ZEISS Biogon T* 28mm f/2.8 ZM Lens (Black)

ZEISS Biogon T* 28mm f/2.8 ZM Lens (Black)

ZEISS Biogon T* 28mm f/2.8 ZM Lens (Black)

B&H # ZE2828B MFR # 1365-657
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Product Highlights

  • Leica M-Mount Lens
  • Aperture Range: f/2.8 to f/22
  • One Low Dispersion Element
  • ZEISS T* Anti-Reflective Coating
  • Manual Focus Design
  • Minimum Focus Distance: 1.6'
  • Filter Thread: 46mm
  • 10-Blade Diaphragm
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Color: Black

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ZEISS 1365-657 overview

  • 1Description

A classic wide-angle prime for M-mount rangefinders, the black Biogon T* 28mm f/2.8 ZM from ZEISS is a versatile lens well-suited to travel, landscape, and other documentary applications. Its Biogon optical design effectively eliminates distortion for well-corrected imagery and one anomalous partial dispersion element is used to reduce chromatic aberrations and color fringing for notable clarity. A T* anti-reflective coating has also been applied to individual elements to reduce lens flare and ghosting for greater color accuracy and contrast in strong lighting conditions. Additionally, the lens's manual focus design permits working with subjects as close as 1.6' away.

Biogon optical concept benefits the wide-angle focal length by helping to virtually eliminate distortion for clean, realistic rendering.
One anomalous partial dispersion element is used to minimize chromatic aberrations and color fringing for increased clarity and color accuracy throughout the aperture range.
ZEISS T* anti-reflective coatings have been applied to each lens surface to help minimize reflections in order to provide greater image clarity, contrast, and color fidelity.
Manual focus design enables a minimum focusing distance of 1.6'.
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ZEISS Biogon T* 28mm f/2.8 ZM Lens (Black)
  • 46mm Front Lens Cap for ZM Lenses rqbfsyrwwtwuvsyswsywrcuytd
  • Rear Lens Cap for ZM-Mount Lenses
  • Limited 2-Year Warranty, Extendable to 3 Years with Online Registration
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    ZEISS 1365-657 specs

    Focal Length 28mm
    Maximum Aperture f/22
    Minimum Aperture f/2.8
    Camera Mount Type Leica M
    Angle of View 75°
    Minimum Focus Distance 1.6' / 50 cm
    Maximum Reproduction Ratio 1:16
    Optical Design 8 Elements in 6 Groups
    Diaphragm Blades 10
    Filter Thread 46mm
    Dimensions L: 2.0" / L: 51.0 mm
    Weight 7.8 oz / 220 g
    Packaging Info
    Package Weight 0.6 lb
    Box Dimensions (LxWxH) 4.7 x 4.1 x 3.2"

    ZEISS 1365-657 reviews

    Biogon T* 28mm f/2.8 ZM Lens (Black) is rated 4.8 out of 5 by 12.
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Surprisingly Good 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.
    Date published: 2008-06-19
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Strong Performer 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.
    Date published: 2009-11-17
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from Zeiss Silver Bullet 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
    Date published: 2011-07-30
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Leica quality at Zeiss cost. 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.
    Date published: 2012-03-25
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Worth every cent 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.
    Date published: 2012-05-21
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from This Wide-Angle Shines on M9 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.
    Date published: 2014-06-16
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Bravo Zeiss!!!! Amazing, smooth, precise, excellent... bravo Carl Zeiss... I would buy anything i can from you guys!! Super happy customer!
    Date published: 2008-06-23
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Wonderful! 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.
    Date published: 2011-03-18
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