Kerlee 35mm f/1.2 full frame DSLR lens for Nikon F-mount

This is not a new lens, but I have somehow forgotten to cover it here on NikonRumors - the Kerlee 35mm f/1.2 manual focus full frame DSLR lens for Nikon F-mount is produced by DZoptics (Shenzhen Dongzheng Optics). The lens can be purchased at B&H and Amazon.

DZoptics Kerlee 35/1.2 lens features and specs:

Description KERLEE 35/1.2
Type wide angle lens
Focusing Manual focus
Aperture: Manual iris with" CLICK" switchable aperture lock
Focal Length 35mm
Aperture (Max.) f1.2
Aperture (Min.) F22
FOV(Diagonal) 63.2°
Construction 11elements/10 groups
Close focus distance 0.3m
Max magnification 0.12 x
Filter diameter: 72mm
Lens Mounts Nikon F, Canon EF, Sony E, Pentax K
Lens image stabilize No
Color Black
Weight About 690g

  • Minimum focus distance is up to 0.3.
  • Optional switchable aperture lock, allowing for smooth adjustment in video mode.
  • The optimal distance is within 1-5 meters with the best image quality
  • Smooth focusing feel, appropriate damping and superior experiences.
  • ED lens effectively improves image/color differences.
  • It’s globally the first 35mm F/1.2 large aperture lens that supports single-lens reflex full-frame cameras. When taking an image, set the aperture to Maximum f1.2 can conspicuously emphasize the subject on the background, producing a nice picture atmosphere.
  • Excellent rendering effect in dim light, also enhance shutter speed to complete a shot

Sample images can be found here, here, here and here.

Via PentaxRumors

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  • Hans J

    Does it have build-in GPS?

    • Someone

      I must be the only one who doesn’t care if a camera has GPS!

      • bonem

        I’m sure there’s Someone else.

      • Jeffry De Meyer

        I don’t either, that sort of thing is nice on a pocket camera.

      • SteveWithAnS

        I won’t buy a camera without GPS or one that doesn’t tell me my focal length or aperture while wildly zooming in and out in video files.

      • Christopher Eaton

        You are not alone… we just don’t whine about when a camera does have GPS.

    • T.I.M

      Stop with that GPS, you sound like T.I.M and his D900.
      Give me your location GPS coordinates, I’ll program my drone and deliver to you a USA map for free.

      • Hans J


  • Richard Haw

    Larry, Moe and Kerlee!

  • Brent Rawlings

    It appears that we are circling the issue. I can’t seem to get a fix on the position you are taking.

    • Brubabs

      You people have lost me. I have no idea where you are going with this discussion.

      • jarmatic

        D820 will not have GPS.

        • T.I.M

          That why I can’t find one!

  • Max

    Looks like a fun street lens

  • Captain Megaton

    So a $700 blur generator for the same price as a used Zeiss Distagon 35/2 ZF. Pass. (though thanks NR for the heads up, I hadn’t heard of this one before)

  • Murat Sahan

    Is the 2.0 so important that one has to forego the reach to 70mm? Thinking of the 24-70 2.8.

    • Sawyerspadre

      I think it’s f1.2, not f2. That’s significantly different than f2.8.

    • Edward Chen

      F1.8 is much shallow than 2.8. Let alone 1.2

  • SM

    Is the lens hood copy of Zeiss 21 ?

  • T.I.M

    Very difficult to get the right focus with a 35mm lens manually.
    You don’t get the huge d.o.f. that you have with ultra wide angle and you don’t have the help of the shallow d.o.f you get with a 85mm.
    Very hard to manually focus, you must use live view.

    • Aditya Gupta

      Are those focus screens(k3 type) any good for 35mm?

      • T.I.M

        The “split image” focus screen is the best but unfortunately they don’t make them anymore.

        • Aditya Gupta


        • tomskyphoto

          The Taiwanese company Focusing Screen modifies original Nikon K3 screens for use in almost all past and current Nikon FX and DX DSLRs; but note that the center circle is disproportionately large on a DX body due to the smaller size of the viewfinder.

          Installation is a breeze as the way Nikon focusing screens for SLRs with a fixed pentaprism are installed hasn’t changed much over several decades. Anyone who has a half-way steady hand and isn’t totally inept when it comes to mechanics should be able to do a focusing screen replacement on a Nikon DSLR.

