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Old 06-30-2018   #81
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Old 06-30-2018   #82
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Out to Lunch, on Flickr. L'odrre n'a pas d'ipmrotncae. Plainpalais, Geneva, Switzerland. October 2016. Leica ME.





Out to Lunch, on Flickr. Bucharest, Old Town. July 2011. Epson R-D1s.




Out to Lunch, on Flickr. Bucharest, Old Town. July 2011. Epson R-D1s.





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Old 07-01-2018   #83
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I have three ZM lenses but for me the Biogon is an absolute standout .... I'm no optics expert but it has no faults that I can perceive .... near zero distortion, great flare resistance and sharp at all apertures and lately I've noticed you can pick up a near mint example for around seven hundred dollars!

Every time I use it on my 240 it really impresses me .... occasionally I wouldn't mind a stop of extra speed but over all I can see no reason to ever own any other 35mm lens. I've noticed in the poll we have running here it's around neck and neck with the Summicron in the vote count and that's impressive considering the price of a new Summicron against the Zeiss.

The size is excellent and on the 240 it focuses without issues unlike it's sibling the 50mm C Sonnar which can be damned hard to master with it's focus shift. It's probably my most used lens!

If you have any images from the 35mm Biogon feel free to put them here and we can celebrate one of Zeiss's finest optics.


Keith, I am with you on this lens 200%

It has a tight little sweet spot that when you nail a shot you really nail it! I bought it 2 days ago and the more I use it the more I love it.

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Old 07-02-2018   #85
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Very nice 3D rendering with that lens.

I am kind of lukewarm about the bokeh quality, just going from the photo samples shown, but that is a personal preference, so it is neither here or there.
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I'm seeing definite 3-D pop in the photos, along with excellent color! I like what I'm seeing here!
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Old 07-03-2018   #87
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Great lens with (mostly) nice bokeh and subject separation wide open.



...and easy to use with zone focus stopped down
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After seeing the incredible images that Michael (michaelbialecki) was posting in his “Zeiss 35mm f/1.4 Distagon T* ZM photos” thread I thought “I really need to get that lens” until I saw the price. So, I settled for the Biogon T* 35mm f2 that was half the price. And, the good news is...the Biogon T* 35mm f2 ZM lens vastly exceeds my expectations!

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The ZM Biogon f2 35mm ... is it the perfect 35mm RF lens? Show us your examples.
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The ZM Biogon f2 35mm ... is it the perfect 35mm RF lens? Show us your examples.

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After seeing the incredible images that Michael (michaelbialecki) was posting in his “Zeiss 35mm f/1.4 Distagon T* ZM photos” thread I thought “I really need to get that lens” until I saw the price.
Its only money ��

One area where the Distagon is far superior to the Biogon is coma control. The Biogon is pretty awful in that regard, whereas the Distagon is even better than the Summilux Asph.

Other than than, except for the extra stop of the Distagon and the extra separation it gives, there is not that much performance difference between them.
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Its only money ��

One area where the Distagon is far superior to the Biogon is coma control. The Biogon is pretty awful in that regard, whereas the Distagon is even better than the Summilux Asph.
Thank You Jon for sharing your results and comparison to the Summilux ASPH.
Got to get this lens!
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Coma control? :-) Despite whatever faults this lens may have I'm still lovin' it!







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Coma control? :-)
Coma > the blurry wings around points of light.

Control > not having those blurry wings

https://www.rangefinderforum.com/for...2&postcount=18

You'd see a difference shooting Chinatown in Yokohama at night, but in the day time you certainly won't.
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Coma > the blurry wings around points of light.

Control > not having those blurry wings

https://www.rangefinderforum.com/for...2&postcount=18

You'd see a difference shooting Chinatown in Yokohama at night, but in the day time you certainly won't.
Jon, I love your sense of humor and your knowledge as well. The example you shared was brilliant.

Lucky for me I'm a daytime kind of photographer. When the sun goes down I replace the camera in my hand with a drink; preferable whisky.

