Reviews and Problems with Carl Zeiss Distagon T* 4/18 ZM
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Fantastic ultrawide for Leica M.
Kon Peki, Amazon
17 July 2014
Summary: I love this lens and use it on a Leica M (240). My other lenses are the 35mm Summilux ASPH II (FLE), 50mm Summilux ASPH, and 90mm Summarit. Coded as a 21mm f/2.8 (non-aspherical), there are no noticeable color shifts. This can be manually designated in the camera menu. I had a custom-made mount replacement so the lens would be recognized automatically. I focus using the rangefinder and frame using live view. Sharpness is outstanding.
Excerpt: I use the 18mm Distagon with my Leica M240 It is a great wide angle for: Landscape / Seascape / Geometric forms It is less useful for urban and street photography, as the objects (people, buildings, signs, etc.) on the sides and corners are completely distorted Vignetting is not an issue with the M240, as the correct lens profile in Lightroom will completely remove it.
Excerpt: I bought the lens to use on a Leica M Typ 240. I wanted the lens for landscapes and it works beautifully under some lighting conditions. But depending on the angle of the lens to the sun I was getting significant magenta vignettes. Other than that, the image quality is wonderful. I was sad about that because the price is so much better than the Leica lens price, but I just couldn't depend on the images so I have returned the lens.
Summary: I am a Leica owner and I bought this lens for shooting indoors. I own the Noctilux and the 35mm Summilux and I have to say the build quality is nothing short of the Leica lenses at a fraction of the cost. The focus ring is silky smooth to operate straight out of the box (unlike the Leica lenses!) and the pictures are beautiful, no funny shapes in the corners. I did not even have to code the lens.
Excerpt: I read a great deal about this lens before purchasing, particularly about the problem with sides and corners on the M9. The solution is to manually set the lens to 21 f/2.8 11134. Depending on the subject matter, at least for outdoors, the corner issue should be eliminated. In rare situations where it does not, Cornerfix would take care of it. Shooting indoor is not quite as recommended, as distortions can be quite visible, but that's true of almost all 18mm lenses.
Pros: Consistent Output, Lightweight, Strong Construction
Excerpt: Works beautifully on my M9. There's a slight colour shift problem but it is only slight when you tell <br />the camera it's a 16/18/21 @ 18mm. I avoided buying the sweet but costly external viewfinder by shooting and reviewing the image on the backscreen and recomposing if necessary. I have noticed slight magenta fringing on contrasty details at the egdes of the frame from this lens but overall this is a great tool and for the money it's a bargain.