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Zeiss Wide Angle 28mm f/2.8 Biogon T* ZM Manual Focus Lens for Zeiss Ikon and Leica M Mount Rangefinder Cameras - Silver

You Pay: $1,087.00

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 28mm f/2.8 Biogon T* ZM offers a popular wide-angle view, and has a minimum focusing distance of 1.8' (0.5 m). Ideal for travel, landscapes and cityscapes.

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 1:16
Angle of View 75 degrees
Groups/Elements 6/8
Length Not specified
Maximum Diameter Not specified
Weight 7.8 oz (220 g)
Zeiss Wide Angle 28mm f/2.8 Biogon T* ZM Manual Focus Lens for Zeiss Ikon and Leica M Mount Rangefinder Cameras - Silver
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    Zeiss28mm f/2.8 ZM Lens - Silver
     
    4.8

    (based on 9 reviews)

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    100%

    of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

    Pros

    • Consistent output (8)
    • Strong construction (7)
    • Durable (6)
    • Fast / accurate auto-focus (3)
    • Lightweight (3)

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Landscape/scenery (5)
      • General purpose (3)
      • Night photography (3)
        • Reviewer Profile:
        • Photo enthusiast (3)
        • Was this a gift?:
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      5.0

      This Wide-Angle Shines on M9

      By Shutter Beast

      from Houston, TX

      About Me Semi-pro Photographer

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Consistent Output
      • Strong Construction

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Landscape/Scenery

        Comments about 28mm f/2.8 ZM Lens - Black:

        After several outings with this lens, I can say that it exceeds my expecations. It's very sharp from 2.8 up through f/16 - at its best from 5.6-8. It's a bit larger than expected, though doesn't intrude on the M9 OVF too much. Focusing is smooth and easy. Color representations are accurate and I haven't experienced much lens flare.

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        5.0

        Worth every cent

        By Perspicacious

        from Australia

        About Me Photo Enthusiast

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Consistent Output
        • Durable
        • Lightweight
        • Strong Construction

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Architecture
          • Landscape/Scenery

          Comments about 28mm f/2.8 ZM Lens - Silver:

          I bought this lens as part of a B&H package which included the lens (obviously!), a Zeiss Ikon camera body and the 25mm/28mm lens hood. The latter was a nice inclusion as Zeiss' lens hoods are not cheap.

          The construction of the lens is first class: silky smooth focus ring and a beautiful aperture ring requiring only the smallest effort to move between f-stops.

          The image results are fantastic.

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          (0 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

           
          4.0

          Great Lens

          By Perfectionist

          from Vancouver, Canada

          About Me Photo Enthusiast

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Consistent Output
          • Strong Construction

          Cons

          • Heavy but manageable
          • Large

          Best Uses

          • Landscape/Scenery

          Comments about 28mm f/2.8 ZM Lens - Black:

          Great lens, super sharp and very easy to focus. Filters are easy to add and remove. Size is a little larger than I expected on my Minolta CLE, but overall an extremely well built precision lens.

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          5.0

          Leica quality at Zeiss cost.

          By Xlagger

          from Alameda, CA

          About Me Photo Enthusiast

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          Pros

          • Consistent Output
          • Durable
          • Rugged
          • Strong Construction

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Landscape/Scenery
            • Weddings/Events

            Comments about 28mm f/2.8 ZM Lens - Black:

            I use this lens on my Leica M9 for Landscape and achitecture photography. It is very sharp at all arpertures. The Zeiss 28mm f/2.8 has great ergonomics but does obstruct the viewfinder somewhat.

            It has a silky-smooth, zero-play focus ring that you can easily turn with your fingertip. The arperture ring can be advanced or reduced at noticiple quarter-stop intervals, allowing you to make adjustments by merely counting clicks when in dark environments.

