Zeiss 21mm F2.8 Loxia E-mount lens reviews

reviews found: 4   
reviewer#44104 date: Jul-17-2018
sharpness: 5
color: 5
build: 5
distortion: 5
flare control: 5
overall: 5
tested on:
  • film camera:Film camera
  • APS-C: 6MP6 MP; 10MP10 MP; 12MP12 MP; 14MP14 MP; 16MP16 MP; 20MP20 MP; 24MP24 MP
  • full frame: 12MP12 MP; 24MP24 MP; 36MP36 MP; 42MP42 MP
ownership:I own this lens
compared to:Many lenses used in time
price paid:~ 1450 USD new
positive:Almost everything, but purely everything image quality wise. I love the character of this lens.
negative:3 things (definitely not related to photography/image quality):
1- Lens cap - not on par with Zeiss name
2- Lens hood - loosens very very easily
3- Aperture and Focusing rings too close
comment:The lens is very sharp even wide open up to the corners too. Colors are superb, after all it's a Zeiss.

If you need a wide angle lens for landscape, interiors, architecture etc. then this is a must have lens. You will not regret having it. If you are looking for a "bokeh" lens, then this is not yours.

Being a manual focus lens it's a lot easier to use it than a AF one. It has a slight mustache like distortion but negligible and noticeable only on straight lines.

My only dislike is when mounting/dismounting the lens, you have to grasp both aperture and focus rings firmly which is unconfortable.

Overall I'm very happy with this lens and recommend it strongly.
reviewer#37855 date: May-6-2017
sharpness: 5
color: 5
build: 5
distortion: 4
flare control: 5
overall: 4.8
tested on:
  • film camera:Film camera
  • APS-C: 6MP6 MP; 10MP10 MP; 12MP12 MP; 14MP14 MP; 16MP16 MP; 20MP20 MP; 24MP24 MP
  • full frame: 12MP12 MP; 24MP24 MP; 36MP36 MP; 42MP42 MP
ownership:I own this lens
compared to:CZ 2/24 ZA
Minolta 17-35mm 2.8
Sony FE2/28
CZ Loxia50
price paid:900
positive:Joy to use (if you have any other Loxia you know what I mean)
Sharp from f/2 up through to f/22
negative:non found
comment:My first prime under 24mm.
My minolta 17-35mm was just to big to use with adapter on the A7 serie for a walk-about lens and stayed home most of the time...

This small prime is build with top Zeiss standard probably will stand time to "become a must-have vintage-glass in 2050" (unlike the by-wire autofocus lenses?).
The B&W conversions in Lightroom are so beautifull.
Distortion is very well controlled for a 21mm; should be 4,5 rating.

If your looking for a wide angle landscape/street lens and like slow pace of photography this lens should be (high) on your consideration-list.
reviewer#29647 date: Aug-2-2016
sharpness: 5
color: 5
build: 5
distortion: 5
flare control: 5
overall: 5
tested on:
  • film camera:Film camera
  • APS-C: 6MP6 MP; 10MP10 MP; 12MP12 MP; 14MP14 MP; 16MP16 MP; 20MP20 MP; 24MP24 MP
  • full frame: 12MP12 MP; 24MP24 MP; 36MP36 MP; 42MP42 MP
ownership:I own this lens
compared to:cz 16-35
cz 24-70
gm 24-70
price paid:1300 new
positive:corner to corner sharpness is amazing
small
lightweight
perfect for landscape work
negative:
missing
comment:this little lens produced way better than i expected from it.
there is some distortion, but use lens correction profiles to get rid of it =)
reviewer#26520 date: Mar-12-2016
sharpness: 5
color: 5
build: 5
distortion: 4
flare control: 5
overall: 4.8
tested on:
  • film camera:Film camera
  • APS-C: 6MP6 MP; 10MP10 MP; 12MP12 MP; 14MP14 MP; 16MP16 MP; 20MP20 MP; 24MP24 MP
  • full frame: 12MP12 MP; 24MP24 MP; 36MP36 MP; 42MP42 MP
ownership:I own this lens
compared to:SAL20F28
price paid:1499 euros new
positive:Very nice build quality, especially the hood. Very good sharpness wide open, good even in the cornrs. Much better than the Sony 20 mm f/2.8 SAL20F28. Stopped down excellent throughout the frame. Very good flare resistance and contrast. Rather compact but also heavy. Small 52 mm (albeit odd in Sony world) filter size.
negative:Nothing considering it's an ultra-wide angle. Perhaps the lack of autofocus but this lens is advertised as that.
comment:I really enjoy this lens. Expensive but well worth the money.
reviews found: 4   

rating summary

lens image
  • total reviews: 4
  • sharpness: 5.00
  • color: 5.00
  • build: 5.00
  • distortion: 4.50
  • flare control: 5.00
  • overall: 4.90

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