Reviews and Problems with Carl Zeiss Distagon T* 2,8/21 ZE
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As close as it gets to wide angle perfection!
23 January 2014
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: 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 haven't had the lens long enough to thoroughly evaluate it, but from what I've seen so far, it's amazing. What I noticed immediately was the wonderful color saturation. The clarity is sparkling. I am taking this to Yellowstone in a few weeks. <br />I love this lens.
Pros: Easily Interchangeable, Rugged, Strong Construction
Summary: I rented this lens for 2 weeks during a photography road trip to the Midwest and it did not disappoint. My main requirement was sharpness and in that respect the Zeiss delivered the goods. The good points out weighed the bad points but please read my blog to see example photos and my full review.
Excerpt: This is not a very versatile lens but what it does do is deliver super sharp, clear images. Build quality is excellent.<br /><br />Lens flar and sunstar are terrible and you can forget taking stich shots for panos etc. The more I go through my images taken with this lens the more I love it.
Summary: I'm very happy with this lens. It's solid metal so heavier than normal lens. Color and sharpness are much better than other brands. If you aren't comfortable with manual lens, then get a manual focus screen for your camera. Not sure all the camera brands make these or not, but this screen makes manual lens so much easier to use.
Excerpt: This is just such a fine piece of equipment. Heavy, sturdy,smooth...like a sports car with power to spare. I really like the images too. Manual focus isn't an issue.<br />I've dropped this lens already and it may have dented the floor, not the lens!!<br />Nearly had a heart attack, but geez its well built.
Excerpt: I have 28-75mm f2.8, 100mm f2.0, 35mm f2.0, 8-16mm f4 fisheye, but I did not have relatively wide lens for my 5D Mark III and 7D. I considered wide zoom lens as well as prime from Canon and other makers, but Zeiss stood out as the best lens for the sharpness, although there was no auto focus and it was expensive. However, for the landscapes I wanted the best sharpness and i went ahead and purchased the Zeiss 21mm f2.8 lens.
Pros: Durable, Easy-to-use focus ring, Rugged, Sharp, Strong Construction