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Zeiss Super Wide Angle 21mm f/2.8 Biogon T* ZM Manual Focus Lens for Zeiss Ikon and Leica M Mount Rangefinder Cameras - Silver

You Pay: $1,428.00

The Carl Zeiss range of T* ZM-mount lenses offers high standards in terms of performance, reliability and, of course, image quality. You can count on highly advanced flare control for crisp and brilliant images. And virtually zero geometric distortion, ensuring precise accuracy when reproducing shapes, especially useful when photographing products and architecture.

The Zeiss 21mm f/2.8 Biogon T* ZM is a super-wide angle lens designed for high-speed performance and full integration with TTL-exposure metering. It has a minimum focusing distance of 1.8' (0.5 m), and offers high speed, stunning resolving power and next to zero distortion. It lets you shoot demanding architectural interiors, and is perfect for extreme landscapes, inspiring architecture and demanding interiors.

1/3 stop interval click stops allows for exact exposure
Precise 10 bladed aperture creates pleasing unfocused highlights
Wear resistant filter mount for long-term reliability in tough conditions
Filter Size 46mm
f/Stop Range 2.8-22
Minimum Focus Distance 1.8" (0.5 m)
Magnification 1:21
Angle of View 90 degrees
Groups/Elements 7/9
Length Not specified
Maximum Diameter Not specified
Weight 10.6 oz (300 g)
Zeiss Super Wide Angle 21mm f/2.8 Biogon T* ZM Manual Focus Lens for Zeiss Ikon and Leica M Mount Rangefinder Cameras - Silver
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    Zeiss21mm f/2.8 ZM Lens - Silver
     
    4.9

    (based on 13 reviews)

    Ratings Distribution

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    100%

    of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

    Pros

    • Strong construction (10)
    • Durable (6)
    • Consistent output (5)
    • Lightweight (5)
    • Rugged (4)

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Landscape/scenery (7)
      • Low light (3)
        • Reviewer Profile:
        • Photo enthusiast (5), Pro photographer (3)
        • Was this a gift?:
        • No (10)

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      (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Beautiful Lens

      By DanT

      from NE US

      About Me Photo Enthusiast

      Verified Reviewer

      Pros

      • Durable
      • Rugged
      • Strong Construction

      Cons

        Best Uses

          Comments about 21mm f/2.8 ZM Lens - Black:

          I have number of Japanese Zeiss lenses and a German made 15mm . The fit, finish and optical design is excellent on all of them. The only complaint is some of the lenses have excess grease oozing out of the rear portion of the lens. I have had to clean this up with a toothpick and lens tissue.

          The 21mm is one of my favorites of the Zeiss line. Beautiful IQ. The attached photo was taken with a 6mp Epson RD1.

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          (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          Done deal

          By dab lee

          from oakland

          About Me Semi-pro Photographer

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Consistent Output
          • Durable
          • Easily Interchangeable
          • Nice Bokeh
          • Rugged
          • Strong Construction

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Indoors/Low Light
            • Landscape/Scenery

            Comments about 21mm f/2.8 ZM Lens - Black:

            very small, narrow, and heavy duty lens.
            awesome.

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            • No

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            (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            Perfect companion

            By Coldmac

            from Oslo, Norway

            About Me Pro Photographer

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Consistent Output
            • Lightweight
            • Sharp
            • Strong Construction

            Cons

            • Must Have Viewfinder

            Best Uses

            • Landscape/Scenery
            • Weddings/Events

            Comments about 21mm f/2.8 ZM Lens - Black:

            Combined with viewfinder 21, this is the perfect companion for my Leica M9-P.

            Its crystal sharp from edge to edge, and with the f/2.8, it handles semi-dark conditions extremely well.

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            (3 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            Edge to Edge Sharpness like no other

            By Ronindog

            from Minneapolis, MN

            About Me Pro Photographer

            Pros

            • Durable
            • Lightweight
            • Nice Bokeh
            • Rugged
            • Strong Construction

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Indoors/Low Light
              • Landscape/Scenery

              Comments about 21mm f/2.8 ZM Lens - Black:

              I purchased this lens, on impulse, for a trip with my M9. I already own the incredible 28mm Summicron, but thought something a bit wider may be necessary, and the Leica 21 was not in stock (no surprise). I was not at all disappointed. This lens is incredibly sharp, edge to edge, even at 2.8! The color rendition is outstanding and it is built like fine instrument. The focus is silky smooth and well dampened. Flare is very well controlled. Do yourself a favor, save the money you are considering spending on a Leica and get this lens. With the money left over, go on a nice trip and use the lens!

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              (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

               
              4.0

              Compares well to Leica M lenses for M9.

              By JMO

              from Racine, Wisconsin USA

              About Me Photo Enthusiast

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Consistent Output
              • Easily Interchangeable
              • Strong Construction

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Landscape/Scenery

                Comments about 21mm f/2.8 ZM Lens - Black:

                I have purchased and used on my M9 Leica's Summicron lenses at 35 and 50mm, and really appreciate them for their handling and sharpness, but chose to give this Zeiss wide angle lens a try after reading various reviews. I've used this 21mm a few times primarily for taking photos of historic homes in older neighborhoods where you often can't get far enough away to use 35 or 50mm lenses and get the whole subject in. Results have been very good, nearly as impressive as my experience with the two Leica M lenses mentioned. Definitely a quality product all around.

