Zeiss 21mm f/2.8 Distagon T* ZF.2 Series Lens for Nikon F Mount SLR Cameras

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For limited time only, save 16.00% on the Zeiss 21mm F/2.8 dropping from $1843.00 to $1543.00 when you buy this item at Adorama.com and Shipping is free! . The Zeiss 21mm F/2.8 also comes in Zeiss Ikon 1767823 21mm f2.8 Distagon T* ZF.2 Lens f/Nikon F Mount -BUNDLE- and a Zeiss ZF.2 SLR 5-Lens Bundle & Transport Case .

The ZEISS ZF.2 with F bayonet for digital SLRs. Thanks to its electronic interface (CPU), these new ZEISS lenses support all-important operations such as the automatic exposure for shutter priority, aperture priority and program modes. The CPU also supports manual exposure settings, including those for camera casings that are not AI-compatible. Since the lens now transmits the EXIF data such as manufacturer, date, metering system and exposure settings, photographers no longer need to set the parameters manually. These quicker and faster handling capabilities of the ZF.2 lenses are especially useful under hectic shooting conditions.

ZEISS lenses truly come into their own in situations that demand extreme photographic creativity and maximum image quality. Carl Zeiss' fixed focal length lenses are known for their high light sensitivity and precise manual handling, leaving the photographer in full control. The new ZF.2 series will be especially interesting for photo enthusiasts who value creative, high-quality images combined with the comfort of automatic settings.

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

  • ZF.2 Support all-important operations such as the automatic exposure for shutter priority, aperture priority and program modes
  • The CPU also supports manual exposure settings, including those for camera casings that are not AI-compatible.
  • The lens now transmits the EXIF data such as manufacturer, date, metering system and exposure settings
  • 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

Focal Length
21 mm
Aperture range
f/2.8 - f/22 (1/2 steps)
Focusing range
0.22 m - infinity
Image ratio at close range
1 : 5
Coverage at close range
18 cm x 12 cm
Number of elements/groups
Angular field (diag./horiz./vert.)
90° / 81° / 59°
M 82 x 0.75
87 mm
Dimensions (with caps)
110 mm
620 g
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



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

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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Shopper  Why Did You Choose This?
DANNY B  built is superb, sharp from 2.8 all the way to f22. exotic look and Zeiss quality exudes from the moment I touch it. It's addicting to use and own.
Arthur C  The photo doesn't look like the ZF.2, looks more like the ZF. Are you sure this photo is accurate?
ALEX D  I ordered the ZF.2 and got that (CPU for Nikon cameras works to adjust aperture) so you can trust the description. Even though the lens was on backorder I got it within a week including shipping in NYC. I like the lens as a whole and is very sharp even out to the corners. The downside is that this lens is a beast. It is heavy and it doesn't do well with some filters. Specifically the Cokin P type should work wih this lens according to Cokin but I see vignetting from the filter holder ring. If you are a backpacker I would conider a lighter fixed prime lens but if weight is not an issue it is a great lens. Btw I am using it on the D800E in case you are interested.
Shopper  will this fit my nikon d200?
BRUCE W  yes, you will love this lens!!!

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