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ZeissSuper Wide Angle 18mm f/4 Distagon T* ZM Manual Focus Lens - Silver
 
4.2

(based on 10 reviews)

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80%

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Pros

  • Strong construction (7)
  • Durable (6)
  • Consistent output (4)
  • Lightweight (3)
  • Rugged (3)

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Landscape/scenery (5)
    • Landscape photography (3)
      • Was this a gift?:
      • No (5)

    Most Liked Positive Review

     

    Travel and Landscape Lens

    I can't find any fault with this lens when used with the Leica M8. There is virtually no drop in quality at the corners and edges of the photograph. I compared photographs made with...Read complete review

    I can't find any fault with this lens when used with the Leica M8. There is virtually no drop in quality at the corners and edges of the photograph. I compared photographs made with this lens, and the equivalent product from Nikon, and right away, I decided to sell the Nikon lens. This lens balances well with the M8, and it blends rather nicely with the camera body. I'm using a 25mm Voigtlander auxiliary viewfinder with this lens, and to compensate, I just envision an extra 2mm beyond the brightline square. Doing this, I don't miss a thing. If you will be using the 18mm Distagon in a full-frame or film rangefinder, you will need to use either the 18 or 20mm auxiliary viewfinder.
    Images made with this lens are incredibly detailed and lively. You do not get the feeling of looking through a piece of glass; it's as if nothing's between you and the subject. The depth of field is incredible, as to be expected at this focal length, so hyperfocal settings always produce crisp images. The lens comes with a great lens hood...vented, and it comes off only by pushing down and counterclockwise. The lens cap has great center-pinch-and outer rim release. The finish is flawless. I recommend this lens for travel, architecture, and landscapes.

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    Problems with magenta vignetting

    I bought the lens to use on a Leica M Typ 240. I wanted the lens for landscapes and it works beautifully under some lighting conditions. But depending on the angle of the lens...Read complete review

    I bought the lens to use on a Leica M Typ 240. I wanted the lens for landscapes and it works beautifully under some lighting conditions. But depending on the angle of the lens to the sun I was getting significant magenta vignettes. Other than that, the image quality is wonderful. I was sad about that because the price is so much better than the Leica lens price, but I just couldn't depend on the images so I have returned the lens.

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    4.0

    Nice super wide angle lens

    By Gabe

    from Rockville, MD

    About Me Photo Enthusiast

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Consistent Output
    • Durable
    • Easily Interchangeable
    • Strong Construction

    Cons

    • Poor in Low Light

    Best Uses

    • Landscape/Scenery

    Comments about Super Wide Angle 18mm f/4 Distagon T* ZM Manual Focus Lens - Black:

    I have this lens for my leica M9. Images are sharp under sunlight. Not suggest for poor light photos.

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    4.0

    great super wide from Zeiss

    By Jack

    from Tel Aviv, Israel

    About Me Semi-Professional

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Creative
    • Excellent build quality
    • Precision Tool

    Cons

    • Distortion
    • Vignetting

    Best Uses

    • Creative Photography
    • Geometric Shapes
    • Landscape Photography

    Comments about Super Wide Angle 18mm f/4 Distagon T* ZM Manual Focus Lens - Silver:

    I use the 18mm Distagon with my Leica M240
    It is a great wide angle for:
    Landscape / Seascape / Geometric forms
    It is less useful for urban and street photography, as the objects (people, buildings, signs, etc.) on the sides and corners are completely distorted
    Vignetting is not an issue with the M240, as the correct lens profile in Lightroom will completely remove it.
    A photographer friend of mine has the same lens, on a Sony A7r and the vignetting and purple fringing is much more pronounced and the lens profile in Lightroom is not able to correct it when used on the Sony A7r
    Very easy to compose with the 18mm using the EVF on the M240. As the DOF is rather large with this lens, it is easier and quicker to focus using the rangefinder than the EVF

    It is really a creative lens, especially when used from a low-perspective
    You will get amazing skies.

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    3.0

    Problems with magenta vignetting

    By Taoswoman

    from Taos, New Mexico

    About Me Professional

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Durable
    • Easy To Use
    • Lightweight

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Landscape Photography

      Comments about Super Wide Angle 18mm f/4 Distagon T* ZM Manual Focus Lens - Silver:

      I bought the lens to use on a Leica M Typ 240. I wanted the lens for landscapes and it works beautifully under some lighting conditions. But depending on the angle of the lens to the sun I was getting significant magenta vignettes. Other than that, the image quality is wonderful. I was sad about that because the price is so much better than the Leica lens price, but I just couldn't depend on the images so I have returned the lens.

