DPReview: Carl Zeiss Distagon T* 1,4/35 ZM user review

Here's a tantalising opener if I've read one:

Carl Zeiss ZM lenses is an amazing phenomenon is (sic) photography: despite their excellent quality and ergonomics, most Leica M shooters do not even know about them. The main reason for their relatively low popularity, besides snobbish attitude of “those with the best glass in the world”, is that at any focal length Leica optics surpassed Zeiss ZM lenses in speed. That is until now…

This review, written by DPReview forum member, Irakly Shanidze, is salted with well thought-out images (and the above freakish thing); and though it doesn't prove anything intrinsically different, or better, about the Zeiss, it is a worthwhile read.

Source: Carl Zeiss Distagon T* 1,4/35 ZM user review

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Zeiss Loxia lenses are changing things

It's not just end users that are picking up on mirrorless. It's optical companies, like Zeiss, that are capitalising on the possibilities afforded by still-youthful mirrorless mounts that don't already have legions of long-time users.

Background Blur have a great writeup comparing the Sony 35/2,8, a Panasonic 20/1,7, and the Loxia 35/2. While I disagree with them regarding the Panasonic 20/1,7's OOF rendering (they call it 'distracting' and 'harsh'), I do agree that Loxia is a powerful alternative. 

I'd like to see high-quality native manual focus lenses with electronic coupling come to more mounts.

Background Blur: Zeiss Loxia 2/35 First Impressions