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    Zeiss 35mm f2 Loxia or Biogon T* 2,8/25 ZM

    Hello all Just joined this forum, Sold of my XT-1 Jan 15, Picked up 2 sonys a7MKII, 55mm Sony lens voightlander 21mm f1.8

    which one would ii should pickup?
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    Re: Zeiss 35mm f2 Loxia or Biogon T* 2,8/25 ZM

    Quote Originally Posted by ejw View Post
    Hello all Just joined this forum, Sold of my XT-1 Jan 15, Picked up 2 sonys a7MKII, 55mm Sony lens voightlander 21mm f1.8

    which one would ii should pickup?
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    Welcome ejw. That depends. What do you like to shoot? You've got wide angle and normal covered.

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    Re: Zeiss 35mm f2 Loxia or Biogon T* 2,8/25 ZM

    Hi Jfernino, After comparing these 2 lenses the 35 zeiss loxia and the zeiss 25mm ..am thinking strongly of actually picking up both, BY my standard admissions, hate comparing lenses. I can get used to both each one has a different perspective. to which I will enjoy both lenses on the camera that should be good to go.
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    Re: Zeiss 35mm f2 Loxia or Biogon T* 2,8/25 ZM

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    Hi Jfernino, After comparing these 2 lenses the 35 zeiss loxia and the zeiss 25mm ..am thinking strongly of actually picking up both,
    Would you compare the "Holga" lens 25mm (http://www.getdpi.com/forum/sony/529...its-holga.html) reported by Mike and post some shots here?

    I am curious how the ZM25/2.8 fares.

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    Re: Zeiss 35mm f2 Loxia or Biogon T* 2,8/25 ZM

    I doubt the 25mm Biogon will fare well on the A7II sensor. The 21mm, 28mm and 35mm Biogons are pretty poor. The 35mm Loxia sounds like a much better bet and you can always add the Sony G 28mm f2 when it is available in a month or two.

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    Re: Zeiss 35mm f2 Loxia or Biogon T* 2,8/25 ZM

    Given the wide focal length, I've found the ZM25 to perform surprisingly well on my A7s.
    I only have the A7s so I cannot report back on A7/A7r performance, but I have a good number of photos posted.. I've used it mostly to help photograph my friend's gym for his website.

    This search should bring up items tagged in my set as A7s + ZM25 - https://www.flickr.com/search/?text=...80092682%40N00

    I am still interested in the Loxia lenses myself though I'm not sure if I'd prefer the 35 or 50.
    I currently have the great FE 35/2.8 .. which I am happy with.
    I also have nice Leica Summilux ASPH in both 35 and 50mm.. though I find the 35mm Lux much less usable on the A7s due to extreme vignette.
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    Re: Zeiss 35mm f2 Loxia or Biogon T* 2,8/25 ZM

    Note I tend to add a mild vignette to photos, so these ZM25 photos above have had vignetting added to them. So whatever vignette you may see in those photos is mostly the added one, not straight from camera.

    If anyone needed to see a really clean out of camera shot, that could be arranged.
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    Re: Zeiss 35mm f2 Loxia or Biogon T* 2,8/25 ZM

    Quote Originally Posted by sjg284 View Post
    If anyone needed to see a really clean out of camera shot, that could be arranged.
    I'd love to see one please, Steve. I have the ZM 25 as a normal-ish focal length on my Ricoh GXR and it's performance on the A7 range, along with that of the 15mm Voigtlander is the main reason I haven't jumped in yet. If the 25 works well enough on the A7s that would be a big deal for me. Thanks in advance.
    Out of interest, which adapter do you mount it on?

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    Re: Zeiss 35mm f2 Loxia or Biogon T* 2,8/25 ZM

    Here we go ladies and Gents:
    Picked up both lenses and will try them not today getting a lot of snow coming across from the US
    I actually picked up the 21mm Zeiss 1.8 instead of the 25mm

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    Re: Zeiss 35mm f2 Loxia or Biogon T* 2,8/25 ZM

    It looks like you picked up the 21/1.8 Voigtlander right?