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            (6 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

             
            4.0

            Zeiss Silver Bullet

            By Nilrem

            from Queensland Australia

            Verified Buyer

            Comments about 28mm f/2.8 ZM Lens - Silver:

            My visual acuity requires well-spaced depth of field lines, which are a characteristic of Zeiss lenses. The silver versions are even easier to read than the black.
            The lens is compact and light . With the focus on 2 metres and the aperture set at f8 ,the DOF extends from 1.2 metres to 5 metres , making it ideal for rapid snapshooting. The focusing knob is useful as a guide. If it is pushed to the infinity stop and then eased back slightly,this sets the focus at 5 metres. With the knob pointing vertically down, the focus is 1.2 metres. Midway between these two positions it is about 3 metres ,thus enabling quick pre-setting of focus without looking through the viewfinder.
            The 28mm frame lines almost coincide with the edges of the viewfinder, so the whole viewfinder becomes the frame.
            I look for smooth helicoids with no backlash when focusing. In this respect the Biogon performs admirably. The aperture ring is somewhat stiff but I hope this will improve with use.
            The optical characteristics of Zeiss lenses are warm, with a three - dimensional quality, good resolution and contrast. The results I have obtained with the Biogon support this description
            I would have no hesitation in recommending this lens

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            5.0

            Wonderful!

            By Worg

            from DC

            About Me Semi-pro Photographer

            Verified Reviewer

            Pros

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

            Cons

              Best Uses

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

              Comments about 28mm f/2.8 ZM Lens - Black:

              I use this on my Sony NEX-5 and it's amazing quality just keeps on coming. Only complaint is that you can't focus closer than about 1-1/2 ft/ 1/2 meter, but I am usually using it for things at a distance. The build quality is excellent, it's great to feel that cold heavy metal in your hand and the size is perfect for the small NEX. I also tried the 50mm but I liked the 28mm better.

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              (15 of 15 customers found this review helpful)

               
              5.0

              Strong Performer

              By FG

              from NY

              About Me Hobbyist/Enthusiast

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Consistent Output
              • Durable
              • Sharp Focus

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • General Use

                Comments about 28mm f/2.8 ZM Lens - Black:

                I like this lens a lot. It's flare control is outstanding with nice 10 a pointed sunstar affect. It's actually sharper than what Zeiss's MTF graph led me to believe. By no means should this lens be judged on its published MTF graph when comparing it to the Leica Elmarit. The Zeiss is bigger and heavier, but its not too big. For the money, you cannot go wrong with this 28mm lens for your rangefinder.

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                (8 of 10 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                5.0

                Bravo Zeiss!!!!

                By panos

                from Los Angeles

                About Me Professional

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Consistent Output
                • Durable
                • Easily Interchangeable
                • Easy To Clean
                • Lightweight
                • Rugged
                • Sharp Focus
                • Strong Construction

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Back-Up
                  • General Use
                  • Night Photography

                  Comments about 28mm f/2.8 ZM Lens - Silver:

                  Amazing, smooth, precise, excellent... bravo Carl Zeiss...
                  I would buy anything i can from you guys!!
                  Super happy customer!

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                  (20 of 23 customers found this review helpful)

                   
                  5.0

                  Surprisingly Good

                  By Tecknos

                  from Moruya, NSW, Australia

                  About Me Professional

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Consistent Output
                  • Durable
                  • Sharp Focus
                  • Strong Construction

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Architecture
                    • General Use
                    • Night Photography
                    • Portraits

                    Comments about 28mm f/2.8 ZM Lens - Black:

                    I use Zeiss lens regularly on a Contax 645 camera and appreciate their quality and durability. The 28mm/f2.8 ZM lens was the first of the ZM range that I'd tried - and it is excellent. I'm using it on a Leica M8 - a camera I'm still getting used to. On the first outing, a walk though downtown Melbourne just after dawn when the street lights and shop windows were still on, it performed incredibly well with pin-sharp images, excellent tonal range and color rendition. I can't compare it with the more costly 28mm Leica lens for the M8, but for build quality, optical performance and durability, I don't feel I need to for the present anyway.

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