Further readings for the Carl Zeiss Distagon T 21mm f/2.8 ZE Canon
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Rather than follow established trends for high-grade, high-speed lenses that are inevitably large, heavy, and cumbersome, the manual-focus Loxia series from Zeiss, like the AF Batis range, feature the same high-grade optics, but with more modest maximum apertures in a form factor based on the premise of the tiny size of the Sony A7 full-frame mirrorless cameras themselves. Announced in October, 2015, the $1499 Zeiss Loxia 21mm f2.8 is a super-wide-angle prime with a new Distagon design that’s been optimized for the demands of digital capture.
In the lead up to Photokina 2012, Canon announced the new Canon EOS 6D full-frame entry-point model within days of Nikon publicizing their most-affordable full-frame camera to date, the 24-Mpix D600. While the EOS 6D boasted some attention grabbing features including built-in WiFi and GPS and slightly undercut the Nikon on price, it couldn’t match its rival in one or two key areas, namely the less populated AF system and lower resolution sensor.
The second in our series of selecting the best-quality lenses for your camera concentrates on one of the most highly-anticipated cameras of our time, the successor to the hugely popular EOS 5D Mark II. But by the time it was announced, in early March, it’s probably fair to say Nikon had taken fair amount of interest away by announcing the 36M-Pix D800 and D800E models the month before. Be that as it may, there’s no denying the 22.3 M-Pix EOS 5D Mark III is a remarkably capable camera, and a formidable rival to the Nikon.
After almost 25 years, Canon has updated one of its oldest prime lenses with the new Canon EF 24mm f/2.8 IS USM. Adding optical image stabilization and a ring-type ultrasonic autofocus motor, the new fixed, wide-angle lens is an update to the Canon 24mm f/2.8 wide-angle prime originally released in November of 1988.
If we have some time left we will re-check this lens. However note that other Zeiss wide angle lenses score similarly (check the Carl Zeiss Distagon T 18mm f/3.5 ZE Canon as an example). It has been directly sent by a Zeiss distributor in France. The real good aspect of this lens is the control of chromatic aberration and distortion.