A classic wide-angle prime for M-mount rangefinders, the silver 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.
- Leica M-Mount Lens
- Aperture Range: f/2.8 to f/22
- One Low Dispersion Element
- ZEISS T* Anti-Reflective Coating
ZEISS Biogon T* 28mm f/2.8 ZM Overview
ZEISS Biogon T* 28mm f/2.8 ZM Specs
|Lens Mount||Leica M|
|Angle of View||75°|
|Minimum Focus Distance||1.6' / 50 cm|
|Macro Reproduction Ratio||1:16|
|Optical Design||8 Elements in 6 Groups|
|Focus Type||Manual Focus|
|Filter Size||46 mm (Front)|
|Dimensions (ø x L)||2.02 x 2" / 51.3 x 51 mm|
|Weight||7.8 oz / 220 g|
|Package Weight||0.685 lb|
|Box Dimensions (LxWxH)||4.7 x 4.15 x 3.15"|
ZEISS Biogon T* 28mm f/2.8 ZM Reviews
Based on reviews on B&H I bought this lens! Love it!!
Beautiful solid lens
We expect this from Zeiss and they never fail to deliver.
I have been using this lens with my Leica M246 Mono. The lens is compact and light-weight. The images have been sharp and demonstrate good contrast. Focusing is smooth and precise. So far, it has proven to be reasonable lower cost option to the Leica 28 mm. On the negative side, the hood should have been included.
Sharp as a tack and built like a tank.
This is a great lens.
I love it. Use it on my M246 and also my M10-D. Sharp, contrast my and just beautiful. Well built, smooth focus etc. Just buy it already !
I wanted to take the time to write a review for this lens because of how much joy this lens has brought me over the past five months of shooting with it. I use the lens on a Leica M4 and M6 and use a Voigtlander external finder which makes a big difference. Most of my shots are around f/5.6-8 and this lens really shines when looking at the beautiful images that it creates. A lot of people look down on this specific lens and tend towards the current Leica 28mm ASPH. I can say with confidence that you will not go wrong with this lens. I have been a 50mm shooter for the past few years, a fan of shooting street scenes with a tight and intimate frame, but when traveling for a few weeks recently through Asia, I found that the 28mm lens was on my camera the most. This lens pairs well with a 50mm and I usually carry it with a 50mm Summicron or a 50mm Zeiss f/1.5. This lens is the same size as the Zeiss 50mm and I can only tell them apart at a glance by looking at the lens hood. The 50mm Zeiss is known as being a compact lens, so it is interesting to hear that people view this 28mm lens as sooo big. It is bigger than the small 28mm Leica, but it is so much cheaper, and the big thing that no one seems to hype up, is the fact that the Zeiss zone-focuses down to .5m. That allows you to have compositions that wouldnt be possible with the Leica. Additionally, the lens is quite flare resistant, and in the very, very limited cases when it does flare you dont get any weird shapes or artifacts. The 25mm Zeiss is sharper, but the 28mm is a much more controllable lens - especially on a rangefinder - and easier to handle for 90% of people than its wider brothers. I have this lens, the 35mm f/2 and the 50mm f/1.5 from Zeiss, and they are the lenses that I often find myself reaching for first. The 28mm is an extremely versatile focal length, and I love the feeling that it gives to an image when photographing a scene with people in it. Working with subjects about 3-5 feet away lead to dynamic compositions without the uncomfortable distortion to faces and limbs that comes with wider lenses. You still have to watch your horizon line and make sure you arent too off center with a 28mm, but unlike with wider focal lengths, it is still fairly easy to control on a film rangefinder (no live-view).
Buy It, You'll Love It
I had great experiences with the Biogon 28mm variant with my Contax G system and assumed that this would also work well. I was correct. Almost imperceptible distortion and tack sharp. Balances nicely on my varied bodies. Great build quality and continues my satisfaction with the ZM line-up.
I chose this lens because the design has not changed since the 1930's - only glass quality. It is the type of lens used by many photographers of that period and yield a great photograph still today.
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