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Distagon T* 4/18 ZM

This compact, ultra wide-angle lens allows for dynamic and unusual perspectives, making it well-suited for photographing confined interior spaces, as well as expansive landscapes.

Please note: The production of this lens has been discontinued.

Distagon T* 4/18 ZM

Distagon T* 4/18 ZM

Look beyond the usual

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    Horizonte Zingst

    06/02/2016 - 06/06/2016
    Germany, Zingst

    The Media Production Show 2016

    06/09/2016 - 06/10/2016
    United Kingdom, Business Design Centre, Islington, London, N1 0QH

    Photo + Adventure Duisburg

    06/11/2016 - 06/12/2016
    Germany, Duisburg

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    Distagon T* 4/18 ZM

    Look beyond the usual

    The Distagon T * 4/18 ZM is compact for its focal length, and offers very good distortion correction and outstanding performance across the image frame. The lens is coupled to the camera rangefinder and the optional 18 mm viewfinder is available for accurate image composition.

    Please note: The production of this lens has been discontinued.

    Technical specifications:

    Focal length 18 mm
    Aperture range 4 – 22 (1/3 steps)
    Focusing range 0.5 m – ∞
    Number of elements/groups 10/8
    Image ratio at close range
    1 : 23
    Coverage at close range 56 x 84 cm
    Angular field, diag./horiz./vert. 98°/87°/65°
    M 58 x 0.75
    Dimensions (with caps) ø 65 mm, length 71 mm
    Weight 350 g

    Distagon T* 4/18 ZM


    Virtually distortion-free optics

    Dramatic perspectives and a view from extraordinary image angles – ZEISS lenses open up new composition possibilities. Distortion would disrupt the composition because straight lines, whose image does not go through the image center, would be reproduced with a curved shape.  This annoying effect is accordingly and largely compensated through elaborate optical designs at all focal lengths.

    Excellent image quality

    The ZEISS range of T*® lenses offers the highest possible standards in terms of performance, reliability and, of course, image quality. Quite simply, they are superior in every way. You can count on highly advanced flare control for crisp and brilliant images, for example. And virtually zero geometric distortion, ensuring precise accuracy when reproducing shapes – especially useful when photographing products and architecture. 

    Robust design

    The mount and control elements of all ZM lenses are made of metal and are designed for decades of intensive use. The high-quality craftsmanship of the all-metal mounts, the easy-to-grip metal focus and aperture ring and the robust front bayonet and filter threads ensure an amazing photographic experience.

    Smooth, precise focusing

    Manually focusing a lens means controlling the image result from your fingertips. A good ergonomic design makes all the difference. The user-friendly focusing ring on ZEISS lenses with an ergonomic finger rest is perfect for fast, precise focusing. Changes are immediately visible in the viewfinder. The high-quality focusing mechanism moves smoothly without play, thus also supporting the intuitive interaction with the focal plane.

    ZEISS T* anti-reflective coating

    The optical elements of ZEISS lenses feature T*® anti-reflective coating on all surfaces and an optical design that guarantees images of superior brilliance at all times, even in unfavourable lighting conditions. We apply the anti-reflective coating to the lens surfaces by the vapour deposition of extremely thin, transparent layers on the glass. In this process, special substances are vaporized with extremely high energy in a high-vacuum environment and are subsequently deposited on the glass surfaces, one after another, as layers with precisely controlled thicknesses to achieve the desired reduction of reflective properties. The first coating techniques were employed by ZEISS as long ago as in the 1930s.

    Distagon T* 4/18 ZM

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    "The Zeiss ZM 18mm f/4 Distagon is a relatively inexpensive, but strong performer in my brief field shooting..."


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