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Contax Distagon T* 21mm f/2.8 35mm Primes

5 star rating
                      5 / 5 (7 Reviews)
MSRP : $2432.00

  • Camera Format35 mm SLR
    Lens TypeFixed Focal Length Lens
    Focal Length21mm
    Lens Max Aperturef/2.8
    Min Aperturef/22
    Focus TypeManual Focus
    Macro LensWithout Macro Lens
    Closest Focusing Distance9 in
    Picture Angle92 degrees
    Attachment / Filter Size82 mm
    Groups / Elements15 Elements in 13 Groups
    Diameter3.4 in
    Length3.6 in
    Weight18.24 oz
    Product ID20724486

Product Description

The Distagon T* 21mm F2.8, an ultra wide-angle lens offers improved image performance while reducing chromatic aberrations by using special anomalous dispersion glass. Even with the wide field of view offered by the 21mm focal length, distortion at the frame edge is exceedingly low.

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Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by mike a Expert

Date Reviewed: January 9, 2012

Strengths:    Tank like construction lovely dampened focus . Und zat zeiss pop zooo kool, excuse the pun. Best wide angle option adapted to ff canon although cannon telephoto are the masters in that realm ,not so in w.a.

Weaknesses:    A little prone to flare ,mustache distortion , a little cool ,but the latter two are corectable in pp.

Bottom Line:   
Superb optical performance ,Ive lusted after this lens from its first reviews on photo mags eons ago .I have this lens 3 years and had to replace the rear element as previous owner got a bit heavy handed on cleaning it. Zeiss supplied me with lens element and i have to say super customer service . cutting the chase here. Color ,contrast ,sharpness superb love the mf but not the shape but havent lost sleep over it either.Slightly sharper at mid range apetures than newer version slightly less so at max f/2.8 but not really relavent in the field or printing to max size .

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Duration Product Used:   21+ years

Price Paid:    $1300.00

Purchased At:   private

Similar Products Used:   niknn 28f/2.8 ai-s nikon 35f/1.4 mamiya 35n zeiss 28f/2 zeiss 25f/2.8 65f/3.5 fuji

Type of photography:   Outdoor

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Daniel Geiger a Expert

Date Reviewed: January 1, 2004

Strengths:    No distortion! Stunning optical performance, though getting a bit softer towards the corners when chromes are scanned in at 4000 dpi, but still FAR better than any other wide angles I've used.

Weaknesses:    No distortion. When you need distortion for accentuated curved horizon, this lens will not provide it, even when you put the horizon towards the margin of the frame.

Bottom Line:   
A stunning lens. The 2% pincussion (not barrel) distortion (or lack thereof) is amazing for the 90 degree angle of view.
It is worth every penny!

The shape of the lens is a bit odd, but the internal focussing is very nice. An 82 slim B&W UV protection filter does not cause any vigneting, and I have used a 72 mm oversized Minolta circular polarizing filter (hand held without UV filer) with no vignetting either.

I don't use it every day, but when I need it, every time I am in awe anew.

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Duration Product Used:   21+ years

Price Paid:    $1500.00

Purchased At:   B&H Demo

Similar Products Used:   OM 21mm MF, Pentax 24mm MF

Type of photography:   Outdoor

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Gamer Holger a Expert from Germany

Date Reviewed: February 26, 2001

Strengths:    Outstanding in resolution and contrast even at full aperture. I'ver never owned such a perfect wide angle lens

Weaknesses:    expensive and large filters(82 mm)

Bottom Line:   
This lens is an optical wonder in all aspects

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Duration Product Used:   21+ years

Price Paid:    $950.00

Purchased At:   used at IPS Hamburg

Similar Products Used:   CZ Distagon 2,8/25,
Tokina SL 3,5/17

Type of photography:   Outdoor

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Sarawoot Chittratanawat a Expert from Columbia, MO

Date Reviewed: December 4, 2000

Strengths:    Sharp from edge-to-edge. Outstanding at wide-open. Close focusing. It's one of the correct color renderness. What more... it's Zeiss optics

Weaknesses:    82mm and Metal Hood W-1 are problem. K-94 is very hard to find in market. No hood if I use filter. What should i do?

Bottom Line:   
The best wide-angle for 35mm SLR that you can afford...

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Duration Product Used:   11-20 years

Similar Products Used:   Biogon 21/2.8

Type of photography:   People

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Wayne Chiu a Intermediate from Taiwan

Date Reviewed: November 11, 2000

Strengths:    1.Acturally lower disperssion even at field.
2.More contrasty than theother contax-wide lenses.
3.Images are very flaten!
4.So nice for distortion correction among of SLR wide-angle!
5.Beautiful colors compare with other's contax-wide lenes!
6.Comparing with Leica R-19mm/Rom,it offers better price!

Weaknesses:    When facing at light sources,flare is dangerous!
82mm CPL-w is expansive!
No useful hood!

Bottom Line:   

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Duration Product Used:   6-10 years

Price Paid:    $1150.00

Similar Products Used:   As I mentioned at above.
Optically,this lens is super!
For Operation,this lens is outstanding because it has so wide focusing ring let me feel very enjoyable!
Balance is good when mounted on Pro Contax body,just like medium tele lens!
My experiences for this lens like others,it is so sharp comparing with other's brand(but I think R-19mm/2.8 ROM is another good one except for price)
The main best points from Distagon 21mm/2.8 are:
1.Best color correction from the newest tech for wide angle by Zeiss.

2.although Distagon 21mm is a SLR retrofocus design,the effors from the distortin correct are still wonderful!As you can see from the study-hard effors by Zeiss,the glasses it uses more than 15 pcs,that's why it is so big(long)! The result is (when we watch from viewfinder)like no any ditortion and we can say like 50mm's flatten but covering wider angle!

It is so amazing that I use it as my standar lens,not 35mm or 50mm!

The body of Distagon 21mm/2.8 is a Monster,but is also a good pet!

The 100% dream lens for Contax's users!

Type of photography:   Outdoor

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