Zeiss 21mm f/2.8 Distagon T* Manual Focus Lens
Lens Includes• Front & Rear Lens Caps
• Lens Hood
• 2-Year Warranty
ReviewsBetter Photos without Adobe's Help, July 1, 2010
By Russell J. T. Dyer (New Orleans & Milan)
This review is from: Zeiss Ikon Super-Wide Angle 2.8/21mm Distagon T* ZE Series Lens for Canon EOS Digital SLR Cameras (Electronics)
I just bought one of these lenses a couple of weeks ago. I thought it would be a nice lens to add to my small collection of Canon L-series lens. I knew it would be a good lens, but I'm surprised at its high quality. I never imagined a lens could be so clear and produce such good colors. It's the best lens I now own.
When I first bought the Zeiss Distagon 21mm, I took a few shots near my home with my daughter (see the customer images) to try it out. I was impressed. However, a few days later we went on a short trip out-of-town for the day. I took my Canon 5D, II camera and only two lenses with me: the Zeiss 21mm and Canon EOS L 24-105mm f/4. I ended up shooting all of my photos with the Zeiss: I just got closer to my subjects instead of switching to the zoom lens. The pictures were awesome. When I loaded them on my computer and into Adobe Lightroom, they needed almost no adjustments. Mostly, I just added some fill light to some of the images. They were extremely clear and full of color on their own. There was no need for adjusting clarity, saturation, vibrance, or anything. Nothing beats taking great pictures in the camera. I thought my Canon 5D, II was spectacular before. Now, it's even better.
If you decide to buy this lens, and you have a Canon 5D, II camera, you should change your focusing screen to a Canon Eg-S Focusing Precision Screen since it's a manual focus only lens. It may sound complicated or scary to do, but it's easy once you've done it once. Just don't touch the screen. You'll get a finger print on it and never get it clean and only scratch it and ruin it when you try to clean it. Once you change the focusing screen, using the manual focus is much easier and not a problem at all. I was reluctant to buy this lens originally because it didn't have auto-focus. I've found that I don't need it after all.
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