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Leica M8 with Carl Zeiss Biogon 21mm f/2.8 lens in Osaka

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Leica M8 with Summicron 35mm f/2 mounted and Carl Zeiss Biogon 21mm f/2.8 near

Leica M8 with Summicron 35mm f/2 mounted and Carl Zeiss Biogon 21mm f/2.8 near

I believe that the best lenses for the M8 are wide angle lenses.  Because the M8 has a 1.3 crop factor, for me, the 35mm is not wide enough.  As a result I rely on Carl Zeiss Biogon lenses, the 21mm f/2.8 and the 28mm f/2.8 to fulfill my wide angle needs.  I also have a Voightlander Ultron 28mm f/2 and a a Voightlander Heliar 15mm f/4.5 that perform some duty.

My favorite of the quartet is the 21mm as I find the resolution very sharp and the wide depth of field very useful.  Of course, the Heliar DOF bests the Carl Zeiss but its widest aperture at f/4.5 leaves it just a tad short.

Now, there are obviously more scholarly analysis and testing of the 21mm and if you search the web, you read to your heart’s delight about this lens.

The following photos are an example of the capabilities of the lens (and the Leica sensor).

Uncropped image with M8 and Carl Zeiss Biogon 21mm f/2.8

Uncropped image with M8 and Carl Zeiss Biogon 21mm f/2.8

Cropped image from above

Cropped image from above

Uncropped image with M8 and Carl Zeiss Biogon 21mm f/2.8

Uncropped image with M8 and Carl Zeiss Biogon 21mm f/2.8

Cropped image from above

Cropped image from above

Uncropped image with M8 and Carl Zeiss Biogon 21mm f/2.8

Uncropped image with M8 and Carl Zeiss Biogon 21mm f/2.8

Cropped image from above

Cropped image from above

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Written by leolaksi

February 18, 2009 at 6:47 am

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  1. hi Leo

    nice comparison! i have the biogon 21/2.8 which i bought at a good deal secondhand. Its an amazing lens! sharp and nice on my M8. I dont use a external VF and guesstimate the frame (which i think is THE WHOLE of the M8’s viewfinder 🙂

    cheers

    chuan

    January 24, 2010 at 2:48 pm

    • thanks. i think that the biogon 21 f/2.8 is a great lens. i’ve used it in all conditions and even after i dropped it on a concrete sidewalk. i also took it to San Francisco last april. check out the fisherman’s wharf photos i posted last summer. cheers, leo

      leolaksi

      January 24, 2010 at 4:15 pm


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