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                (3 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                5.0

                Yes, do yourself a favour...get one!

                By jacko

                from OZ

                About Me Photo Enthusiast

                Pros

                • Consistent Output
                • Durable
                • Rugged
                • Strong Construction

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Landscape/Scenery

                  Comments about 21mm f/2.8 ZM Lens - Black:

                  I bought this lens and teamed it up with the Olympus E-P3...it acts like a 42mm/f2.8...it's a MAGIC COMBO.

                  It's so sharp, and the richness in the color is stunning.

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                  (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                   
                  5.0

                  As good as the write-ups say

                  By Robert

                  from Toronto

                  About Me Casual/ Recreational

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Accurate
                  • Strong Construction

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Architecture
                    • Interiors

                    Comments about 21mm f/2.8 ZM Lens - Silver:

                    I took this lens with an M9 and a 5Dii with a 24TS2 downtown this morning. Both gave great results but I got more "wow" from the M9/21.
                    No distortion for my eye.
                    Plenty of room for my photographic skills to grow with this, but that's the right way around.

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                    (8 of 9 customers found this review helpful)

                     
                    5.0

                    great lens

                    By rmkline

                    from Charleston, SC

                    About Me Photo Enthusiast

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                      Cons

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                          Comments about 21mm f/2.8 ZM Lens - Black:

                          I bought this for my M9 based on many positive online reviews, and a relative unwillingness to pay $6500 to try a Leica. I have to say I am absolutely delighted with it. I have already produced images so much to my liking that I suspect I will never part with it (and I've already parted with several Leicas). I haven't used a Leica 21, but this lens is every bit the equal (if not better) in the quality of images it produces of the Leica 28/2.8, 28/2, 35/2, 50/2, 50/1.4, and 75/1.4. That it is offered at the price it is is just ridiculous.

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                          (1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                           
                          5.0

                          Excellent lens for M9

                          By jarj

                          from Salt Lake City, Utah

                          About Me Casual/ Recreational

                          Verified Buyer

                          Pros

                          • Accurate
                          • Strong Construction

                          Cons

                            Best Uses

                              Comments about 21mm f/2.8 ZM Lens - Silver:

                              Very sharp all over at all apertures. Costs far less than comparable Leica lens. Full metal construction. Lens hood is extra and no coding.

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                              (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                               
                              5.0

                              Perfect Lens

                              By Mikaeru

                              from Placentia, CA

                              About Me Photo Enthusiast

                              Verified Buyer

                              Pros

                              • Consistent Output
                              • Durable
                              • Lightweight
                              • Nice Bokeh
                              • Sharp at all focal length
                              • Strong Construction

                              Cons

                              • Minor color shifting

                              Best Uses

                              • Indoors/Low Light
                              • Landscape/Scenery
                              • Night Photography

                              Comments about 21mm f/2.8 ZM Lens - Black:

                              I had this lens on my NEX-5 and the color satuation is everything I ever expect.

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                              (10 of 10 customers found this review helpful)

                               
                              5.0

                              works well on Sony NEX

                              By sidewaysluke

                              from ATL

                              About Me Pro Photographer

                              Verified Buyer

                              Pros

                              • Zeiss quality

                              Cons

                              • Heavy for size

                              Best Uses

                              • Landscape/Scenery

                              Comments about 21mm f/2.8 ZM Lens - Black:

                              This lens works well on my Sony NEX, without the color-shift issues of other wide rangefinder lenses. There is some vignetting, probably from the same sensor issue, but color shift is negligible. It has the usual Zeiss contrast and pop that's missing from the kit lenses. It needs a hood: a simple 46-37 step-down ring provides the right amount of shade for the 1.5x crop NEX sensor.

                              This lens will be on my NEX more or less permanently.

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                              (2 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

                               
                              5.0

                              Excellent

                              By Markus

                              from Minneapolis, MN

                              About Me Semi-Professional

                              Pros

                              • Durable
                              • Easy To Use
                              • Lightweight
                              • Reliable
                              • Very Nice Bokeh

                              Cons

                                Best Uses

                                • Landscape Photography
                                • Traveling

                                Comments about 21mm f/2.8 ZM Lens - Black:

                                Reportage and Street Photography

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                                (6 of 13 customers found this review helpful)

                                 
                                5.0

                                great lens

                                By gruntcamera

                                from Greenville, sc

                                About Me Professional

                                Verified Buyer

                                Pros

                                • Lightweight
                                • Optical quality
                                • Quiet Operation
                                • Strong Construction

                                Cons

                                  Best Uses

                                  • Photojournalism

                                  Comments about 21mm f/2.8 ZM Lens - Black:

                                  Reportage, great ens. It's very smooth and the detail is perfect. No negative comments

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