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Zeiss Distagon T* 21mm f/2.8 ZE Hands-On

Zeiss Distagon T* 21mm f/2.8 ZE Hands-On

Zeiss Distagon T* 21mm f/2.8 ZE hands-on at The Phoblographer. This lens is a superlative wide-angle prime with outstanding optical properties. As The Phoblographer states: «for when Canon’s L series isn’t good enough», and «the lens is made extremely well with fit and finish being absolutely fantastic. The build seriously puts Canon’s L series to shame».

Please have a look to the review if this lens is in your thoughts. Sample images are provided. From the conclusion:

There is an extremely luxurious feel to this lens and the quality of the shots is fantastic. You can use it for a lot of things: architecture, landscapes, creative portraits and wherever you’d like a nice, large field of view. Just make sure you’re using this on a full frame camera, or else you end up with a more pedestrian 28mm or 35mm focal length (depending on your crop factor). Zeiss lenses will cost you but we are talking the difference between driving a Toyota or a BMW here

Tech specs (see also Zeiss’ site):

  • Focal length 21 mm
  • Aperture range f/2.8 – f/22
  • Focusing range 0.22 m – ∞
  • Number of elements/groups 16/13
  • Angular field, diag./horiz./vert. 90°/81°/59°
  • Coverage at close range 18 x 12 cm
  • Filter thread M 82 x 0.75
  • Dimensions (with caps) ø 87 mm, length 110-112 mm
  • Weight 600g – 720g

The Zeiss Distagon T* 21mm f/2.8 ZE costs $1843 and can be ordered at the following shops: Amazon | B&H | Adorama

Zeiss Distagon T* 21mm f/2.8 ZE Hands-On


  • Bob B.

    Its a KILLER lens. I own it an just love it. It’s so good it makes me want to own the new Zeiss 15mm, too!!!…if I had A farm to sell to buy it….I WOULD!

  • Tom

    A second Bob B’s comments! The lens is capable of AMAZING Images! It’s clearly better than my Canon L 16-35 II. If you shoot wide angle consistently, this would be a good one to add!

    • Bob B.

      Tom…I also own the Canon 16-35mm II zoom…The performance of the Zeiss is so mouth-watering superior that I find myself rethinking my images to get them to work at 21mm just so I can use the Zeiss.
      Not all Zeiss lenses are the same Caliber as the 21mm…It’s kind of special…From what I have read, the new Zeiss 15mm is in that same arena if not better…I have to find a way to own one!!!

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