Zeiss 21mm f/2.8 Distagon: Brilliant and Sharp (Aperture Series Pine Creek Buildings Thunderstorms, Nikon D810)
This series shot very close in time to the similar series with the 15/2.8 Distagon, so it’s an interesting perspective on the two lenses.
Light was changing by the second; this entire series was shot 4 times (!) to finally manage a complete series with the “spotlight” lighting as I desired, for each aperture. It provides an interesting complement to the 2013 series with its serene autumn weather.
The Zeiss 21mm f/2.8 Distagon offers high brilliance, superb flare control and terrific sharpness. These are reasons to select it over other ultra wides.
But like all ultrawides that are ƒ/2.8 or faster, a field curvature is present (very mild with the 21/2.8 Distagon). This series shows that behavior and discusses how to work with it for optimal results.
In Guide to Zeiss:
Also discussed and shown are its superlative point spread function and the behavior with stopping down.
Include HD and Ultra HD images and large crops from ƒ/2.8 through ƒ/16 along with both color and black and white images and how converted.
I’ve learned that a 1-megawatt hydroelectric generator is planned for the existing mine shaft, to upgrade the current ~100 KW plant. The mine shaft offers natural water flow with a “head” of at least 1500 vertical feed, offering tremendous hdyropower potential. It’s a shame to see a tungsten resource abandonded (risk of foreign supply for a critical metal), but what an awesome and perfect use for an old mine!
Toggle the image below to see the black and white rendition.