ZEISS Milvus 21mm f/2.8 ZE Lens for Canon EF

ZEISS Milvus 21mm f/2.8 ZE Lens for Canon EF

ZEISS Milvus 21mm f/2.8 ZE Lens for Canon EF

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Product Highlights

  • EF Mount Lens/Full-Frame Format
  • Aperture Range: f/2.8 to f/22
  • 4 Anomalous Partial Dispersion Elements
  • Distagon Optical Design
  • Floating Elements System
  • ZEISS T* Anti-Reflective Coating
  • Manual Focus Design
  • Anodized Metal Barrel, Rubber Focus Ring
  • Weather-Sealed Construction
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Lens Mount: Canon EF

Canon EF Nikon F
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ZEISS 21mm f/2.8 overview

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An expansive wide-angle for Canon EF mount DSLRs, the Milvus 21mm f/2.8 ZE Lens from ZEISS utilizes a Distagon design to control distortion and produce sharp, clean imagery with a dynamic perspective. A floating elements system is also employed for consistent performance throughout the aperture range and four anomalous partial dispersion elements are featured to control chromatic aberrations for increased clarity and sharpness. For minimizing flare and ghosting, an enhanced ZEISS T* anti-reflective coating has been applied to benefit working in difficult lighting conditions.

Its manual focus design is complemented by a rubberized focus ring for fine-tuned, precise control over your focus position. Additionally, Milvus-series lenses also feature an equally aesthetic and durable frosted, anodized metal lens barrel surface along with a weather-sealed construction to protect against dust and moisture.

This 21mm f/2.8 lens is designed for full-frame Canon EF mount DSLRs, and can also be used with APS-C models where it will provide a 33.6mm equivalent focal length
Distagon optical design incorporated four anomalous partial dispersion glass elements to greatly control distortions and aberrations, as well as increase sharpness and clarity.
Floating elements system maintains consistent performance when working with both close-up and distant subjects.
Enhanced ZEISS T* anti-reflective coating controls ghosting and flare for high contrast, color-neutral imagery.
Wide-angle perspective pairs with a minimum focusing distance of 8.7" for exaggerating foreground subjects and creating a broad sense of space.
Manual focus design is benefitted by laser-engraved focusing and depth of field scales, along with an IR position dot and hard stops at both infinity and minimum focusing positions.
Weather-resistant construction includes internal seals to guard against dust and moisture as well as a blue sealing ring at the lens mount to protect the lens-camera interface.
All-metal lens barrel has a frosted, anodized surface along with a rubberized focusing ring for both durability and improved tactile control.
In the Box
ZEISS Milvus 21mm f/2.8 ZE Lens for Canon EF
  • Front and Rear Lens Caps
  • Lens Hood
  • Limited 2-Year Warranty
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    ZEISS 21mm f/2.8 specs

    Focal Length 21mm
    Aperture Maximum: f/2.8
    Minimum: f/22
    Camera Mount Type Canon EF
    Format Compatibility 35mm Film / Full-Frame Digital Sensor
    Angle of View 90°
    Minimum Focus Distance 8.66" / 22 cm
    Maximum Reproduction Ratio 1:5
    Optical Design 16 Elements in 13 Groups
    Autofocus No
    Filter Thread Front: 82 mm
    Dimensions (DxL) 3.76 x 3.74" / 95.5 x 95 mm
    Weight 1.87 lb / 851 g
    Packaging Info
    Package Weight 3.4 lb
    Box Dimensions (LxWxH) 11.575 x 6.693 x 5.433"

    ZEISS 21mm f/2.8 reviews

    Milvus 21mm f/2.8 ZE Lens for Canon EF is rated 5.0 out of 5 by 1.
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Wow! I rented this lens and the Canon EF 24mm f/1.4 L II to see if the Zeiss was worth the extra cash and whether I could deal with the manual focus on my 5D Mk III. I know there are manufacturing variations from one sample to another, so it's hard to say whether my experience will be the same as your's. In my tests (same scene, same lighting, shot from a tripod, manual exposure and manual focus) the Zeiss beat the Canon every time in terms of sharpness. The upper right corner of the images taken with the Zeiss were not as sharp as the other corners, but still better than the Canon in every respect. The Canon image sharpness was the same as the Zeiss in the center of the image. The color of the Zeiss images appeared more natural as well, although this difference to the Canon lens was only slight. Finally, chromatic aberrations (CA) in the Zeiss were practically non-existent, while they were prevalent in the Canon. That said, it was easy to eliminate the CA using Lightroom, so in the end, CA wasn't really a factor. Despite the amazing performance of this lens, I would seriously miss the Auto Focus (AF) capability of the Canon. Having to always use Live View, zoom in to x10 magnification, and manually focus every time would wear me out (and seriously frustrate my wife) during our travels. If I was never pressed for time, and was always using a tripod, I would buy the Zeiss in a heartbeat. But for my landscape photography where I like to cover more ground to see more sights, I would go for the Canon lens and its AF capability, fix the chromatic aberrations with software, and just live with the softer corners.
    Date published: 2016-02-05
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