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Zeiss 21mm f/2.8 ZE Distagon
« on: February 06, 2014, 10:34:45 AM »
I just got this lens yesterday and took it out for a spin.  These were my favorite shots so far:


Utah Valley Car Lights by yorgasor, on Flickr


Capitol Fountain by yorgasor, on Flickr

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Zeiss 21mm f/2.8 ZE Distagon
« on: February 06, 2014, 10:34:45 AM »

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Re: Zeiss 21mm f/2.8 ZE Distagon
« Reply #1 on: February 06, 2014, 01:26:06 PM »
great lens & beautiful shots, especially like the first one!

thx for sharing.

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Re: Zeiss 21mm f/2.8 ZE Distagon
« Reply #2 on: February 21, 2014, 04:28:02 PM »
Here are a few more of my favorites from my last trip:


Moonlit Bridge by yorgasor, on Flickr


Delicate Arch Viewpoint by yorgasor, on Flickr


Deadhorse Sunrise by yorgasor, on Flickr

It's a great lens, and I find myself looking for excuses to pull it out.  Also, it seems the first image I posted is no longer available, probably because I uploaded a fixed version of it.  I'll try it again here:


Utah Valley Car Lights by yorgasor, on Flickr

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A few photos from Iceland using the Zeiss Distagon 21mm f/2.8
« Reply #3 on: April 22, 2014, 03:46:05 PM »
A couple of months ago I was asking for advice on which wide-angle lens to go for, as I was planning a trip to Iceland. After the advice I received I rented the Zeiss 21mm and although I didn't actually use it all that much (I didn't have any filters for it and using a step-down ring meant vignetting in each corner) it was successful for when the northern lights finally came out to play. Here's a couple of images from my trip:


Northern Lights over Jokulsarlon
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Northern Light Burst
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Sitting on the Beach
by sophieatkinson, on Flickr


Wrecked Boat, Berufjörður
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Sunset near Lagarfljot, Eastern Iceland
by sophieatkinson, on Flickr


Grasses at Stokksnes, Höfn
by sophieatkinson, on Flickr (quality on saving this one down isn't great at the edges).

Anyway, thanks for all the help! It was a great fun lens to use, but fortunately I didn't fall in love with it enough to rush out and spend the huge amounts needed to buy it! Will stick with my 24-70mm f/2.8 mark I for the moment.

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Re: Zeiss 21mm f/2.8 ZE Distagon
« Reply #4 on: June 04, 2014, 04:23:22 AM »
I´ve been looking at this lens for quite some time and finally pulled the plug. This is actually the first image I ever shot with it, during a visit to The Breakers in Newport, RI. Would have preferred a TS-E lens, but in general I am very impressed with the optical performance of this lens. Mechanically it is just superb.

This was shot handheld with a 5DIII, with a polarizing filter.
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Re: Zeiss 21mm f/2.8 ZE Distagon
« Reply #5 on: June 04, 2014, 12:54:49 PM »
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Sophie Carr's of the Northern Lights are the best I've seen of that phenomenon.

And Eldar, I'm glad to see you now have that lens -- I expect great images from you!!

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Re: Zeiss 21mm f/2.8 ZE Distagon
« Reply #6 on: June 10, 2014, 04:51:28 PM »
Well distant.star, I would not have too high hopes for my wide angle images. This is actually something I find very difficult. But I can´t complain about the equipment. This lens is clearly amongst the best primes you can hook on the a DSLR.

This is from the coastline off Stonehaven in Scotland. The ruins of Dunnottar castle can be seen in the top right corner. We didn´t get the best light, but the green is about as green green gets ...

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Re: Zeiss 21mm f/2.8 ZE Distagon
« Reply #6 on: June 10, 2014, 04:51:28 PM »

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Re: Zeiss 21mm f/2.8 ZE Distagon
« Reply #7 on: July 06, 2014, 05:06:56 AM »
I have posted quite a few images from this trip on other threads (Zeiss 15mm, Zeiss Otus 55, 5DIII and Waterscapes), but I did use the 21mm also. Some people argue that a polarizing filter on these UWA lenses does not work, due to uneven coloring of the sky. I find them very useful on both this lens and the 15mm.

This is another from Gullfoss (Gold Fall), the largest water fall in Europe.

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Re: Zeiss 21mm f/2.8 ZE Distagon
« Reply #8 on: July 06, 2014, 05:29:30 AM »
This one is from Þingvellir National Park on Iceland, where the Althing, an open-air assembly representing the whole of Iceland, was established in 930 and continued to meet until 1798. Over two weeks a year, the assembly set laws - seen as a covenant between free men - and settled disputes.

The most remarkable thing about this area is that it clearly shows the escarpment between the European and American continental shelves. And it has these phenomenal lava sculptures.

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Re: Zeiss 21mm f/2.8 ZE Distagon
« Reply #9 on: July 06, 2014, 06:07:50 AM »
Godafoss, Fall of the Gods, Iceland.

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Re: Zeiss 21mm f/2.8 ZE Distagon
« Reply #10 on: July 06, 2014, 07:22:17 AM »
It's a great lens, got me into the BBC's Countyfile calendar... :)

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Re: Zeiss 21mm f/2.8 ZE Distagon
« Reply #11 on: July 07, 2014, 11:25:51 AM »
It's a great lens, got me into the BBC's Countyfile calendar... :)
Beautiful image Jamie!
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Re: Zeiss 21mm f/2.8 ZE Distagon
« Reply #12 on: July 07, 2014, 12:48:07 PM »
Hi Guys,

Lovely Pics!!!

Just bought this lens a few months ago coming from a canon 17-40, and let me say WOW, what a lens. This beauty delivers every single time, i was never fully happy with the canon, sometimes with very good results  but sometimes not so good.

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« Reply #12 on: July 07, 2014, 12:48:07 PM »

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Re: Zeiss 21mm f/2.8 ZE Distagon
« Reply #13 on: July 07, 2014, 01:21:13 PM »
Jamie, YOU got yourself into the BBC calendar. The lens helped. That is wonderful light and composition. Eldar, that is a lovely shot of the historical Althing site, which has no buildings but is nevertheless a World Legal Heritage site.

I am a lucky owner of a used version of this lens, in pristine shape. I find that it takes some compositional work to come up with good photos, and that 28-35mm is a much easier FL to shoot. My landscape bag includes this lens, Sigma 35mm f/1.4 Art, 6D, CPL, Lee holder and GNDs, shutter release. Tripod comes in its own bag. ~5 kg of kit total. It still feels like a lot, when hiking up steep grades.

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Re: Zeiss 21mm f/2.8 ZE Distagon
« Reply #14 on: August 03, 2014, 03:50:41 PM »
I have primarily used the Zeiss 15mm for WA shots this summer, so the 21mm was left in the bag a bit too much. But every time I use it, it delivers.

This is the view off Brønnøysund, north of Norway at 23:00, a few minutes before sunset.

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Re: Zeiss 21mm f/2.8 ZE Distagon
« Reply #14 on: August 03, 2014, 03:50:41 PM »