    The superwide Zeiss ZM lenses are f2.8

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    Re: Zeiss 35mm f2 Loxia or Biogon T* 2,8/25 ZM

    Also curious - what country are you located in?

    Loxia are quite rare / hard to find in US still!
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    Re: Zeiss 35mm f2 Loxia or Biogon T* 2,8/25 ZM

    Also curious - what country are you located in?-- Toronto
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    Voightlander 21mm,12mm UWA,
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    Re: Zeiss 35mm f2 Loxia or Biogon T* 2,8/25 ZM

    OK A7s + ZM25 shots, using metabones adapter.
    Only adjustment made in LR was exposure, no other adjustments made.

    Let's pick a subject to exaggerate as much as possible


    Off in the snow




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    Re: Zeiss 35mm f2 Loxia or Biogon T* 2,8/25 ZM

    Steve, It looks like it covers about 12mm circle (though illuminates the whole frame).

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    Re: Zeiss 35mm f2 Loxia or Biogon T* 2,8/25 ZM

    So what do you think of the 25mm Zeiss, do you like the pics you get with it is it wide enough, sharp
    Please let me know

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    Re: Zeiss 35mm f2 Loxia or Biogon T* 2,8/25 ZM

    I've been happy with the ZM25, I've always found it to be very sharp and low-distortion for its focal length.
    Used it with M8/GXR/M240 and now A7s as well.

    Looking at the photos above..
    When I really tried to force it / look for it, the lens does vignette more on the A7s than I thought.. but such is the case with "brick wall" type tests.

    I've been happy with it in practice, and used it extensively for indoor architectural type shots lately.
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    Re: Zeiss 35mm f2 Loxia or Biogon T* 2,8/25 ZM

    It was a toss up between the 25mm and the loxia 35mm I luv the 21mm used it before and made a mistake by selling it, got it back and its a keeper

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    Re: Zeiss 35mm f2 Loxia or Biogon T* 2,8/25 ZM

    I once took a few snaps with the Zeiss 25 Biogon. Blurry corners and margenta cast.
    Rather sharp in the center. As much as I liked it on my GXR as little I like it on the A7R.
    Could be a bit better on the 24 mp A7's.
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    Re: Zeiss 35mm f2 Loxia or Biogon T* 2,8/25 ZM

    ejw, you made a sensible choice buying the VC21. Only margenta on the sides but easy to correct.

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    Re: Zeiss 35mm f2 Loxia or Biogon T* 2,8/25 ZM

    I'm eagerly watching the Loxia's .. hey and maybe that 28/2 FE Zeiss-Sony
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    Re: Zeiss 35mm f2 Loxia or Biogon T* 2,8/25 ZM

    Good job you picked up the CV 21mm f1.8. This lens is known to be a lot better with the A7 sensor than the 25mm Zeiss ZM. A lot. At 12 MP A7 sensor forgives a lot and cannot be compared to the A7, never mind the A7R.

    IMHO, the Loxias are the great hope for the future. They just need a cracking 24/25mm now....

    While the A7R and 55mm is magnificent, it is 'very good' most of the time with the 35mm; however, it gets progressively more difficult to turn out perfect performance at wider angles no matter which lens you use. When I compare my Leica MM and A7R, both with the best wides I have available for them, the A7R is better on centre (just, by a hair), but the MM is noticeably better at the edges and corners. Put a 24mm f3.8 Elmar on the MM and you see practically pixel perfect resolution right into the corners and this is what we all hope the forthcoming wide Loxias will do for the A7R.

    It will be interesting to see which comes first: a brilliant 24mm for the A7/A7R platform, or a 36mp M mount camera, from Leica.

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    Re: Zeiss 35mm f2 Loxia or Biogon T* 2,8/25 ZM

    Quote Originally Posted by Michiel Schierbeek View Post
    ejw, you made a sensible choice buying the VC21. Only margenta on the sides but easy to correct.
    Hello Michiel, thank you took me forever to actually have a reason to get it on the plus side.. I love the lens solid and very good on the Sony a7mkii

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