Reviews and Problems with Carl Zeiss Distagon T* 2,8/21 ZE
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Mojo, B&H Photo
11 April 2014
Excerpt: Use for Landscape and 5d mkII. Used appropriate testing methods for stable in focus shots. Compared to 24 tse, extremely sharp canon 24-70, Rockinon etc. I have also used the C/Y version of this lens. CA non exisitant. Bokeh is nice, smooth, not nervous. Color is beyond awesome. Seldom need to adjust color in lightroom. Center sharpness is exceptional, border sharpness drops more than expected.
Pros: Consistent Output, Durable, Nice Bokeh, Strong Construction
Excerpt: The good. Color is phenomenal. CA is low. Relatively nice manual focus feel. Perfect feel, not loose like my canons. Foreground close focus is fantastic and close objects are very sharp compared to all Canons. Can get within 4 inches of a flower and get crazy detail. Decent sunstar-Build quality, nice tactile experience. Not so great. Lot of distortion and even stretching of image at extreme borders.
Excerpt: This lens has unbelievable quality of picture that cannot be measured in the technical reviews you read. Photography is about the feeling you create and this lens is helping a good photographer to do exactly that. The colours, the clarity, the famous 3D effect will make you love this lens from the first shots. It is a perfect match to my 3DIII and already put aside my 17-40L which I keep only for cases when fast autofocus is needed.
Excerpt: You have to know that this lens is manual focus only. That is not a problem with it not only because of the focal lenght but also ´cause you get used to it. The construction is the best of the best, and the optical quality is superb. You know you want it..
Summary: This is a premium piece of glass. I'm not really sure what adjectives to use in order to emphasize how amazing this lens is. This is one of the best lenses that you will ever own. Construction: It's a top quality, all metal construction with a truly elegant design. The design is different from L lenses, yet it looks and feels like superior quality in comparison. It is matte black with a smooth focusing ring.
Excerpt: As a landscape photographer, I had been using a 17-40 and 17mm Tilt Shift as a prime as my go-to lenses. Then I gave the Zeiss 21mm a try after succumbing to all the raves and now won't look back. Aside from its solid build, and fantastic sharpness and color accuracy, I just love the fact that you can swing the lens as far as it will go to infinity and be perfectly set - unlike other lenses that require you to push back a bit to get it into optimal sharpness.
Excerpt: I traded my Canon EF 16-35 f/2.8 L USM II for this lens. I liked the 16-35, but was unhappy with the corners.<br /><br />The Zeiss 21 is simply incredible. Tack-sharp and contrasty from corner-to-corner. There also is a rich, textured vibrancy to the image that is especially apparent when the image has lots of detail: the famous Zeiss micro-contrast in action. I love the images that come out of this lens.
Pros: Consistent Output, Durable, Nice Bokeh, Rugged, Strong Construction
Excerpt: I recently sold all of my Canon lenses because I generally prefer to focus manually and I found that those lenses were particularly difficult to focus accurately. Their respective focus rings were way too sensitive and were easily moved during normal handling of the camera. I was also not pleased with the image quality of the Canon lenses and to be fair, these were all zooms.
Pros: Consistent Output, Durable, Rugged, Sharp with good contrast, Strong Construction