Zeiss Loxia 21mm f/2.8 evaluation: widest-angle prime lens from Zeiss’s Loxia household

Zeiss Loxia 21mm f/2.8 evaluation: widest-angle prime lens from Zeiss’s Loxia household


The Zeiss Loxia 21mm F2.8 is probably the most wide-angle lens within the Zeiss assortment of Loxia lenses. They take their title from a classification of fowl, which I’ve grown used to seeing in Zeiss lenses, this time of a ‘chunky finch’. There’s nothing chunky concerning the lens, nevertheless, because it’s refreshingly compact and light-weight for such an ultra-wide-angle prime. Just like the longer 25mm F2.4, 35mm F2, 50mm F2 and 85mm F2.4 lenses within the Loxia household, this one has a 52mm filter thread which makes it straightforward to combine and match filters throughout the board.

Specs

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Mount choices Sony E (FE)
Lens building 11 parts in 9 teams
Angle of view 91 levels
Focus sort Guide focus
Minimal aperture f/22
Minimal focus distance 0.25m
Most magnification 0.13x
Filter measurement 52mm
Dimensions 62x72mm
Weight 394g

I like that the lens options an aperture management ring, located on the rear. Though it’s now fairly commonplace, Loxia lenses have been the primary to incorporate an aperture ring click on/de-click mechanism, making them equally adept at stills and video seize. Switching between the 2 entails utilizing a provided key, the one draw back being that it’s important to take away the lens from the digicam to make the change.

Construct high quality feels rock strong. The weather-sealed lens contains a metallic casing in addition to a metallic mounting plate, and is impeccably turned out. Not like some ultra-wide-angle lenses, the petal-shaped hood is detachable, enabling the simple attachment of filters, and has the same old bayonet-mount becoming.

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