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Zeiss Wide Angle 35mm f/2 Biogon T* ZM Manual Focus Lens for Zeiss Ikon and Leica M Mount Rangefinder Cameras - Silver

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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 35mm f/2 Biogon T* ZM is a small size wide-angle lens, and offers high speed, stunning resolving power and next to zero distortion. Ideal for travel, photojournalism, street photography, human-interest reportage (outdoors and indoors) and documentation.

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 43mm
f/Stop Range 2-22
Minimum Focus Distance 2.3' (0.7 m)
Magnification 1:18
Angle of View 63 degrees
Groups/Elements 6/9
Length Not specified
Maximum Diameter Not specified
Weight 8.5 oz (240 g)
Zeiss Wide Angle 35mm f/2 Biogon T* ZM Manual Focus Lens for Zeiss Ikon and Leica M Mount Rangefinder Cameras - Silver
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  • 2-Year Warranty
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    Zeiss35mm f/2 ZM Lens - Silver
     
    5.0

    (based on 7 reviews)

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    Pros

    • Durable (4)
    • Nice bokeh (4)
    • Strong construction (4)
    • Consistent output (3)
    • Easily interchangeable (3)

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Landscape/scenery (5)
      • Low light (4)
      • Night photography (4)
      • Weddings (3)
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      5.0

      A Truly Perfect Lens

      By TYuc

      from Rolla, MO

      About Me Photo Enthusiast

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      Pros

      • Consistent Output
      • Durable
      • Easily Interchangeable
      • Fast / accurate auto-focus
      • Lightweight
      • Nice Bokeh
      • Rugged
      • Strong Construction

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Indoors/Low Light
        • Landscape/Scenery
        • Macro Photography
        • Night Photography
        • Sports/Action
        • Video
        • Weddings/Events
        • Wildlife Photos

        Comments about Zeiss 35mm f/2 ZM Lens - Silver:

        This lens is crystal clear, extremely sharp, and has no distortion. It is the best lens I have.

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        5.0

        Pretty lens - even prettier results

        By Bruce A

        from Los Angeles, CA

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        Pros

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

        Cons

        • NONE

        Best Uses

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

        Comments about Zeiss 35mm f/2 ZM Lens - Silver:

        This is the finest lens in my collection of fast manual lenses - worth every penny of price. Useful on nearly every full-frame or APS-C mirrorless digital camera body with just a simple adapter (note: on APS-C the focal length will be about 53 mm). The 1/3 stop aperture click detents make precise exposure settings simple. Focus control is easy, ergonomic and precise. Image quality is astounding. The beautiful silver finish demonstrates the perfection of form and function that is this lens.

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        5.0

        Awesome Lens

        By AcroAv8r

        from Plano, TX

        About Me Semi-pro Photographer

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        Pros

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

        Cons

          Best Uses

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

          Comments about Zeiss 35mm f/2 ZM Lens - Silver:

          I am not sure why I waited in buying the Zeiss lenses. I loved the Contax G lenses and it only made sense. Right now, I have this attached to a Leica M2. It's movements are pretty smooth and the image quality lives up to its name.

          You'll love it.

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          5.0

          Amazing quality on the Nex-6

          By MeanGene

          from Charlotte, North Carolina

          About Me Photo Enthusiast

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          Pros

          • Durable
          • Excellent ergonomics
          • Nice Bokeh
          • Quality build
          • Strong Construction

          Cons

          • NONE

          Best Uses

          • Landscape/Scenery
          • Street photography

          Comments about Zeiss 35mm f/2 ZM Lens - Silver:

