Reviews and Problems with Carl Zeiss C Biogon T* 4.5/21 ZM
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Frit, B&H Photo
4 June 2014
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. One could spend years with it and not exhaust its potential. Issues with digital cameras have been reported, but I don't care about that.
Pros: Consistent Output, Durable, Lightweight, Rugged, Strong Construction
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. But it's tiny - smaller than the Zeiss 28 or 50 zm lenses. Extraordinary fine dynamics. Obviously, 21mm is tricky and requires care, but just fantastic results, especially for 135 film.
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. It is relatively slow, but that is part of the trade off for a somewhat lower price than its f2.8 cousin. I also bought the slower lens because I've been delighted by another f4.5 Biogon lens that I use in 6x6 format.
Pros: Easily Interchangeable, Rugged, Strong Construction
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). Compact rendering sharp and brilliant images.
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. With a Zeiss Ikon rangefinder body and a 400 ASA Provia, each shot is a new pleasure.
Pros: Lightweight, Quiet Operation, Strong Construction