          My self-installed Nikon F6 split prism screen in the Df works like a charm with manual glass.

          • T.I.M

            Good to know. thanks !

          • jonebize

            tomskyphoto is right here. Check out reviews for these; apparently the result is stunning.

          • Spy Black

            I put the K3 in my D600. In retrospect I should have put the S screen instead, although the split-image/microprism comes in handy occasionally. I generally find it easier to focus on the groundglass.

            • tomskyphoto

              I never liked the microprism even back in the days when pretty much every SLR had it. That’s the reason why I went for the F6-A groundglass with only a small split image indicator in the center for those occasions when a low contrast frame provides little visual cues for for focusing on the groundglass.

              Unfortunately it seems that most of the F6-A based screens have all but disappeared due to the lack of old stock.

          • Eddy Kamera

            Be warned though – using old type focusing screen will make the viewfinder dims. Modern focusing screen designed to be as bright as possible as the AF has been taken care by the AF module. Also DSLR mirrors reflect only something like 80% of the incoming light to the VF. The rest goes to the AF module. Old SLR reflect 100% light to VF.

            • tomskyphoto

              As most of Focusing Screen’s base screens are of a pretty modern type that, while technically true, is more of a theoretical concern. Similar to the discussion about Sony’s “light-eating” SLT technology.

              In practice I couldn’t notice any difference in viewfinder brightness and exposure metering after replacing my Df’s screen.

            • Spy Black

              Actually it’s just the opposite. The K3 was 1/4 stop brighter. I measured a source light before and after I put the screen in. Not only could it be noticed, the meter measured 1/4 stop hotter.

    • Abiatha Swelter

      Then how did we manage before there was autofocus?

      • T.I.M

        SLR had “split image” focusing screen, very easy to use and make manual focusing very accurate.

        • Eddy Kamera

          True, and they are very accurate and bright. I cannot stress it enough – SLR viewfinders are bright. You should try using one.

      • Carleton Foxx At one point, Nikon had 18 different screens for different special situations including for different focal length lenses, for microscopy, low light. It was a golden age.

    • James Brickwood

      I’ve got the Zeiss 35mm f2 ZF2. It took me a couple of months th re learn how to manual focus it again, on my D810. But now i’m confident in most lighting conditions.

      I wouldn’t call it difficult, it just takes some practice at first

  • Edward Chen

    I am wearing glasses. Using VF cant get me sharp focus. Pass

    Or trying focus peaking?

    • Spy Black

      You should check out the diopter adjustment on your eyepiece so you don’t have to use yoyr glasses.

      • Eddy Kamera

        I cannot nail focus using VF and I don’t wear glasses. Even with KatzEye.

        Focus peaking + digital zoom is the only way.

        • Spy Black

          Wide angles have traditionally been more difficult to focus manually. From 50mm onwards it’s fairly straightforward.

  • whisky

    in other news … Nikon announces resignation of chairman

  • jonebize

    Surprisingly nice looking bokeh.

  • I love that it has an unofficial video because, clearly, wouldn’t want to damage branding. The review seems remarkably thorough for a review performed with the wrong camera (DX). Still, it actually seems like a pretty nice piece of work for a niche product.

  • koenshaku

    The models weren’t bad..

  • silmasan

    kerlee perkele

    • ashwins


  • decisivemoment

    So will Nikon introduce focus peaking in Liveview on their cameras, or will people have to switch to mirrorless to be able to properly use stuff like this?

    • Spy Black

      I’ve used focus peaking on a Sony and Panasonic camera, and both times the indicated focus point was wrong. I thought this was strange, considering it’s focusing off the sensor. A magnified spot was more accurate. I don’t know if there’s a calibration setting for focus peaking, but I can’t say I was impressed by what I saw.

      • Politics_Nerd

        I always zoom in to focus in live view. (D750)

        • Spy Black

          I was referring to using an evf. Live view manual focus is too impractical for anything but controlled environments

  • zzzxtreme

    If you’re OK with f2, consider the konica hexanon 35mm f2

  • Rick Francis

    Can’t see why I wouldn’t buy the Sigma 35mm f1.4 instead.

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