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Carl Zeiss Distagon 35 mm f/ 2.8 Lens

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Carl Zeiss Distagon 35 mm f/ 2.8 lens

Carl Zeiss Distagon 35 mm f/ 2.8 lens

Carl Zeiss Distagon 35 mm f/ 2.8 lens

Optical design

Carl Zeiss Distagon 35 mm f/ 2.8 optical design

Format: 35mm SLR

Type: Prime lens

Focusing: Manual Focus (MF)

Lens mounts: Rollei 35mm, Rollei 35mm

First year of production: 1973

Last year of production: 1974

Optical design: 5 elements in 5 groups

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Average price: $310


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Additional information:


The Carl Zeiss Distagon 35mm f/2.8  is a wide-angle prime lens for 35 mm SLR cameras Rollei SL35.

This is the very 1st version of the lens, which was manufactured only in Germany. In 1974 it was replaced by the multicoated Carl Zeiss Distagon 35/2.8 HFT, which was manufactured under the license agreement at Rollei works in Germany and Singapore under the names of Rollei HFT Distagon 35mm f/2.8 and  Voigtlander Color-Skoparex 35mm f/2.8.

The lens was also available in QBM I modification with A/M aperture mode selector.


Posted by: kr555   Date of publication: 30.04.2013

Mechanical quality5.003
Optical quality4.673
Pricing / Value3.673
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Owner reviews: Carl Zeiss Distagon 35 mm f/ 2.8

purelightglow 20.10.2017 21:29:06
Period of use: 1 year


colour, contrast, resolution, flare handling


vignetting, mild colour fringing is good compared to many other new and old lenses but is more visable due to digital sensor capture vs film.


Rollei/Carl Zeiss QBM 35/2.8 on dslr is excellent and will take the same picture as the new canon 40mm 2.8. the canon will actually produce a slightly sharper image if stared at magnified. And the Zeiss slightly darker shadows. focus control is one of the reasons I would choose this lens and not the canon