ZEISS Biogon T* 35mm f/2 ZM Lens (Black)

ZEISS Biogon T* 35mm f/2 ZM Lens (Black)

ZEISS Biogon T* 35mm f/2 ZM Lens (Black)

B&H # ZE352B MFR # 1365-659
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Product Highlights

  • Leica M-Mount Lens
  • Aperture Range: f/2 to f/22
  • One Low Dispersion Element
  • ZEISS T* Anti-Reflective Coating
  • Manual Focus Design
  • Minimum Focus Distance: 2.3'
  • Filter Thread: 43mm
  • 10-Blade Diaphragm
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Color: Black

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Positioned as an all-around versatile lens for general shooting applications, the black Biogon T* 35mm f/2 ZM from ZEISS is a flexible wide-angle prime for M-mount rangefinder cameras. Using a Biogon optical concept, along with one anomalous partial dispersion element, distortion is virtually eliminated and chromatic aberrations and color fringing are well-controlled for a clean, realistic image quality. A T* anti-reflective coating has also been applied to minimize lens flare and ghosting, and, additionally, the lens's manual focus design permits working with subjects as close as 2.3' 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 reduces chromatic aberrations and color fringing for improved color accuracy and clarity.
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 2.3'.
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ZEISS Biogon T* 35mm f/2 ZM Lens (Black)
  • 43mm Front Cap for ZM Lenses
  • Rear Lens Cap for ZM-Mount Lenses
  • Limited 2-Year Warranty, Extendable to 3 Years with Online Registration
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    • 1Description
    Focal Length 35mm
    Aperture f/2 to f/22
    Camera Mount Type Leica M
    Angle of View 63°
    Minimum Focus Distance 2.3' / 70 cm
    Reproduction Ratio 1:18
    Optical Design 9 elements in 6 groups
    Diaphragm Blades 10
    Focus Manual
    Filter Thread 43 mm
    Dimensions Length: 2.2" / 56 mm
    Weight 8.5 oz / 240 g
    Packaging Info
    Package Weight 0.7 lb
    Box Dimensions (LxWxH) 4.6 x 4.1 x 3.2"
    Biogon T* 35mm f/2 ZM Lens (Black) is rated 4.8 out of 5 by 35.
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Awesome lens with Sony NEX-5N camera Colors are wonderfully vibrant and the sharpness is also very good wide open although the depth of field is narrow as expected when wide open. I love how pictures look with this lens compared to my Sony 18-200mm e-mount lens or my Sigma 10-20mm a-mount lens. I haven't had a chance to compare it to the 24mm Zeiss e-mount lens yet but I thankfully will be able to soon. Note that so far vignetting hasn't been a problem and I haven't seen any color shifting problems with my NEX-5N. Highly recommended! Note that I am not a professional photographer but I do appreciate higher quality glass. My previous camera was the Nikon D700 with only Nikon lenses.
    Date published: 2012-01-09
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from superb lens for M9, unbelievable bargain I may be the only person in the world who thinks this lens is optically superior in any way to the 35 Summicron, but there you have it. I've owned and used both lenses as my primary walkaround on my M9, I sold the Leica, I still have the Zeiss. When I look back at 35 Cron images and this lens' images, I always feel like I made the right choice. If I had to pin down the reason why, I would say the color rendition of the Zeiss is just phenomenal. For B&W images, the Leica and Zeiss I find very similar. I strongly recommend storing the Zeiss lens cap and getting a Schneider 47 mm push-on cap, as I've found it to be much more secure. I use the 35/2 non-ASPH profile on the M9 with great results. Mechanical construction and function is first rate, ergonomics are wonderful.
    Date published: 2011-06-01
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great Lens! Bought this lens for my M8 camera. Was nervous about buying a non-coded lens for this camera because of all of the comments and reviews of the M8. However, after receiving the lens and taking pictures with it, all my concerns went away. I have no issues with color casting and the lens provides tack sharp images at all apertures. I have only had the lens a couple of weeks and I have taken some great pictures. The lens is built solid and it is comparable in size to the equivalent Leica lens (slightly longer). The focus ring has a super-smooth operation and the aperture/distance markings are easy to use and read. This will not be my last Zeiss lens. I am already researching my next one.
    Date published: 2010-10-03
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from If it is made by Zeiss, it must be good! I use this Zeiss Lens in my Leica M6 camera, in fact, all of my lenses for the M6 are non-Leica but all Carl Zeiss Lenses. I have the ff. lenses: 21 f/2.8, 28 f/2.8, 35 f/2 and 50 f/2. My first encounter with Zeiss lenses was with my Contax G2 and because I have been so impressed with the contrast and clarity of the pictures, I decided to use Zeiss instead of Leica. The lenses are made by the same Japanese company Cosina who has proven that they can compare, if not surpass, the German quality and at a more reasonable price.
    Date published: 2010-05-04
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from Tried this and the 50 Planar Wonderfully sharp images from both lenses, especially the 35, with good build quality and a nice, compact design. Wasn't too happy with the narrow, somewhat awkwardly placed focus and aperature rings. Had trouble locating the focusing ring with the camera to my eye, or at least getting a good grip on it. The raw barrel end requires a hood as it is unsightly without it. Much prefer Leica's version for ease of use and sheer beauty. The Zeiss are a good value, yet I feel the Leica is worth reaching for dollar-wise.
    Date published: 2015-03-27
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from Excellent at less than 1/2 Leica $ This is an excellent lens. I use it on my Leica M(240)-P. I seriously considered the 35 Summicron but even used that lens is close to 2 1/2 times the price of this lens. The Leica is slightly smaller but I don't see a significant difference. The Leica is 6-bit coded but that advantage is lessened now that you can manually select a lens. This lens focuses well with the range finder. It is very solidly built. It produces terrific color and good contrast for B/W. It has no detectible distortion. At 1/2 to 1/3 the price, it is a no brainer.
    Date published: 2014-12-11
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from outstanding lens This is my 'standard' lens on my Zeiss Ikon. It is used for about 75-80% of my shooting, which consists of street, environmental portraiture, landscapes, abstracts and quotidian life. It has a very solid build quality: hefty (without being heavy), smooth focus, positive clicks for the aperture stops (in 1/3rd stop increments). My results with it have been wonderful in both color and black and white. Some people have complained that it is a tad too high-contrast for black and white work, but I do not find it so (this may be because I use a highlight-restraining two-bath developer for my black and white up to 400 ISO). I love the Biogon's sharpness, distortion-free rendering, and its focus fall-off. Bokeh too is very fine. And as a bonus, it is highly flare-resistant even without the lens hood. My two complaints are: (a) with the lens shade on it is not a compact lens and (b) the lens cap is just awful...hard to put on and almost impossible to seat properly with the lens shade mounted. Highly recommended!
    Date published: 2008-08-11
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Worth Every Penny I bought this lens from B&H in August of 2009 for my trip to Europe. It has been my primary lens on my Leica M Rangefinder. The pics are very sharp with no noticeable distortion. The focus ring is buttery smooth and the aperture has firm uniform clicks. My main reasons for buying this lens instead of the Leica Summicron was the price, which is more than 3 times the price with hood included. I don't think there is a better 35mm rangefinder lens at this price period. Another plus is the 1/3 aperture stops.
    Date published: 2009-10-25
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