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Zeiss Super Wide Angle 21mm f/4.5 C Biogon T* ZM Manual Focus Lens - Black

You Pay: $1,201.00
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  • For Zeiss Ikon & Leica M Mount Rangefinder Cameras

The Zeiss 21mm f/4.5 C Biogon T* ZM Lens is a super wide angle lens designed for full integration with TTL-exposure metering. It has a minimum focusing distance of 1.8' (0.5 m), and offers ultra-sharp resolving power and next to zero distortion. Like its classic predecessor from 1952, the optical performance is stellar and destined to make the same history. Remarkably compact and lightweight, it is the ideal super wide angle lens for travel and outdoor photography.

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.

This lens is NOT recommended for use with Leica M9 rangefinder digital cameras. The angles of this lens are too steep for the sensor design and it results in a red color shift at the edge of the frame.

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 4.5-22
Minimum Focus Distance 1.8' (0.5 m)
Magnification 1:20
Angle of View 90°
Groups/Elements 6/8
Length 1.2" (31mm)
Maximum Diameter 2.1" (53mm)
Weight 6.7 oz (190 g)
Zeiss Super Wide Angle 21mm f/4.5 C Biogon T* ZM Manual Focus Lens - Black
  • Front & Rear Lens Caps
  • 2-Year Warranty
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    ZeissSuper Wide Angle 21mm f/4.5 C Biogon T* ZM Manual Focus Lens - Black
     
    5.0

    (based on 5 reviews)

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    of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

    Pros

    • Strong construction (5)
    • Lightweight (4)
    • Rugged (3)

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        5.0

        Phenomenal

        By Frit

        from Boulder, Co

        Pros

        • Consistent Output
        • Durable
        • Lightweight
        • Rugged
        • Strong Construction

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Infinite Dof
          • Landscape/Scenery

          Comments about Super Wide Angle 21mm f/4.5 C Biogon T* ZM Manual Focus Lens - Black:

          I have only used it on film bodies: M2 and M6. It is a masterpiece producing near medium format quality images. It is the equal of the famous Mamiya 6 50mm. It shares the Zeiss signature with their Hasselblad wide lenses, including the SWC. One could spend years with it and not exhaust its potential. Issues with digital cameras have been reported, but I don't care about that.

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          (6 of 7 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          Very Nice

          By Chip

          from East Coast USA

          About Me Photo Enthusiast

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          Pros

          • Easily Interchangeable
          • Rugged
          • Strong Construction

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Landscape/Scenery
            • Street photography

            Comments about Super Wide Angle 21mm f/4.5 C Biogon T* ZM Manual Focus Lens - Silver:

            This is a very high quality, sharp lens that shows almost no distortion and is sharp out to the corners. It is great for street use and is quick on the draw at smaller apertures in that use because of the amazing depth of field at this focal length.

            It is relatively slow, but that is part of the trade off for a somewhat lower price than its f2.8 cousin. I also bought the slower lens because I've been delighted by another f4.5 Biogon lens that I use in 6x6 format.

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            (8 of 10 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            Great Compact Travel Super Wide

            By Alcedo

            from Burlington, VT

            About Me Hobbyist/Enthusiast

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            Pros

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

            Cons

            • Low speed

            Best Uses

            • Building Interiors
            • General Use
            • Landscape Photography
            • Special Effects

            Comments about Super Wide Angle 21mm f/4.5 C Biogon T* ZM Manual Focus Lens - Silver:

            I have had the chrome version of this lens for a month now and used it on a Leica M in the UK and Germany together with a Voigtlander 21mm Finder. It quickly became one of my favorite M-mount lenses. Great for interiors, dynamic group shots and vistas (with interesting foregrounds). Compact rendering sharp and brilliant images.

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            (6 of 10 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            Another marvel from Zeiss Ikon.

            By Rolacach

            from Geneva, Switzerland

            About Me Pro Photographer

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            Pros

            • Lightweight
            • Quiet Operation
            • Strong Construction

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Action
              • Artwork
              • Every use
              • Photojournalism

              Comments about Super Wide Angle 21mm f/4.5 C Biogon T* ZM Manual Focus Lens - Black:

              It is my normal lens in all situations.

              I like this lens very much, with a little lenshood that you can find to Voigtlander.

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              (7 of 10 customers found this review helpful)

               
              5.0

              A marvel of optic.

              By Rolacach

              from Geneva, Switzerland

              About Me Pro Photographer

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Lightweight
              • Quiet Operation
              • Strong Construction

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Action
                • Artwork
                • Landscapes
                • Photojournalism
                • Portraits

                Comments about Super Wide Angle 21mm f/4.5 C Biogon T* ZM Manual Focus Lens - Black:

                I use this lens and his fantastic viewfinder to photograph landscape and sometimes portraits in their environment too.

                I can compare it with Zeiss lenses for Hasselblad, but with 35mm film: all metal, softness of the rings and above all quality of the transparencies.

                With a Zeiss Ikon rangefinder body and a 400 ASA Provia, each shot is a new pleasure.

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