Reviews and Problems with Carl Zeiss C Biogon T* 2,8/35 ZM
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DanTheMan, B&H Photo
2 weeks ago
Excerpt: This is my third copy of this lens. All three have been optically fantastic! That's the only reason I gave this lens another chance. The first copy would barely fit on the Leica M Mount. The second one had a sticky focus ring and just had a cheap feel to it--everything felt loose. I was so mad, I wrote Zeiss. This third copy however is great! Sharp, focuses smoothly, and accurately on my rangefinder, and fits like a glove. For the price, I have no complaints!
Francisco Solareslarrave "Professor with a ca..., Amazon
22 October 2014
Summary: Excellent lens to use with a Leica camera! I like the finish, contrast and overall performance... even if my absolute 35mm lens is the 35mm f1.4 Nokton, by Cosina-Voigtländer. This one is now attached to my Leica M4-2, and they're a combination made in heaven in terms of handling and ergonomics. I have yet to develop the film, but, since I have another Zeiss lens (identical to this, but in silver), I know that the results will be quite satisfactory.
Summary: I've had no color issues with this lens as reported by another user. Using mine on the Leica M-E. This has quickly become my favorite lens. Wide open at 2.8 it's already as sharp at my Leica ASPH Cron at 2.8. with no noticeable vignetting. Try the 28mm profiles on the M9/M-E. Smooth background blur when used close at large apertures. Appreciate how might lighter it is than the ASPH. Balances so well on the M-E/M9.
Summary: Simply one amazing lens. I have demoed, reviewed and tested every Zeiss lens made, and this is one of my favorites. May not be the fastest in my bag, but is definitely one of the smallest, sharpest I own.
Summary: I read a dozen reviews of this lens before I bought it and literally thought I'd get Leica performance at a third of the price... Well, that didn't happen. There's a red color shift to the left side of the pictures that is rather irritating(as well as some other color issues with reds and greens). Unfortunately the reviews of I read failed to mention this. It can be corrected with software or by just shooting in B&W, but my other lenses have not had this problem.
Excerpt: I wanted to get a back-up 35mm lens to use with my Leica CL & M2. This lens is nothing short of astounding. It equals the performance of the Leica 35mm f/2.0 pre-asph Summicron. I have a Summicron, and I did side-by-side comparisons.The Biogon is extremely well built, with smooth focusing and f/stop detents. Small profile, slightly longer than the Summicron. Light-weight. I use this as an everyday, walkabout lens. I could easily use it as a travel lens.
Excerpt: This review is from a few days of shooting with this lens on the new Leica M240. The first thing to notice with this lens are the ergonomics. It is compact, solidly built, and as smooth as any of my three other Summicrons. Frankly, I did not notice any difference that would make me think I did not have Leica-quality lens on my camera. Zeiss has done a great job with the lens and it feels right at home on a Leica M. My first set of photos was also great.
Pros: Lightweight, Nice Bokeh, Rugged, Strong Construction
Excerpt: The Biogon is a perfect gem of a lens -- compact, all metal, built to exacting standards. It's just about as perfect as an f/2.8 lens can get. I had been dithering between this lens and the slightly larger Zeiss 35mm f/2. And I'm glad that I bought this one. Its size makes an entirely inconspicuous kit when coupled with one of those plain black Voigtlanders. Which makes it, in turn, perfect for classic rangefinder-style street shooting.
Pros: Durable, Easily Interchangeable, Lightweight, Strong Construction