A tremendous amount of shooting and analysis and writing has now gone into my report on the new Zeiss ZF 21/2.8 Distagon, and I’ve gained some solid insights in using it over the past week.
I had hoped to publish a first pass today in Zeiss ZF Lenses (subscriber access here), but I’ve made the decision to defer that until this Wednesday, in order to complete a key portion on vignetting and color. Your patience is appreciated,
On thing the ZF 21/2.8 Distagon does not suffer from is color fringing, which is as well controlled as anything I’ve ever seen in a ~21mm lens. It’s so well corrected I don’t feel any need to use Nikon’s Auto Color Aberration feature.
The ZF 21/2.8 Distagon is in stock at B&H Photo, but order before the April 8 holiday closure (Passover). Although it’s Nikon mount, with a lens adapter Canon users can shoot any ZF lens, and the 21/2.8 is likely to become a favorite for Canon EOS, barring some outstanding new effort from Canon.
Nikon D3x + Zeiss ZF 21/2.8 Distagon @ F/5.6, ISO 800