Zeiss 35/1.4 AE and MM - ARE THEY THE SAME OPTICAL?

J

joseph_m

Im buying a 35mm 1.4AE german made lens.Is it as good as the newer MM lens.I don't use the program modes. So no need for the MM lens.
 

bobbl46

Well-Known Member
For most practical purposes, you will detect no difference in the end results. But, a few things to condider.......

1) The MM bayonet mount is considered (by some) to be slightly less physically robust....and before this starts a huge debate.....I do emphasize slightly.

2) The MM mount is designed to mark itself and the camera flange less than the AE, with repeated mount/dismount operations.

3) The etching of internal reflective surfaces is different with AE and MM lenses. Are the MM's superior in reflection control? Don't know, I've never tried a controlled test.

4) The aperture blade configuration on some lenses differ between AE and MM versions. MM lenses can have a "more" circular opening than the same setting on an AE.

5) Resale value may be a small consideration. People who use Shutter Priority or Program modes will want MM's.

6) MM's will usually be younger lenses! Obviously this has to balanced against use/abuse with individual specimens!

Cheers, Bob.
 
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