ZEISS Distagon T* 18mm f/4 ZM Lens (Silver)

ZEISS Distagon T* 18mm f/4 ZM Lens (Silver)

ZEISS Distagon T* 18mm f/4 ZM Lens (Silver)

B&H # ZE184S MFR # 1440-731
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Product Highlights

  • Leica M-Mount Lens
  • Aperture Range: f/4 to f/22
  • Three Low Dispersion Elements
  • ZEISS T* Anti-Reflective Coating
  • Manual Focus Design
  • Minimum Focus Distance: 1.6'
  • Filter Thread: 58mm
  • 10-Blade Diaphragm
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A versatile wide-angle prime designed for M-mount rangefinder cameras, the silver Distagon T* 18mm f/4 ZM Lens from ZEISS provides an immense 98° angle of view to suit photographing wide-open expanses or tight, narrow interior locations with dimensional fidelity. Employing a Distagon optical design, distortion is significantly reduced for a realistic portrayal of scenes and both brightness and sharpness are maintained from edge to edge and three anomalous partial dispersion glass elements are also used to help control chromatic aberrations and color fringing for improved clarity and color fidelity throughout the aperture range. A T* anti-reflective coating has been applied to individual lens elements to control flare and ghosting when working in strong lighting conditions for increased contrast and color neutrality. Additionally, the lens's manual focus design permits working with subjects as close as 1.6' away.

Employing a Distagon optical concept, this lens delivers virtually distortion-free performance that pairs well with the broad angle of view.
Three anomalous partial dispersion elements reduce 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 1.6'.
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ZEISS Distagon T* 18mm f/4 ZM Lens (Silver)
  • 58mm Front Lens Cap for SLR Lenses
  • Rear Lens Cap for ZM-Mount Lenses
  • Dedicated Lens Hood for Distagon T* 18mm f/4 Lens
  • Limited 2-Year Warranty, Extendable to 3 Years with Online Registration
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    ZEISS 1440-731 specs

    Focal Length 18mm
    Maximum Aperture f/22
    Minimum Aperture f/4
    Camera Mount Type Leica M
    Angle of View 98°
    Minimum Focus Distance 1.6' / 50 cm
    Maximum Reproduction Ratio 1:23
    Optical Design 10 Elements in 8 Groups
    Diaphragm Blades 10
    Filter Thread 58mm
    Dimensions : 2.6 x L: 1.9" / : 65.0 x L: 47.0 mm
    Weight 11.3 oz / 320 g
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    Package Weight 1.05 lb
    Box Dimensions (LxWxH) 5.354 x 4.488 x 4.488"

    ZEISS 1440-731 reviews

    Distagon T* 18mm f/4 ZM Lens (Silver) is rated 4.0 out of 5 by 11.
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Good ultra wide angle lens for M9 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.
    Date published: 2011-03-13
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from 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 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.
    Date published: 2009-04-05
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from It is an excellent ZEISS lens ! 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.
    Date published: 2008-07-22
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Outstanding lens - 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
    Date published: 2009-01-13
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from great super wide from Zeiss 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.
    Date published: 2014-03-31
    Rated 2 out of 5 by from A sharp lens, BUT... I bought this lens for use with my Leica M-P 240. At first I was pretty enthused about the lenses quality, a Zeiss in the end... But, after three weeks of working with it, it became obvious that it was a bad idea to spend money on this lens, intended to become the super wide end of my arsenal. Vignetting was OK, but this lens show pretty heavy diffraction in form of purple fringing, which isn't always easy to correct in Lightroom or Photoshop. I contacted Carl Zeiss customer service in Germany (where I live) and was recommended to use certain correction settings of my camera. It did not help in any way. In the end I tried all of the cameras the super wide correction settings to no avail. Always purple fringing. In the end I got rid of that lens and bought the lens I should have bought in the first place: The Leica Super-Elmar-M 18mm. The Leica lens is worth every penny, way better mechanical quality, sharper images, less vignetting and no purple fringing at all! The Zeiss 18mm lens might be OK when used on a non-Leica, APSC sensor camera body, but it is better to stay away from it when shooting Leica M cameras. A lesson learned: Zeiss isn't always nice.
    Date published: 2015-06-09
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Fantastic Lens! Build quality is exceptional and the lens is amazingly sharp. My first Zeiss lens for my M9 and I would definitely consider buying others.
    Date published: 2011-08-02
    Rated 3 out of 5 by from 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 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.
    Date published: 2014-01-22
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