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)
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  • 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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    • 1Description
    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
    Packaging Info
    Package Weight 1.05 lb
    Box Dimensions (LxWxH) 5.354 x 4.488 x 4.488"
    Distagon T* 18mm f/4 ZM Lens (Silver) is rated 4.0 out of 5 by 3.
    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
    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 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
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