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


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About Zeiss 21mm F/2.8

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Carl Zeiss is proud to present the Distagon T* 2,8/21 ZE, an ultra-wide-angle lens with EF bayonet designed specifically for such tricky shooting moments. Designed to fit all analog and digital EOS camera models, it is ideal for architectural, landscape and a wide variety of other applications. It is also ideally suited for shooting HD video due to its wide focus rotation, superb image quality and minimal breathing characteristics. Following the recent release of the Distagon T* 3,5/18 ZE, the new Distagon T* 2,8/21 ZE is now the second Carl Zeiss wide-angle lens with EF bayonet on the market and the fourth lens in the ZE product range.

The Zeiss 21mm F/2.8 is commonly used for Landscape/scenery, Low light, Night photography and more.The Zeiss 21mm F/2.8 is most used by customers who consider themselves to be a Photo enthusiast, Semi-pro photographer among others.The Zeiss 21mm F/2.8 is popular because customers like the following qualities of the Zeiss 21mm F/2.8: Consistent output, Durable, Nice bokeh, Rugged and Strong construction

Summary of Customer Reviews

Customers most agreed on the following attributes:
Strong construction (14),Durable (12),Consistent output (11),Nice bokeh (11),Rugged (8),Easily interchangeable (3)
Heavy (6)
Best Uses:
Landscape/scenery (14),Low light (7),Night photography (6),Video (3)
Reviewer Profile:
Photo enthusiast (8),Semi-pro photographer (8)

Zeiss 21mm F/2.8 Features

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

Zeiss 21mm F/2.8 Specifications

Filter Size
f/Stop Range
2.8-22 (1/2 steps)
Minimum Focus Distance
8.6" (0.22 m)
Angle of View
Maximum Diameter
3.4" (87mm)
4.3" (109mm)
1.3 lbs (600g)
Zeiss warranty
Mfr #

Zeiss 21mm F/2.8 Reviews

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(based on 16 reviews)


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Most Liked Positive Review


Great Lens

Amazing results and very consistent output. The color rendering and detail are truly outstanding. Sometimes I miss an extra f stop for video. But I'm really happy with the product.

Reviewed by 16 customers

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)




from NYNY  -  Photo Enthusiast

Very sharp lens and contrasts that are not attainable through zoom lenses.


Excellent for Landscapes


from Durham, NC  -  Photo Enthusiast

I traded my Canon EF 16-35 f/2.8 L USM II for this lens. I liked the 16-35, but was unhappy with the corners. The Zeiss 21 is simply incredible. Tack-sharp and contrasty from corner-to-corner. There also is a rich, textured vibrancy to the image that is especially apparent when the image has lots of detail: the famous Zeiss micro-contrast in action. I love the images that come out of this lens. I do not miss either the zoom or the autofocus of the 16-35 for landscapes: I enjoy working with a single-focal length for my compositions, and autofocus is more of a distraction than help with landscapes. However, I also used the 16-35 for general travel and candids. This is challenging with the Zeiss.

(0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)


This is a great lens


from Oakland, CA  -  Photo Enthusiast

This is the sharpest lens I have used.


First Zeiss lens


from Michigan  -  Photo Enthusiast

I haven't had the lens long enough to thoroughly evaluate it, but from what I've seen so far, it's amazing. What I noticed immediately was the wonderful color saturation. The clarity is sparkling. I am taking this to Yellowstone in a few weeks. I love this lens.


You WILL want this lens


from Canada  -  Photo Enthusiast

This is not a very versatile lens but what it does do is deliver super sharp, clear images. Build quality is excellent. Lens flar and sunstar are terrible and you can forget taking stich shots for panos etc. The more I go through my images taken with this lens the more I love it. Read my full review at http://www.fototripper.com/carl-zeiss-21mm-distagon-lens-review/

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)


Build quality as beautiful as the images


from Kansas City  -  Semi-pro Photographer

This is just such a fine piece of equipment. Heavy, sturdy,smooth...like a sports car with power to spare. I really like the images too. Manual focus isn't an issue. I've dropped this lens already and it may have dented the floor, not the lens!! Nearly had a heart attack, but geez its well built. Image quality is fantastic, great contrast, great images

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)


Great Lens value


from Salt Lake City, UT  -  Semi-pro Photographer

Just another great product made by Zeiss. Always consistent quality.

(2 of 3 customers found this review helpful)




from Mahwah, nj  -  Semi-pro Photographer

This lens is amazing .... Sharp at all stops on a D800. Only con is manual focus ... But is that real a con ??


Sharp and easy to get the focus right


from Austin, Texas  -  Photo Enthusiast

I have 28-75mm f2.8, 100mm f2.0, 35mm f2.0, 8-16mm f4 fisheye, but I did not have relatively wide lens for my 5D Mark III and 7D. I considered wide zoom lens as well as prime from Canon and other makers, but Zeiss stood out as the best lens for the sharpness, although there was no auto focus and it was expensive. However, for the landscapes I wanted the best sharpness and i went ahead and purchased the Zeiss 21mm f2.8 lens. It is very sharp and is easy to work with Canon 5D Mark III, and I cannot wait to take it to Hawaii trip next month. I am satisfied with the lens and I am sure I will be using it for the next 10-15 years (which makes the lens [$] per annum).


Great Lenses


from North Georgia  -  Photo Enthusiast

I love the look of photos right out of the Canon 5Diii with the 21MM Zeiss. Minimal or no computer correction needed.Great build quality and the 5D is easy to manual focus and does so spot on


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Sonam T  can i use this len for my Lumis Gxi?
DUKE S  Sorry, I can't help.
Shopper  How does this compare to the Canon 20mm?
ARNOLD K  I cannot answer that question directly as I have not owned the 20mm Canon. Remember that the Canon will autofocus while the Zeiss will not. I have since migrated to Nikon and no longer have the lens. I just found myself not shooting superwide. I loved the images coming from this lens as the color and resolution were remarkable.
Lucille M  does this come for a nikon d800E?
ROY R  I'm not familiar with Nikon cameras but I do know it is available in a standard Nikon mount and a Canon mount. If the D800E has a standard Nikon mount then it will work. The however, is so exquisite it would almost be worth switching to a camera that does accept it. It has been the first real example of quality manufacturing that I have ever used. I'm still lying to my wife about the cost but it's worth it, so get it !
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