Zeiss Distagon T* 21mm f/2.8 ZF (DX) - Review / Test Report - Sample Images & Verdict
Lens Reviews - Nikon / Nikkor (APS-C)

Sample Shots

The following sample shots were taken with a D300 and RAW-converted via CaptureOne 4.8.

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Make NIKON CORPORATION
Model NIKON D300
ISO Speed 200
Focal Length 21.0mm
Aperture: f/8.0
Exposure 1/160s
Make NIKON CORPORATION
Model NIKON D300
ISO Speed 200
Focal Length 21.0mm
Aperture: f/4.0
Exposure 1/500s
Make NIKON CORPORATION
Model NIKON D300
ISO Speed 200
Focal Length 21.0mm
Aperture: f/4.0
Exposure 1/2000s
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Model NIKON D300
ISO Speed 200
Focal Length 21.0mm
Aperture: f/4.0
Exposure 1/1600s
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Model NIKON D300
ISO Speed 200
Focal Length 21.0mm
Aperture: f/4.0
Exposure 1/1250s
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Model NIKON D300
ISO Speed 200
Focal Length 21.0mm
Aperture: f/2.8
Exposure 1/2500s
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Model NIKON D300
ISO Speed 200
Focal Length 21.0mm
Aperture: f/5.6
Exposure 1/1000s
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Model NIKON D300
ISO Speed 200
Focal Length 21.0mm
Aperture: f/5.6
Exposure 1/800s
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Model NIKON D300
ISO Speed 200
Focal Length 21.0mm
Aperture: f/2.8
Exposure 1/3200s
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Model NIKON D300
ISO Speed 200
Focal Length 21.0mm
Aperture: f/4.0
Exposure 1/1250s
Make NIKON CORPORATION
Model NIKON D300
ISO Speed 200
Focal Length 21.0mm
Aperture: f/8.0
Exposure 1/250s
Make NIKON CORPORATION
Model NIKON D300
ISO Speed 200
Focal Length 21.0mm
Aperture: f/5.6
Exposure 1/2500s

Verdict

The Zeiss Distagon T* 21mm f/2.8 ZF is a legendary lens, and in this review it certainly shows why. The sharpness is impressive at any aperture and across the whole DX frame. Lateral CAs are very low and as such contributing to the high resolution perception. Vignetting and distortion are also well controlled and not a field-relevant issue for most subjects.

Just like the rest of its family the Zeiss lens is built to the highest standards. Some users may complain about the lack of AF but, frankly, this is usually a non-issue for an ultra-wide lens. The focus confirmation is available in the viewfinder and in very critical (close focus) scenes Live-View can give you a helping hand.

All-in-all highly recommended!

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