ZEISS Loxia 21mm f/2.8 Lens for Sony E Mount

ZEISS Loxia 21mm f/2.8 Lens for Sony E Mount

ZEISS Loxia 21mm f/2.8 Lens for Sony E Mount

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Product Highlights

  • E Mount Lens/Full-Frame Format
  • Aperture Range: f/2.8 to f/22
  • Distagon Optical Design
  • 4 Anomalous Partial Dispersion Elements
  • 1 Aspherical Element
  • ZEISS T* Anti-Reflective Coating
  • Manual Focus Design
  • Manual Aperture Ring Can Be De-Clicked
  • All-Metal Barrel, Engraved Scales
  • Weather-Resistant Lens Mount Gasket
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ZEISS 21mm f/2.8 overview

  • 1Description

Featuring a compact form factor well-suited for full-frame Sony E mount mirrorless cameras, the Loxia 21mm f/2.8 Lens from ZEISS is a wide-angle prime based on the Distagon optical concept for a marked reduction in distortion as well as consistent, even illumination and sharpness from edge to edge. The optical design also incorporates four anomalous partial dispersion elements and one aspherical element to control chromatic aberrations and increase overall clarity and color accuracy. A ZEISS T* anti-reflective coating has also been applied to lens elements to minimize lens flare and ghosting for greater contrast.

Loxia lenses are distinct in that they feature a manual focus design that has been specifically tailored for use with electronic viewfinders, and also feature a manual aperture ring that can be de-clicked for silent operation; making them especially well-suited to filmmaking applications. The all-metal lens barrel incorporates engraved focusing and depth of field scales, and a 90° focus throw offers fine-tuned control over focusing position as close as 9.8" away. Additionally, a weather-resistant gasket is featured at the lens mount to protect the lens-camera interface from dust and moisture.

Prime wide-angle lens is designed specifically for full-frame E mount mirrorless cameras, however can also be used on APS-C models where it will provide a 31.5mm equivalent focal length.
Bright f/2.8 maximum aperture permits working in low-light conditions and also helps to maintain the compact overall form factor of the lens.
Based on the Distagon optical concept, this lens delivers virtually distortion-free performance that pairs well with the broad angle of view.
Four anomalous partial dispersion elements and one aspherical element combine to limit chromatic and spherical aberrations for cleaner, sharper image quality.
ZEISS T* anti-reflective coatings have been applied to each lens surface to help minimize reflections in order to provide greater image clarity, contrast and color fidelity.
Manual focus design is accentuated by a knurled metal focusing ring, 90° focus ring rotational angle, and engraved depth of field and distance scale markings.
The manual aperture ring can be mechanically 'de-clicked' for smooth, silent rotation throughout the aperture range; making it ideal for video applications.
The lens mount is fitted with an electronic interface that conveys all lens EXIF data to the camera and can also be configured to automatically activate the camera's focusing magnification function when turning the focus ring.
An all-metal lens barrel is fitted with a weather-resistant gasket at the lens mount to protect against moisture and dust from reaching the image sensor or rear lens element.
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ZEISS Loxia 21mm f/2.8 Lens for Sony E Mount
  • 52mm Front Lens Cap for Touit and Loxia Lenses
  • Rear Lens Cap for Loxia E-Mount Lenses
  • Lens Hood
  • De-Click Key for Loxia Lenses
  • 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 Sony E
    Format Compatibility 35mm Film / Full-Frame Digital Sensor
    Angle of View 91°
    Minimum Focus Distance 9.84" (25 cm)
    Maximum Reproduction Ratio 1:7.81
    Elements/Groups 11 / 9
    Autofocus No
    Filter Thread Front: 52 mm
    Dimensions (DxL) Approx. 2.44 x 2.83" (62.1 x 72 mm)
    Weight 13.90 oz (394 g)
    Packaging Info
    Package Weight 1.8 lb
    Box Dimensions (LxWxH) 8.9 x 5.4 x 4.8"

