Reviews and Problems with Carl Zeiss C Biogon T* 4.5/21 ZM
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One of the Best 35mm Rangefinder Lenses Currently Available
John Kwok, Amazon
26 August 2014
Summary: I love this lens. This is among the best wide angle lenses I have ever used, sharp as a tack from corner and corner and showing virtually no distortion. I believe this lens is as stellar a performer as the 25mm and 28mm Biogon lenses that I also own and use on Leica M rangefinder cameras.
Excerpt: I have only used it on film bodies: M2 and M6. It is a masterpiece producing near medium format quality images. It is the equal of the famous Mamiya 6 50mm. It shares the Zeiss signature with their Hasselblad wide lenses, including the SWC.
Summary: Got this (but not on Amazon) for use with my M6 and M2 Leica's in conjunction with the Leica 21,24 and 28mm external viewfinder. (A viewfinder is a must.) This lens is in the same class as the Mamiya 6 50mm and the Zeiss/Hasselblad super-wides.
Excerpt: This is a very high quality, sharp lens that shows almost no distortion and is sharp out to the corners. It is great for street use and is quick on the draw at smaller apertures in that use because of the amazing depth of field at this focal length.
Excerpt: I have had the chrome version of this lens for a month now and used it on a Leica M in the UK and Germany together with a Voigtlander 21mm Finder. It quickly became one of my favorite M-mount lenses. Great for interiors, dynamic group shots and vistas (with interesting foregrounds).
Excerpt: I use this lens and his fantastic viewfinder to photograph landscape and sometimes portraits in their environment too.
I can compare it with Zeiss lenses for Hasselblad, but with 35mm film: all metal, softness of the rings and above all quality of the transparencies.