In the last post I had only spent a few hours with the Zeiss 18mm f/4 ZM and wanted to hold back judgement until I spent more time shooting it. After a long weekend with it on the FujiFilm X-T1 (and the Leica M9) it’s not a stretch to say that it’s quickly becoming one of my favorite lenses.
On X-mount bodies this 18mm lens gives you approximately the sam fov as a 27mm lens on a full frame body. The fit, finish and feel are all top-notch, on par with its Leica siblings.
Focusing with an 18mm f/4 lens isn’t much of an issue, especially when stopped down to f5.6 or f8. The depth of field at f8 is huge and requires little if any focusing.
- Sharp in the middle of the frame wide open
- Sharp in the corners stopped down to f5.6
- Contrasty (this is a pro in my view, but my not be to everyone’s taste)
- Beautiful, rich colors SOOC
- Smooth focus ring
- Clicks nicely into place on aperture ring
- Reasonably priced ($800 used at time of purchase)
- focuses down to .5m although rangefinder coupling stops at .7m
- Out of production
- OEM hood may be hard to find and expensive