Reviews and Problems with Carl Zeiss Biogon T* 2,8/28 ZM
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This Wide-Angle Shines on M9
Shutter Beast, B&H Photo
16 June 2014
Excerpt: After several outings with this lens, I can say that it exceeds my expecations. It's very sharp from 2.8 up through f/16 - at its best from 5.6-8. It's a bit larger than expected, though doesn't intrude on the M9 OVF too much. Focusing is smooth and easy. Color representations are accurate and I haven't experienced much lens flare.
Excerpt: I bought this lens as part of a B&H package which included the lens (obviously!), a Zeiss Ikon camera body and the 25mm/28mm lens hood. The latter was a nice inclusion as Zeiss' lens hoods are not cheap. The construction of the lens is first class: silky smooth focus ring and a beautiful aperture ring requiring only the smallest effort to move between f-stops. The image results are fantastic.
Pros: Consistent Output, Durable, Lightweight, Strong Construction
Excerpt: Great lens, super sharp and very easy to focus. Filters are easy to add and remove. Size is a little larger than I expected on my Minolta CLE, but overall an extremely well built precision lens.
Excerpt: I use this lens on my Leica M9 for Landscape and achitecture photography. It is very sharp at all arpertures. The Zeiss 28mm f/2.8 has great ergonomics but does obstruct the viewfinder somewhat. It has a silky-smooth, zero-play focus ring that you can easily turn with your fingertip. The arperture ring can be advanced or reduced at noticiple quarter-stop intervals, allowing you to make adjustments by merely counting clicks when in dark environments.
Pros: Consistent Output, Durable, Rugged, Strong Construction
Excerpt: My visual acuity requires well-spaced depth of field lines, which are a characteristic of Zeiss lenses. The silver versions are even easier to read than the black. The lens is compact and light . With the focus on 2 metres and the aperture set at f8 ,the DOF extends from 1.2 metres to 5 metres , making it ideal for rapid snapshooting. The focusing knob is useful as a guide. If it is pushed to the infinity stop and then eased back slightly,this sets the focus at 5 metres.
Excerpt: I use this on my Sony NEX-5 and it's amazing quality just keeps on coming. Only complaint is that you can't focus closer than about 1-1/2 ft/ 1/2 meter, but I am usually using it for things at a distance. The build quality is excellent, it's great to feel that cold heavy metal in your hand and the size is perfect for the small NEX. I also tried the 50mm but I liked the 28mm better.
Excerpt: I like this lens a lot. It's flare control is outstanding with nice 10 a pointed sunstar affect. It's actually sharper than what Zeiss's MTF graph led me to believe. By no means should this lens be judged on its published MTF graph when comparing it to the Leica Elmarit. The Zeiss is bigger and heavier, but its not too big. For the money, you cannot go wrong with this 28mm lens for your rangefinder.
Excerpt: I use Zeiss lens regularly on a Contax 645 camera and appreciate their quality and durability. The 28mm/f2.8 ZM lens was the first of the ZM range that I'd tried - and it is excellent. I'm using it on a Leica M8 - a camera I'm still getting used to. On the first outing, a walk though downtown Melbourne just after dawn when the street lights and shop windows were still on, it performed incredibly well with pin-sharp images, excellent tonal range and color rendition.
Pros: Consistent Output, Durable, Sharp Focus, Strong Construction
Summary: Simply superb---the warmth of colour rendering and unbelievable sharpness are unbelievable.The rendered detail on each shot is exceptional. I am so glad I bought this product. The only negative comment I could make is that there is a little cut-off in the viewfinder lines in one corner of both the M6 and M9, but it is no great problem.