… excellent all metal/glass construction! But you got Zeiss glass so who cares?!!

    • Zograf

      Certainly the Zeiss ZF 35/2 is not a small lens, in fact it is damn big :-( 65x97mm@530g)-: No doubt the ZF.2 35/1.4 will be noticeably bigger. The ultimate tall for top quality (either Distagon or Nikkor if Nikon also comes out with similar lens).

  • asu misuh

    +1
    for af-s 35mm f/1.4 n d700 replacement

  • Simon

    I have ten old manual prime lenses. However, after acquiring four auto-focus zoom lenses, I have not used them for four years. I think either I am getting lazy or technology makes manual focus lenses obsolete.

  • nikonz

    why don’t they just make it with auto focus, i think is a simple technology for now days.
    if 85 1.4 with AF i will like it more than the nikkor 85 1.4 more

  • nikonz

    why don’t they just make it with auto focus, i think is a simple technology for now days.
    if 85 1.4 with AF i will like it more than the nikkor 85 1.4

  • gt

    so glad you changed the background and format of this site. it looks modern and sleek

    • zeissgit

      bring back the mediaeval clobber!

  • glumetu

    I don’t think whatever Leica does influences any major producer’s plans.

  • Jack

    Good news Admin, but I think it doesn’t affect Nikon’s plan for the 35/1.4 since they pretty much target different buyers. Price, AF availability, optics, quality, brand loyalty, etc…
    Can’t say it has no impact on the 35/1.4, but the effect is rather small in my opinion.

  • biho

    Why would someone shed 2300 dollars to buy a manual only focus lens? You always have the option to disable the AF with a push of a button on the Nikon lens, right !?

  • http://robinedgar.blogspot.com Robin Edgar

    Is the Novoflex adapter really a “deadly sin”?

    As you know, and recently reported here, the earliest Canon rangefinder cameras were fitted with Nikkor 50mm normal lenses. Thus fitting Nikkor lenses on Canon bodies might be more appropriately thought of as a tribute to the heritage of both rival camera companies. :-)

  • http://fotografstuttgart.de Hochzeitsfotograf

    na ja. Too late for the game. When it was needed it haven’t been available, now it will be, but Nikon will come as well so only few will care.

  • Anonymous

    woah, after looking at the black and white look of NR, why not try making it “newspaperlike” ? (yes a bit of irony, rumors site – newspaper look) specially, the fonts add to it. Might be too much on the aesthetics side, not that much function. hahahaha sorry for the OT admin.

  • Anonymous

    There are 21/3.5, 50/4 and 85/4 in the list….. 85/4 and 50/4 non-macro lens? Does not make any sense at all…

    • http://nikonrumors.com/ [NR] admin

      I guess Zeiss has plans to announced more than one lens for Photokina.

    • El Aura

      However ‘made’ that list made a few typos. The 50 and 85 mm non-macro lenses from Zeiss are obviously the existing 50 mm f/1.4 and 85 mm f/1.4 lenses. Somebody simply omitted the ‘1.’. Same for the 21 mm f/3.5, the existing 18 mm lens is f/3.5, making the 21 mm lens also f/3.5 obviously is also just a typo.

      Now, we could take these typos as an indication that the whole list is fake, or put it down to somebody sloppily creating a web-version of an existing real list.

  • D

    The list looks fake – 85mm f4???

    • Anonymous

      This is an actaul copy of the current list of Zeiss lenses of the swiss L&B-shop. No 1.4 35mm Zeiss, and no 4.0 85mm…

      check yourself on http://www.lb-ag.ch:

