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Zeiss ZE 21mm f/2.8 Distagon: 4 Pages of Examples in Lundy Canyon

Get Canon 5DS R and Zeiss Milvus 21mm at B&H Photo. The older Nikon-mount Zeiss ZF.2 21mm f/2.8 Distagon was still available at $300 off + 4% rewards as this was written.

I’m pleased to present what I think is some of the best work I’ve ever done with the Zeiss 21mm f/2.8 Distagon, at least as a group of images.

These were tough images to process, having extreme contrast for many, which required some experimentation for best results. Also, I’ve included black and white variants which took additional time and care. Finally, I show ACR processing settings for many of the images.

Examples were taken from October 30 through November 4th from idyllic late autumn to early winter snowfall. All examples were shot with the 50-megapixel Canon 5DS R.

Zeiss 21mm f/2.8 Distagon Examples: Lundy Canyon, Before The Snow

Zeiss 21mm f/2.8 Distagon Examples: Lundy Canyon, Drowned Conifers at DuskR)

Zeiss 21mm f/2.8 Distagon Examples: Lundy Canyon, Early Winter

Zeiss 21mm f/2.8 Distagon Examples: Lundy Canyon, Brilliance at the Big Beaver Pond

Images up to 24 megapixels, and many with both color and black and white versions.

The Zeiss 21mm f/2.8 Distagon is surely a must-have lens for any wide-angle shooter, but it is discontinued. However, it reappears now with the same optical formula but with more flare-resistant lens coatings as the Zeiss Milvus 21mm f/2.8 (see the Zeiss 21/2.8 Flare page).

Note that Zeiss has regrettably dropped the venerable 'Distagon', 'Planar' and 'Makro-Planar' designations from the Milvus line branding/sales/PR, etc, but it remains engraved on the lenses themselves. I asked Zeiss marketing/sales about this; the official name is “Zeiss Milvus 2.8/21” (does not include “Distagon”).

Drowned Conifers in Beaver Pond
f8 @ 0.4 sec, ISO 100; 2015-11-01 17:40:49
Canon EOS 5DS R + Zeiss Distagon T* 2.8/21 ZE

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Fresh Snow on Peaks and Meadow
f2.8 @ 1/1600 sec, ISO 100; 2015-11-03 10:11:59
Canon EOS 5DS R + Zeiss Distagon T* 2.8/21 ZE

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