    ZEISS 21mm f/2.8 reviews

    Loxia 21mm f/2.8 Lens for Sony E Mount is rated 4.8 out of 5 by 36.
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from A splurge, and absolutely worth it This is an expensive lens, by my standards, but the first I've found that takes every advantage of the 42-megapixel sensor in my Sony A7rII. It is crisp from corner to corner, even wide open, and the color and contrast are a revelation. I used my old Canon FD lenses (20mm and 17mm) for a long time, and they were great, but this lens is in a different class altogether. It's manual, but I see that as an asset, especially since (particularly with wide-angles) autofocus doesn't regularly focus where I want it to. AND, this lens is sufficiently automated to engage the focus-magnification feature in my camera, and leave behind EXIF data, too! This is one heck of a lens.
    Date published: 2016-07-05
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from A keeper for wide angle shooters The Good: Sharp images, very little distortion, nice colors, fast, compact and fun to use (I am an amateur photographer) The Bad: As other reviewers stated, a little tricky to connect to camera housing due to weather sealing and limited grip area. Very little real estate between aperture ring and focus ring, hence caution is advised when changing aperture. Last, but not least: Rather expensive lens! The Ugly: No complaints here. Summary: For amateur shooters who are really into wide angle photography, I'd say it is worth the money. If you shoot W.A. only occasionally, you might be content with a 24 mm legacy lens.
    Date published: 2016-07-10
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Oh my. I've heard so many good things about the Loxia 21 compared to the DSLR version, the Distagon 21/2.8, that I've been using on my A7RII. I expected the Loxia to be better, but...what a difference. Center sharpness is similar, although I'd say with a slight edge to the Loxia. But the ends on Loxia are also terrific, even into the farthest tips of the corners. Simply amazing, and when you consider the reduced bulk and weight, it's a no brainer. I should have ordered it sooner. Hoping for a 28mm Loxia sometime soon...
    Date published: 2016-11-09
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Worth the hype The most gorgeous wide angle lens I have ever used. The focus ring is insanely smooth, the build is incredible, and the pictures have a sharpness and a look that you will fall in love with. The best of the Loxia line and one of the best wide lenses you will ever use. Extra points for the fantastic hood and being able to de-click the aperture for video. A fantastic lens for photography and video. It does vignette wide open, but that's to be expected and is gone once you stop down.
    Date published: 2016-03-21
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Zeiss, please expand the Loxia line! I was initially torn between the Batis 18 and the Loxia 21. I had a lot of trepidation contemplating the purchase of a manual focus lens, especially to pair with such an advanced camera system such as the Sony A7Rii. After renting both, I quickly decided that it was a no-brainer, and the Loxia 21 was the superior lens of the two, for my purposes in landscape photography. Took the Loxia 21 with me on a 3 week trip to France, and it hardly came off my camera. I loved this lens so much, that when I return from my trip, I immediately purchased the Loxia 35. I will most likely end up purchasing the Loxia 50 as well as any other Loxia lens that Zeiss ends up creating. As many reviews have stated, the build quality is second to none, and the form factor is a PERFECT match for the A7 line. The image quality is stunning. If you own an A7 series camera and wide angle/landscape photography is your thing, this lens is a must own.
    Date published: 2016-08-30
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from excellent optic, aperture design lacking Very sharp, better than the Zeiss 25/2. Which wasn't as sharp as my adapted Canon 16-35 f/4. For precise focus On the A7r2, I focus wide open in A mode w/magnified view & stop down to expose. Not ideal! I would have preferred auto aperture. Off of the tripod I zone focus using the distance scale. Again auto aperture & magnified view would have been better. I don't care for focus peaking on a wide angle lens. The aperture ring is to flush with lens body, difficult to use. I added two layers of 3/16 wide Gorilla(thick) tape to the aperture ring. It raises it up enough to make aperture changes easier. Not exactly in keeping with the jewel like quality of the lens, but it works. I've used it for years on other camera's. Heat's not a problem in the NW, in the SW maybe less so.
    Date published: 2016-05-12
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from Superb Sharp! I sold my Sony Zeiss 16-35 2.8 to purchase this lens and I made the right decision. I would have preferred auto focus but can live without it. I use this lens for architecture and landscape. The best image quality achieved at f8.
    Date published: 2016-03-14
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Fantastic One of the most enjoyable lenses you can use on an A7 series and probably one of my favorite lenses I have ever used. Just a fantastic rendering and great sharpness. It has to be one the best wide angle lenses I have had the pleasure to use. Expensive, but in this case you really get what you pay for. Good luck finding it in stock, but hopefully it will be more available.
    Date published: 2016-03-28
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