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ZEISS ZF Distagon/Planar DSLR Set (21-85mm)

Nikon or Canon Mount

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Carl Zeiss DSLR Prime Lens set (ZF Distagon/ZF Planar Nikon Mount). Includes 5 x Zeiss 35mm ZF Distagon/Planar Stills Prime lenses -21/T2.9, 28/T2.0, 35/T2.0, 50/T1.4 and 85/T1.4 focal lengths.

Compatible with all DSLR and large sensor cameras using suitable adapters/lens mounts.

VMI Zeiss sets have been modified to include a follow-focus ring which will allow an ARRI MFF1 follow focus to operate without attaching an external gear and the fronts have been modified to give a consistent 80mm donut size.

We can provide lens adapters to allow these lenses to work with Canon EOS cameras such as the Sony A7S Mk II, EOS 1D Mk IV and 5D Mk III at no additional charge - please request this when ordering.

Some people want to know why we have broken with tradition and do not supply a conventional 18, 25, 35, 50, 85mm set.  This is because these are not a speed-matched set with a common F stop, so this will become 18mm/F3.5 (slow), 25mm/T2.9, then 35mm/T2.0, & 50/85mm both T1.4 .  Instead a 21mm has T2.9, 28, 35mm are matched T2.0 and 50 & 85 are matched T1.4 which we find a better combination.  Also the jump between an 18mm and 25mm is quite large, besides which the 18mm vignettes with the 5D MkII/MkIII, so 21, 28, 35, 50, 85 is a happy compromise!

These lenses are also available in uncoated form.

Zeiss ZF Distagon/ZF Planar DSLR Prime Set

  • 21mm/T2.9 Zeiss ZF Distagon Prime lens
  • 28mm/T2.0 Zeiss ZF Distagon Prime lens
  • 35mm/T2.0 Zeiss ZF Distagon Prime lens
  • 50mm/T1.4 Zeiss ZF Planar Prime lens
  • 85mm/T1.4 Zeiss ZF Planar Prime lens

Front Element screw-in adapters

Note that VMI supplies all Zeiss ZF prime lenses with 80mm front element adapters, to allow them all to have a standard 80mm donut fitting for ease of using matte boxes.

However, these are removable to expose the original screw-in thread to fit screw-in adapters like the Genus variable ND screw-in filters.

However, the Zeiss ZF lenses are really inconsistent. 21mm (87mm); 28mm (64mm); 35mm (64mm); 50mm (66mm);  85mm (77mm).  So if clients want to use screw-in adapters, then we would recommend that they use Canon L_USM Prime lenses instead.

Distagon 21mm/T2.9

  • Aperture range f/2.8 – f/22 (1/ 2 stop intervals)
  • Number of elements / groups 16 /13
  • Focusing range 0.22 m (0.98 ft) – inf.
  • Angular field* (diag. / horiz.) 99 / 81
  • Coverage at close range 12.4 x 19 mm
  • Image ratio at close range 1:12
  • Diameter** 87 mm (3.4")
  • Weight** 600g
  • 80mm donut (VMI Mod)

Distagon 28mm/T2

  • Aperture range f/2 – f/22
  • Focusing range 0.24 m – infinity
  • Number of elements/groups 10/8
  • Angular field, diag./horiz. 74°/65°
  • Coverage at close range 18 x 12 cm
  • Dimensions (with caps) ø 64 mm, length 93 mm
  • Weight 520 g
  • 80mm donut (VMI Mod)

Distagon 35mm/T2

  • Aperture range f/2.0 – f/22 (1/2 steps)
  • Focusing range 0,3 m – infinity
  • Number of elements/groups 9/7
  • Angular field, diag./horiz. 63°/54°
  • Coverage at close range 129 x 196 mm
  • Dimensions (with caps) ø 64 mm, length 97 mm
  • Weight 530 g
  • 80mm donut (VMI Mod)

Planar 50mm/T1.4

  • Aperture range f/1.4 – f/16 (1/2 steps)
  • Focusing range 0,45 m – infinity
  • Number of elements/groups 7/6
  • Angular field, diag./horiz. 45.4°/38.4°
  • Coverage at close range 16 x 24 mm
  • Dimensions (with caps) ø 66 mm, length 69 mm
  • Weight 350 g
  • 80mm donut (VMI Mod)

Planar 85mm/T1.4

  • Aperture range f/1,4 – f/16 (1/2 steps)
  • Focusing range 1 m – infinity
  • Number of elements/groups 6/5
  • Angular field, diag./horiz. 28.6°/24°
  • Coverage at close range 24 x 36 cm
  • Dimensions (with caps) ø 77 mm, length 85 mm
  • Weight 600 g
  • 80mm donut (VMI Mod)

Designed specifically for DSLR Cameras such as the Canon EOS 7D and 5D MkII and also compatible with AF-101 and PMW-F3 with suitable adapters available from VMI and also Letus Ultimate 35mm adapter for small cameras.

Carl Zeiss DSLR Prime set ZF Distagon/ZF Planar Nikon or Canon EOS Mount.  Set includes: 21/T2.9, 28/T2.0, 35/T2.0, 50/T1.4 and 85/T1.4

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