Reviews and Problems with Carl Zeiss Distagon T* 4/18 ZM
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A sharp lens, BUT...
Frank N. Stein, B&H Photo
9 June 2015
Excerpt: I bought this lens for use with my Leica M-P 240. At first I was pretty enthused about the lenses quality, a Zeiss in the end... But, after three weeks of working with it, it became obvious that it was a bad idea to spend money on this lens, intended to become the super wide end of my arsenal.
Pros: Durable, Easily Interchangeable, Rugged, Strong Construction
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.
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.
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.
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!
Excerpt: I really love this lens. It has the right price, its built like a tank, its small, durable, light... Well I used to think I would never use a lens like that. Its a pretty uncommon choice and I had to think a lot before buy it.
Pros: Durable, Easy to focus, Lightweight, Rugged, Strong Construction