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Zeiss 35/2 vs. Leica 35/2 ASPH - any tests yet?

Patrick (Washington, DC) , Apr 08, 2005; 01:17 p.m.

I've been thinking of getting a 35mm lens again, the natural choice would be a mint used 35/2 ASPH (cannot believe a paid $989 new for that lens when I bought it, now it is 20-25% more than that used), but I'm curious how the new Zeiss 35/2 holds up. It is readily available in both Asia and USA so any users yet?




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Gil Gabo , Apr 08, 2005; 01:35 p.m.

Prices HERE.

Paul T , Apr 08, 2005; 01:37 p.m.

Sean Reid is testing the 35/2 against the ASPH, but no results as yet. Look out for updates at rangefinderforum.com

Used Summicron 35/2 prices, on ePay at least, are reaching such a peak that they do make a grey market Biogon 35/2, at $895 including shipping, look cheap.

Patrick (Washington, DC) , Apr 08, 2005; 01:41 p.m.

right, the truth is that US consumers are getting prices out of the market at this moment since the dollar is so low it results in a defacto price increase on eBay for US consumers.

Stuart Richardson , Apr 08, 2005; 01:42 p.m.

This may or may not be of help, but Sean Reid is doing a comparison of many, many lenses on the RD-1 and reporting about it at Rangefinderforum.com. He compared the Zeiss 35/2 and the Leica 35 f/1.4 ASPH. He found he liked the Leica better. He described the lenses as being a bit different in what they were trying to achieve -- the Leica 35 was bitingly sharp in the center of the frame, while the lens did not maintain this extreme sharpness over the entire field. The Zeiss lens was not as sharp in the center, but it was sharper and more even across the whole image frame. Now, a huge caveat -- these are tests only carried out on the RD-1, so they may be different to how the lenses perform on film. In any case, if you are interested in hearing it from the horse's mouth, Sean's thread is in the RD-1 section of rangefinder forum...

feli , Apr 08, 2005; 01:46 p.m.

Keep in mind that the Zeiss lens appears to be a lot bigger than the Summicron and I'm not sure if it comes with a hood. As far as performance goes, I suspect the Zeiss will perform similar to the pre-asph Cron.

Simon Dai , Apr 08, 2005; 01:47 p.m.

Here's a complete review of the Biogon 35 against all the current 35s, you don't have to read Japanese, the full size samples tell you everything. :)

Simon Dai , Apr 08, 2005; 01:50 p.m.

Keep in mind that the Zeiss lens appears to be a lot bigger than the Summicron and I'm not sure if it comes with a hood.

The hood is sold as optional at 7500 Yen apiece in Japan.

Jack Bowdle , Apr 08, 2005; 02:03 p.m.

I'm sure any test results for all the new Zeiss will be attractive.

BUT when one factors in the huge cost for the Zeiss accessory viewfinders in the 21/25/28 range, the price advantage over the equivalent Leica offering starts to fade, IMHO.

John Morris , Apr 08, 2005; 02:07 p.m.

I expect that the Cosina finders will do perfectly well for 21, 25, and 28. You shouldn't let finders keep you from getting the lenses you want.

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