Zeiss has announced its a Distagon T* 35mm F1.4 ZM lens for Leica M-mount bodies. The company describes the lens as being for professional reportage photography and points out that the wide maximum aperture 'ensures the photographer is independent from the ISO limitations of his camera.' The 35mm F1.4 ZM will be available in black or silver for a recommended price of €1679.84 or $2290 exc taxes.

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The ZEISS Distagon T* 1,4/35 ZM is latest member in the ZM lens family

The ZEISS Distagon T* 1,4/35 ZM continues the success story of the ZEISS ZM lens family for rangefinder cameras and sets a new standard in the market. First, it is notable for its very high speed. With a maximum aperture of f/1.4, the lens creates a pleasing bokeh, which optically enhances the background as the main composition element, while at the same time directing attention to the main motif in the foreground.

The ZEISS Distagon T* 1,4/35 ZM, which is optimized for digital sensors, also stands out for its excellent flat image field. Thanks to the Distagon‘s optical design, the lens delivers high resolution across the entire image field.

In addition, as a member of the ZM family of lenses, the ZEISS Distagon T* 1,4/35 ZM has all of its assets. Complex measures inside the lens minimize any stray light that might occur. The T* anti-reflective coating from ZEISS guarantees a very high degree of flare control. The aperture consists of 10 aperture blades and is therefore almost circular. The iris can be set in steps of 1/3 through the precise and sensitive notch mechanism and with exact photometric increments. The easy-to-grip focus ring with an ergonomic finger rest enables fast, precise focusing.

“For the M system there is today almost no alternative to the Distagon T* 1,4/35 ZM. It is the best ZM lens that you can get under these conditions,” assures Christophe Casenave, Product Manager with ZEISS Camera Lenses.

The ZEISS Distagon T* 1,4/35 ZM will be available worldwide, in silver and black, starting in the fourth quarter of 2014. The expected recommended retail price is $ 2,290.00 (excl. VAT).

Zeiss Distagon T* 1,4/35 ZM specifications

Principal specifications
Lens typePrime lens
Max Format size35mm FF
Focal length35 mm
Image stabilizationNo
Lens mountLeica M
Aperture
Maximum apertureF1.4
Minimum apertureF16
Aperture ringYes
Number of diaphragm blades10
Optics
Elements10
Groups7
Focus
Minimum focus0.70 m (27.56)
Maximum magnification0.06×
AutofocusNo
Full time manualUnknown
Distance scaleYes
DoF scaleYes
Physical
Weight381 g (0.84 lb)
Diameter63 mm (2.48)
Length65 mm (2.56)
Materialsmetal barrel, metal mount
Filter thread49.0 mm