Zeiss 21mm F2.8 Loxia E-mount lens review by Dr. Harout

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 MP24MP24 MP36MP36 MP42MP42 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.

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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