A couple more with the Biogon f2.





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If Distagon was the same size as Biogon, I’d get one in an instant.
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The girl in the middle seems to be having some coma control issues :-)



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The Mother-in-law relationship?


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A smart woman wearing a well ventilated top.


The wife that guides her husband with finger pokes in the back. He looks well trained.


I pity the poor fool that gets to close to her coffee.


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For those not keeping score on my last two threads:
1. Wanted a 35/2 Biogon. (thought) I bought a Biogon.
2. Got a 50 Planar by (my own) mistake. Loved it.
3. Actually bought a Biogon.

Got it late last evening and took it out on a short trip to SE Washington (state). Mostly shot film but have a few digital; wide open and stopped down; BW and color.

Excited to take it downtown for some street scenes tomorrow. a 35 is usually glued to the M8.


Auburn. M8 / 14 seconds @f/8


Aberdeen. M8 / 1/350 @ f/8


Dead mall, Aberdeen. M8 / 1/125 @ f/2


Wishkah St. M8 / 1/60 @ f/2

Minor note: behind me in the second photo was a plaque commemorating Aberdeen native Lee Friedlander: "Working primarily with Leica hand-held 35 mm cameras and black-and-white film, Friedlander's style focused on the "social landscape". His photographs used detached images of urban life, store-front reflections, structures framed by fences, and posters and signs". Well, I guess I was doing that, too.
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For those not keeping score on my last two threads:
1. Wanted a 35/2 Biogon. (thought) I bought a Biogon.
2. Got a 50 Planar by (my own) mistake. Loved it.
3. Actually bought a Biogon.
You forgot:
0. Have an Ultron-M 35/1.7

For most us it takes years to go through a series of lenses.

I'm having fun following your adventure as you compress years of living into weeks.


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You forgot:
0. Have an Ultron-M 35/1.7

For most us it takes years to go through a series of lenses.

I'm having fun following your adventure as you compress years of living into weeks.
Hey now, I've been a good boy and spent exactly $12 on gear in the last five years. I'm not going through lenses, I'm just building up a kit. (and for the record, it was a heavily brassed LTM bought a decade ago!)

As for compressing years of living into weeks, that's been the case in grad school: 10 months of sitting in front of a computer and drafting board, two of indulging in every possible hobby and avocation to make up for lost time.

But more photos from a Seattle Design Festival event last night. I used to volunteer for event photography every year (where I learned the M8 doesn't like third party batteries), but this time around it was nice to chat and see exhibits.



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I’m not qualified to judge the 35/2’s perfection, and I’m more likely to take the RX1/Sonnar as a dedicated 35 kit, but I’m glad to have this lens for my RFs.



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Ditto f4, 1/500
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Nice images and extremely useful as it points out the different rendering between Sony and Leica. And it is different, I could see that in those images right away.
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Sharing pic taken with this lens

m6 + 35mm biogon with portra 400

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It is a fantastic lens.
But mine squeaks
As to posting with the file limits it cannot show its power.
Anyway I will try to find something
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I may be mistaken, but I remember a RFFer (Nakebia may be or something like that), whose work I admired, that said it is too warm (or too cold?)
I never understood what's wrong
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Out to Lunch, on Flickr. Tet flower market in Le Van Tam Park, Saigon. January 2019. Epson R-D1x - Zeiss Biogon 2/35.




Out to Lunch, on Flickr. A Chinese made tricycle used to transport Tet flowers to the downtown markets. District 2, Saigon. January 2019. Epson R-D1x - Zeiss Biogon 2/35.




Out to Lunch, on Flickr. We are approaching Tet or Lunar New Year and it was time to buy orchids. Downtown Saigon, January 2019. Epson R-D1x - Zeiss Biogon 2/35.
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I tried the Biogon for two rolls, wide open it's a bit soft ,coma is quite obvious under certain condition. Other than that, it's a really good lens.

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There is no perfect lens. For me, ZM Biogon 35/2 is a superb lens.



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