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The Loxia 21/2.8 appears to match the performance of the Zeiss ZF.2 21mm f/2.8 Distagon in a much smaller and lighter package. Thus the potential for high image quality in a very compact size with a mirrorless camera is realized in the most persuasive form yet delivered to the market (as of Oct 2015). It is about 1/3 lighter than its DSLR sibling and its considerably narrower front-end makes it feel even smaller than it is.
Compared to its 21/2.8 Distagon DSLR sibling, the Loxia 21/2.8 Distagon is about 1/3 lighter (377g vs 583g). This can be felt on the camera and in the field carrying the camera around the neck; the Loxia 21/2.8 is eminently friendly for carrying.
The Loxia 21/2.8 is much more compact than its SLR sibling. Moreover its uniform diameter makes it feel even smaller than measurements might suggest. Roughly speaking, the Loxia 21/2.8 is the size and weight of the ZF.2 21/1.28 with its front end lopped off. In the field on a camera, the difference in bulk feels like night and day in terms of handling—very welcome, along with the much smaller filter size (52mm vs 82mm). As a total package, the Loxia 21/2.8 on a Sony A7R II stows in a much smaller space than a Nikon D810 + ZF.2 21/2.8 Distagon—eminently practical for hiking and similar.
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