      Nikon F-Mount mit elektronischer Schnittstelle Nikon F-Mount mit elektronischer Schnittstelle
      ZE 1767-822 Distagon T* 3.5 / 18 mm, ZF.2 mit elektronischer Schnittstelle Distagon T* 3.5 / 18 mm, ZF.2 1’901.00
      ZE 1767-823 Distagon T* 2.8 / 21 mm, ZF.2 mit elektronischer Schnittstelle Distagon T* 2.8 / 21 mm, ZF.2 2’358.00
      ZE 1767-824 Distagon T* 2.0 / 35 mm, ZF.2 mit elektronischer Schnittstelle Distagon T* 2 / 35 mm, ZF.2 1’369.00
      ZE 1767-825 Planar T* 1.4 / 50 mm, ZF.2, mit elektronischer Schnittstelle Planar T* 1.4 / 50 mm, ZF.2 987.00
      ZE 1767-826 Planar T* 1.4 / 85 mm, ZF.2 mit elektronischer Schnittstelle Planar T* 1.4 / 85 mm, ZF.2 1’749.00
      ZE 1771-843 Distagon T* 2.0 / 35 mm, ZF.2 mit elektronischer Schnittstelle Distagon T* 2.0 / 35 mm, ZF.2 2’358.00
      ZE 1771-844 Distagon T* 2 / 28 mm, ZF.2, mit elektronischer Schnittstelle Distagon T* 2 / 28 mm, ZF.2 1’749.00
      ZE 1771-845 Makro-Planar T* 2 / 50 mm, ZF.2 mit elektronischer Schnittstelle Makro-Planar T* 2 / 50 mm, ZF.2 1’749.00
      ZE 1771-846 Makro-Planar T* 2 / 100 mm, ZF.2 mit elektronischer Schnittstelle Makro-Planar T* 2 / 100 mm, ZF.2 2’509.00
      ZE 1796-379 Distagon T* 2.8 / 25 mm, ZF.2 mit elektronischer Schnittstelle Distagon T* 2.8 / 25 mm, ZF.2 1’369.00
      M42 Mount M42 Mount
      ZE 1463-831 Distagon T* 2.8 / 25 mm, M42 Mount Distagon T* 2.8 / 25 mm, ZF 1’292.00
      ZE 1463-832 Distagon T* 2 / 35 mm, M42 Mount Distagon T* 2 / 35 mm, ZF 1’292.00
      ZE 1405-175 Distagon T* 1.4 / 50 mm, M42 Mount Distagon T* 1.4 / 50 mm, ZF 925.00

      • http://nikonrumors.com/ [NR] admin

        The link I posted above has the new lenses – my guess is that the list was released by mistake, since some of the products are not yet announced.

  • http://www.truphotos.com gnohz

    Quite a large number of users should be looking forward to Nikon’s 35 1.4, and I think Nikon will be pressed to release it earlier than scheduled.

    • Eric Pepin

      or they could update the 35 f2.0 to have AFS and a lot of people including myself would still be happy.

      • http://www.kplan.ch Dave

        No! f/2.0 is not enough. F/2.0 is not enough far away from f/2.8 to rectify an additional lens in the bag. And f/2.8 is already possible with a lot of lenses. It must have f/1.4 or otherwise I will be very disappointed!

      • Anonymous

        It does have AF. The Nikkor 35mm 2.0 I own has it.

  • Tralala

    To all the ones complaining/talking about Zeiss lacking an AF system, this is the response from Zeiss to a DP-review member ‘Jozef M':

    “Well, I asked why Zeiss didn’t make AF lenses for EOS, and if they had plans to do so in the future ..
    This is what they answered me, any thoughts on this subject?

    ” Thank you for your inquiry to Carl Zeiss. In reference to your inquiry from 2010-07-23:

    To offer our customers different lenses for different applications than all other lens manufacturers, we will continue to concentrate on manual focus lenses for SLR cameras (e.g. with Canon EF mount). Of course, AF lenses offer some advantages in some situations (e.g. sports, press photography…). But for precise focusing of non-moving objects (e.g. landscape, architecture, stilllife photography…), our MF lenses offer the important difference to AF lenses of other manufacturers. Only MF lenses can be produced with absolutely no play and a long rotating focusing ring for most accurate focusing, e.g. in live view mode.

    In professional cinematographic applications, AF does not play any role at all. And so also our current SLR lenses are highly requested for professional applications like aerial photography, industrial use, architectural photography and the new market of HDSLR cinematography.

    We do not plan to make “me too” AF lenses like all other competitors.

    Sincerely,
    Bertram Hoenlinger ”

    Seems not unreasonable, both buttery-smooth MF and very quick AF do not really go together. The only AF lens I have that does MF reasonably well is the sigma 150mm 2.8 macro, but its AF is quite slow and can be flaky…

    • Johannes

      Yes, sounds reasonable to me. A good, smooth and almost noiseless MF with great mechanics definetely has advantages over an AF lens switched to MF in the described usecases.

      If there wasn’t this quite hefty price tag, I’d really consider to buy this lens over a Nikon AF-S 35mm/1.4!

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