          I use this lens with a Sony Nex-6, so my comments are strictly from that point of view. The lens has been on the camera now for 8 months. It's been used for portraits, street shooting and landscapes and has performed flawlessly.
          Distortion is virtually non-existent. The rendering is lifelike and natural, along with crisp sharpness in the corners and pleasing bokeh. Since the Nex-6 is an APS-C camera, the effective focal length is 53mm so the images really capture the scene as you see it.
          Handling this lens is a joy. It reeks of quality from the first moment you pick it up. The aperture ring has zero play, and detentes are in 1/3rd stop increments. The focus ring is snug without offering resistance and can be moved with minimal effort. There is zero backlash. It's one of those rare mechanical devices that really does feel like an extension of your body. After a few days of shooting a quality lens like this control becomes instinctive and your view of plastic lenses will be forever changed.
          In Zeiss speak Biogon means a semi-symmetrical retro-focus design optimized for a flat field and low distortion. The trade off is that it's not a good choice for close up work. The minimum focus distance is about 28 inches, so not a good choice for macro photography. In my view, landscapes and street photography are where this gem shines.
          With the Nex-6 I mostly use the camera in Aperture Preferred mode which meters very accurately, even wide open. In a difficult lighting situation such as extreme contrast or very low light I use an appropriate aperture and set the ISO, then set the EVF display to show the histogram. With the histogram in the lower right corner of the viewfinder, the control wheel can be rotated to adjust the shutter speed until a balanced histogram is achieved. This is faster and easier than it sounds and gives excellent results. This option makes it easy to shift the histogram a little right or left depending on how you want to handle each shot, and avoids having the extra step of changing exposure compensation.
          I now think of the combination as an inexpensive Sony RX-1.

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          5.0

          Highly recommended

          By Leica user

          from Crown Point, Indiana

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          Pros

            Cons

              Best Uses

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

              Comments about Zeiss 35mm f/2 ZM Lens - Silver:

              I bought this lens and a 50mm f/2 Planar to replace a 50+ year old 50mm f/1.5 Summarit on my Leica M2. The Zeiss lenses are outstanding in quality and they are, in my opinion, every bit as good as Leitz lenses and much less expensive too. Focusing is smooth but tends to be a little "stiff" in cold weather. Image quality, even wide open, is outstanding.

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              5.0

              Very nice on the M9

              By zero

              from Seattle, Wa

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              Pros

              • Compact
              • Easy to Use
              • Great Picture Quality
              • Lightweight

              Cons

              • None

              Best Uses

              • Street
              • Travel

              Comments about Zeiss 35mm f/2 ZM Lens - Silver:

              What I love about this lens is the nice warm Zeiss coloring. And as a BIG plus, it is easier to prefocus and shoot quickly than it's Leica equivalent, not to mention, a much better price.

              I owned the Leica 35mm f/2, and while it produced more of the expected Leica bokeh wide open, it was very finicky to focus and one really had to concentrate for dead on accuracy or focus would be soft.

              I tested their famous f/1.4 at an event in LA, and found the 1.4 to be even more critical. Fabulous when you hit it and not so when you missed.

              I got this as a "last try" for a 35mm that would be as easy to use on the street as my Leica 28mm f/2.8 but in a 35mm format. I'm glad I tried that "last try" as this lens is great for fast real world shooting.

              Not as clinically sharp as the Leica, but easier to use, and (important to me) a wonderful warm Zeiss tone to the colors.

              As a bonus, it is even smaller than their lovely 21mm f/2.8 and has almost no intrusion in the viewfinder.

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              5.0

              A fantastic option for Leica M cameras

              By Cphotog

              from AL, USA

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              Pros

              • Fast Performance
              • Minimal Distortion

              Cons

              • Slightly blocks finder

              Best Uses

              • Formal photography
              • Modern photography
              • Street Photography

              Comments about Zeiss 35mm f/2 ZM Lens - Silver:

              This lens is an excellent option for any M Mount camera. The f2 max aperture is fast enough to be used indoors when paired with 400ISO film. Much of my formal photography involves repeating patterns or lines that run fully across the photo and this lens shows negligible distortion in such situations. The field of view also lends itself well to more modern styles such as street photography and environmental portraiture. In the Leica system where price can be a major concern this lens provides an excellent option at a much more reasonable price point, being approximately a third of the cost of the competing Leica 35mm f2 lens.

              The only possible gripe is that the lens protrudes slightly into the bottom right corner of the viewfinder of a .72x Leica M. While this is normal for fast wide lenses you still have to watch out for odd objects peeking into your photo. It's really just something to be aware of beforehand.

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