ZEISS C Biogon T* 35mm f/2.8 ZM Lens (Silver)

ZEISS C Biogon T* 35mm f/2.8 ZM Lens (Silver)

ZEISS C Biogon T* 35mm f/2.8 ZM Lens (Silver)

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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: 2.3'
  • Filter Thread: 43mm
  • 10-Blade Diaphragm
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Color: Silver

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Characterized by its sleek form factor and versatility, the silver C Biogon T* 35mm f/2.8 ZM from ZEISS is a notably compact wide-angle prime designed for M-mount rangefinder cameras. Its 'C' designation reflects the lens's compact form factor and classic optical design to produce imagery with true color fidelity and natural rendering. The Biogon optical concept helps to ensure virtually no distortion, and one anomalous partial dispersion element is also used to reduce chromatic aberrations and color fringing for improved clarity and color accuracy. Additionally, a T* anti-reflective coating has also been applied to reduce lens flare and ghosting for increased contrast in strong lighting conditions.

Type 'C' lens refers to this lens's classic aesthetic and exceptionally compact design.
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'.
In the Box
ZEISS C Biogon T* 35mm f/2.8 ZM Lens (Silver)
  • 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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    ZEISS 1486-394 specs

    Focal Length 35mm
    Maximum Aperture f/22
    Minimum Aperture f/2.8
    Camera Mount Type Leica M
    Angle of View 62°
    Minimum Focus Distance 2.3' / 70 cm
    Maximum Reproduction Ratio 1:17
    Optical Design 7 Elements in 5 Groups
    Diaphragm Blades 10
    Filter Thread 43mm
    Dimensions : 2.0 x L: 2.2" / : 52.0 x L: 55.0 mm
    Weight 7.1 oz / 200 g
    Packaging Info
    Package Weight 0.62 lb
    Box Dimensions (LxWxH) 4.7 x 4.3 x 3.1"

    ZEISS 1486-394 reviews

    C Biogon T* 35mm f/2.8 ZM Lens (Silver) is rated 4.8 out of 5 by 28.
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from Sharp, small lens This little lens is stunning. It is pretty short so it won't increase the width of your camera much. This is important as I have this mounted on a Sony NEX-3 and it is my carry around camera. The real key, however, is that the lens is sharp and wonderfully contrasty wide open. I have a Voigtlander that is the same size. It can open up to f/1.4 but it is pretty soft that wide. You have to stop it down pretty much to f/4 before it is as sharp as the Zeiss is at f/2.8 in the middle. It pretty much never catches up in the corners. So while it would be nice if it were a bit faster, I like that it is very, very good however I want to use it.
    Date published: 2010-12-19
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from I love this lens!!! I also have the Leica 35mm Summarit f/2.5 lens. The Zeiss 35mm f/2.8 Biogon C is equal in sharpness wide open to the Summarit. It renders a quality that I really like, especially in portraits. It appears to as well made as the Summarit. Only time will tell. I like the focusing knob on the Leica better, however, otherwise, I am very happy and quite pleased with this little jewel. Bokeh and contrast is also quite pleasing. I wished it came with lens hood and I also wished it had a 39mm filter thread. Oh well, those reasons are not enough to not to get this lens.
    Date published: 2011-07-25
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from Zeiss 35mm f/2.8 C Biogon T* ZM I have been using this lens on a Sony a7II body to take landscape shots in bright light and also to shoot indoors in dim lighting. Image quality is excellent. The lens is easy to focus and (when in focus) produces sharp images with great color across its entire aperture range. It is well constructed and is small and light. The one thing I despise about it (indeed it's an issue for me with all Zeiss lenses) is the front lens cap. My fingers are large on the ends and I can rarely remove the darn thing without dropping it because the grips (both) are so poorly designed. I plan to get a 2rd party cap for it.
    Date published: 2015-04-30
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great Lens at Modest Price I am using on my Leica M9 it has exceptional contrast, edge to edge sharpness,at any f/stop. It's relatively fast f/stop allows use of more natural light in portraits than with any other lens I own. I have also used it for photographing landscapes, buildings and construction sites. It has never done anything but make my work look great. It is compact and very lightweight, I enjoy using my hand meter for accurate readings, and I haven't had this much fun in years! The Black and White conversions made with this lens are comparable in tonality to darkroom printing.
    Date published: 2011-07-05
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Beautiful Lens Beautiful lens that is lightweight, well made, small in size, and perfect for my Leica M240. I use this lens handheld quite a bit for street photography as well as on a tripod for more 'formal' travel portraits. I've also used it as a supplemental landscape lens (in addition to my Zeiss 21mm ZM) and I've been very happy with the results. The lens produces stunning images. As a note, I had originally ordered the new 35mm f1.4 ZM but opted for the smaller size and price of this lens; and I do not regret that decision.
    Date published: 2015-03-12
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Modern optic design for classic pics! I owm a Leica M7 and M8.2 and I love these cameras as pro grade traveling cameras. I usually pack a 35mm and a 85/90mm with a tripod (with a multi raw pano. head) and a few filters to go around the World. With that, I can do everything with a very very small back pack (even 200M pixels Gigapans). After having bought the Zeiss ZF trilogy 21/35/100mm for my Nikon D700 from lens, I was so impressed that I decided to try ZM lenses on my Leicas, while keeping my Leica 35mm ASPH f2.0 and 90mm f2.8. Well, the results are clear. This Zeiss ZM is incredibly sharp at all apertures. The quality of the images delivered are perfect corner to corner. In a simple word, it is at the same level that the Leica equivalent, for 1/3 of the price. Now, I know that I can sell my used Leica lenses at a very good price... Not sure these Zeiss are going to keep their market value over the years. Fantastic products, I love it and I will keep it anyway. Thanks Zeiss!
    Date published: 2011-04-11
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from Lovely lens Bought it for my Leica M-E. Just superb. Lightweight, compact. Image quality and functional qualities are all phenomenal. Only downsides are (a) it has a dodgy lenscap -- tough to take on & off, (b) doesn't come with a lens shade and buying the proper one isn't inexpensive. It's for these reasons that it loses one rating star.
    Date published: 2016-04-17
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Best of the Best As far as the ultimate lens for a rangefinder, I'm using it with a Leica M6, this is it. I'd read in reviews (Rockwell) that this lens knocked the socks off its Leica counterpart, and it does! This lens new, still costs half what a used Leica Sumi does and smokes it. Cannot recommend this enough. I'll spare the comments on feel, build quality and mechanical performance; its a Zeiss!! Stunning, stunning, stunning! Zeiss win this one hands down.
    Date published: 2015-03-22
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