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      • No

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      5.0

      Excellent lens

      By Stu

      from Danville, Va

      About Me Semi-pro Photographer

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

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

      Cons

        Best Uses

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

        Comments about Super Wide Angle 18mm f/4 Distagon T* ZM Manual Focus Lens - Black:

        Product used on a Leica M9. It uses available filters,amd is extremlyb sharp. Someday I hope to be able to purchase the Zeiss 18mm viewfinder for it.

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        • Yes

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        5.0

        Fantastic Lens!

        By Brett

        from Santa Barbara, CA

        About Me Photo Enthusiast

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Consistent Output
        • Durable
        • Rugged
        • Strong Construction

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Landscape/Scenery

          Comments about Super Wide Angle 18mm f/4 Distagon T* ZM Manual Focus Lens - Silver:

          Build quality is exceptional and the lens is amazingly sharp. My first Zeiss lens for my M9 and I would definitely consider buying others.

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          (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          Good ultra wide angle lens for M9

          By William

          from Tokyo

          About Me Pro Photographer

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Consistent Output
          • Lightweight
          • Strong Construction

          Cons

          • Poor in Low Light

          Best Uses

          • Landscape/Scenery

          Comments about Super Wide Angle 18mm f/4 Distagon T* ZM Manual Focus Lens - Black:

          I read a great deal about this lens before purchasing, particularly about the problem with sides and corners on the M9. The solution is to manually set the lens to 21 f/2.8 11134. Depending on the subject matter, at least for outdoors, the corner issue should be eliminated. In rare situations where it does not, Cornerfix would take care of it.

          Shooting indoor is not quite as recommended, as distortions can be quite visible, but that's true of almost all 18mm lenses. In terms of sharpness and colors, it's a beautiful lens.

          I didn't try it on other settings or on my M6, but the hood that comes with lens does not work with the M9 at 21mm setting, it blocks parts of the shot.

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          (5 of 17 customers found this review helpful)

           
          2.0

          i use it on a m9

          By rinze

          from new york

          About Me Pro Photographer

          Pros

          • Durable
          • Sharp
          • Strong Construction

          Cons

          • Bad color cast on a m9

          Best Uses

          • Architecture
          • Journalism
          • Landscape/Scenery

          Comments about Super Wide Angle 18mm f/4 Distagon T* ZM Manual Focus Lens - Black:

          it's amazing on a m8 but on a m9 you get very bad color cast on they out side of this lens :(

          its razor sharp

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          (13 of 13 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          Travel and Landscape Lens

          By Mark-B

          from California

          About Me Semi-Professional

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Quick Focus
          • Rugged
          • Sharp Focus
          • Strong Construction

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Architecture
            • Landscape Photography
            • Travel

            Comments about Super Wide Angle 18mm f/4 Distagon T* ZM Manual Focus Lens - Black:

            I can't find any fault with this lens when used with the Leica M8. There is virtually no drop in quality at the corners and edges of the photograph. I compared photographs made with this lens, and the equivalent product from Nikon, and right away, I decided to sell the Nikon lens. This lens balances well with the M8, and it blends rather nicely with the camera body. I'm using a 25mm Voigtlander auxiliary viewfinder with this lens, and to compensate, I just envision an extra 2mm beyond the brightline square. Doing this, I don't miss a thing. If you will be using the 18mm Distagon in a full-frame or film rangefinder, you will need to use either the 18 or 20mm auxiliary viewfinder.
            Images made with this lens are incredibly detailed and lively. You do not get the feeling of looking through a piece of glass; it's as if nothing's between you and the subject. The depth of field is incredible, as to be expected at this focal length, so hyperfocal settings always produce crisp images. The lens comes with a great lens hood...vented, and it comes off only by pushing down and counterclockwise. The lens cap has great center-pinch-and outer rim release. The finish is flawless. I recommend this lens for travel, architecture, and landscapes.

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            (6 of 7 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            Outstanding lens -

            By Fobbs

            from Germany - Bavaria

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Durable
            • Good Value
            • High Quality

            Cons

              Best Uses

                Comments about Super Wide Angle 18mm f/4 Distagon T* ZM Manual Focus Lens - Black:

                Provides excellent picture quailty on my Leica M8; works also fine with every old Leica M; used for landscapes and reportage; much better value compared to the original lenses

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                (10 of 13 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                4.0

                It is an excellent ZEISS lens !

                By Rolacach

                from Geneva, Szitzerland

                About Me Professional

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • All metal
                • Strong Construction

                Cons

                • Inaccurate Rangefinder
                • Too big too heavy

                Best Uses

                • Artwork
                • Interiors
                • Landscapes

                Comments about Super Wide Angle 18mm f/4 Distagon T* ZM Manual Focus Lens - Black:

                I don't like very much the use of external finder and this one is not as good as this for the 21mm. The bright lines are too chick.

                The quality of the construction is beautiful and the pictures are great.

                For me, this lens is too big and too heavy for a rangefinder body but the effect are very interesting.

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