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Zeiss 21mm f/2.8 Distagon T* ZE Series Lens for Canon EOS Digital SLR Cameras

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  • Offers high speed, extraordinary resolving power and next to zero distortion
  • Precise mechanism enables exact manual focusing
  • Carl Zeiss T* lens coating

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Offers high speed, extraordinary resolving power and next to zero distortion Precise mechanism enables exact manual focusing Carl Zeiss T* lens coating

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  • Product Dimensions: 5 x 5 x 5 inches ; 1.3 pounds
  • Shipping Weight: 2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • ASIN: B002UBPWAK
  • Item model number: 21 mm / F 2,8 ZE DISTAGON T
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
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  • Date first available at Amazon.com: June 17, 2003

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18 of 18 people found the following review helpful By Amy K. Yu on January 3, 2010
I am using thie manual focus lens on a Canon full frame system. It will meter with the Canon SLR's without a problem and when the image is in focus, you can see (or hear) the focus confirmation. The lens exhibits amazing sharpness. I think this lens is particularly good for landscape photography. After putting this lens through it's paces, below is my list of pro's and cons:

Pros -
1 - Amazing sharpness across the aperture range and from edge to edge.
2 - No noticeable flare
3 - Amazing construction (puts my Canon L's behind) and fun to use manually.

Cons -
1 - This lens shows heavy vignetting at f/2.8...sometimes, I actually REALLY like the look but sometimes it makes the image not look quite right. I think for the typical situation, I may actually overexpose f/2.8 images by a 1/2 to 2/3 of a stop to compensate for the vignetting which seems to cover about 2/3rd of the image. This light falloff is mostly gone f/4 and completely gone by f/5.6.
2 - There is a "mustache distortion" on this lens.

I am definitely happy to have this tool in my kit. Highly recommend!
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22 of 23 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on July 1, 2010
I just bought one of these lenses a couple of weeks ago. I thought it would be a nice lens to add to my small collection of Canon L-series lens. I knew it would be a good lens, but I'm surprised at its high quality. I never imagined a lens could be so clear and produce such good colors. It's the best lens I now own.

When I first bought the Zeiss Distagon 21mm, I took a few shots near my home with my daughter (see the customer images) to try it out. I was impressed. However, a few days later we went on a short trip out-of-town for the day. I took my Canon 5D, II camera and only two lenses with me: the Zeiss 21mm and Canon EOS L 24-105mm f/4. I ended up shooting all of my photos with the Zeiss: I just got closer to my subjects instead of switching to the zoom lens. The pictures were awesome. When I loaded them on my computer and into Adobe Lightroom, they needed almost no adjustments. Mostly, I just added some fill light to some of the images. They were extremely clear and full of color on their own. There was no need for adjusting clarity, saturation, vibrance, or anything. Nothing beats taking great pictures in the camera. I thought my Canon 5D, II was spectacular before. Now, it's even better.

If you decide to buy this lens, and you have a Canon 5D, II camera, you should change your focusing screen to a Canon Eg-S Focusing Precision Screen since it's a manual focus only lens. It may sound complicated or scary to do, but it's easy once you've done it once. Just don't touch the screen. You'll get a finger print on it and never get it clean and only scratch it and ruin it when you try to clean it. Once you change the focusing screen, using the manual focus is much easier and not a problem at all. I was reluctant to buy this lens originally because it didn't have auto-focus. I've found that I don't need it after all.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By David Siegfried on March 24, 2013
This is it. The One. This is the magical "just right" wide angle lens that every serious 35mm landscape photographer *must* have in his or her kit. It's not so crazy wide that it reduces everything way down in the far horizon, capturing mostly massive sky and foreground, but wide enough that it surpasses the typical 24mm wide angle lens by quite a bit. But the real beauty with this lens lies in the gorgeous color rendition, edge to edge clarity, and lack of chromatic aberration or distortion. OK, there is some very slight distortion but it's not relevant unless you're shooting strict architectural shots and it's easily corrected in software.

There aren't enough superlatives to describe how this masterful Zeiss glass renders landscape images; you just have to use it to appreciate what it can do. There is no other lens in the world of DSLRs or Micro 4/3rds systems that can touch it. Of course the build is the famous Zeiss quality, dense and solid as a rock, with a well-dampened focusing ring that just oozes luxury. The manual focus is barely an issue at this focal length, and once you determine the hyperfocal distance, you can practically set it and forget it. (For instance, at f/8 the hyperfocal distance is 6 feet and everything 4 ft. to infinity will be in focus.)

Here are a few helpful tips and specs:

Wide open at f/2.8, there is significant light fall-off; if shooting wide open I would overexpose by 1/3 - 2/3 stop and then correct in post. However, f/4 is good and by f/5 there is no longer any vignetting. If shooting outdoors in good light there is no reason not to shoot at the lens' "sweet spot" of f/5.6 to f/8 where it's the sharpest even into the corners, and utilize either the hyperfocal distance or the beep/light focus confirm.
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Astroman on January 2, 2010
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Every now and then a product comes along that eclipses everything else in its class ... such is the Zeiss 21mm Distagon f/2.8. This lens is sharp to the corners wide open where other super wide angle lenses are mush. The color correction of this lens is extraordinary ... virtually no fringing nor ghosts ... even at the edges of the field. Of note to astroimagers ... this lens has an infinity stop ... no fumbling for focus in the dark. It is a solid lens ... all metal construction. It has a nine blade diaphram that makes beautiful out-of-focus detail ... in short ... this is a superlative product worth every penny of the price. Highly recommended.
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