Reviews and Problems with Carl Zeiss Biogon T* 2,8/21 ZM
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DanT, B&H Photo
16 April 2014
Excerpt: I have number of Japanese Zeiss lenses and a German made 15mm . The fit, finish and optical design is excellent on all of them. The only complaint is some of the lenses have excess grease oozing out of the rear portion of the lens. I have had to clean this up with a toothpick and lens tissue. The 21mm is one of my favorites of the Zeiss line. Beautiful IQ. The attached photo was taken with a 6mp Epson RD1.
Summary: What's so surprisingly good about the Zeiss 21mm ZM lens is its sharpness across the frame. It's astonishing, honestly, to see how much sharpness you get within an image. I can pixel-peep my images from my M-E and see barely any distortion or fudging of details. Wide-open, it's even somewhat fast enough for available light photography. I wouldn't quite drop it under 1/25th, though. It's worth noting, however, that these lenses do not come with a 21mm finder.
Excerpt: I purchased this lens, on impulse, for a trip with my M9. I already own the incredible 28mm Summicron, but thought something a bit wider may be necessary, and the Leica 21 was not in stock (no surprise). I was not at all disappointed. This lens is incredibly sharp, edge to edge, even at 2.8! The color rendition is outstanding and it is built like fine instrument. The focus is silky smooth and well dampened. Flare is very well controlled.
Pros: Durable, Lightweight, Nice Bokeh, Rugged, Strong Construction
Excerpt: I have purchased and used on my M9 Leica's Summicron lenses at 35 and 50mm, and really appreciate them for their handling and sharpness, but chose to give this Zeiss wide angle lens a try after reading various reviews. I've used this 21mm a few times primarily for taking photos of historic homes in older neighborhoods where you often can't get far enough away to use 35 or 50mm lenses and get the whole subject in.
Pros: Consistent Output, Easily Interchangeable, Strong Construction
Summary: I recently purchased this item and was a bit dubious about my ability to use it properly. I can honestly relate that i am greatly pleased with this lens and have taken pictures that show detail very well and that show colors that are outstanding. It is every bit as good as I was told it would be. I am hopeful that I will have the pleasure of using it for many years.
Excerpt: First off.. this is a no compromise lens. Excellent, super sharp performance. Some online reviews say it's sharper than the Leica 21mm 2.8 which is over twice as much. I used this initially with my (cropped sensor) M8 as a 28mm and now I use it with an M9. Wide open, you will see vignetting but enabling the M9's in-camera 21mm lens profile cleans this up dramatically. Great for detailed landscapes and excellent for buildings and architecture.
Pros: Consistent Output, Durable, Easily Interchangeable, Lightweight, Rugged, Strong Construction
Excerpt: I took this lens with an M9 and a 5Dii with a 24TS2 downtown this morning. Both gave great results but I got more "wow" from the M9/21. No distortion for my eye. Plenty of room for my photographic skills to grow with this, but that's the right way around.