Zeiss Loxia 2.8/21 Review – Excellent Manual Focus Experience

The Zeiss Loxia 2.8/21 is the third from the company’s series of high-end manual focusing lenses which is made for Sony’s mirrorless camera systems. It has an ultra-wide field of view when mounted on a full-frame camera (the 21-millimeter focal length of the lens would suggest that), and a moderately wide-angle for an APS-C model (i.e. Sony Alpha 6000). Photographers and videographers are sure to appreciate the image quality that the lens can bring. There is a manual focus ring and clickless aperture control that are sure to bring joy to shutterbugs everywhere, that is if they own a Sony mirrorless camera.

Zeiss Loxia 2.8/21 Review - Excellent Manual Focus Experience

Shoot Sharp Wide-Angle Photos With the Zeiss Loxia 2.8/21

Measuring at only 2.8 x 2.4-inches for its height and diameter, the Zeiss Loxia 2.8/21 is a compact lens at that size. However, this miniature lens is not so tiny when it comes to its heft as it weighs 12.9-ounces. This is by far one of the heaviest wide-angle lenses that you can find. However, its weight is due to its build quality.

The barrel of the lens is all made in metal, and the design incorporates that of an o-ring found at the lens mount. This ring prevents dust and moisture from entering the camera at that point. Therefore, you can be sure that you won’t suffer from physical grains hindering the beauty of your shots.

If you’re a landscape photographer and you want to make use of your filters, do know that the Zeiss Loxia 2.8/21 lens uses 52-millimeters for its front filters. This characteristic is shared with the Loxia 50 and the Loxia 35. There is also a lens hood included in the package if you’re worried about that.

When it comes to performance, this wide-angle lens outperforms a lot of its competitors. It has a performance level that is strong enough through most of the frame, especially in the center of the image. When you get down to f/4, the sharpness boosts even further, and at f/5.6, sharpness boosts another notch, and so forth for further aperture readings.

While this is a powerful wide-angle lens, the Zeiss Loxia 2.8/21 is for manual focus devotees only. While appealing to a niche audience is not necessarily a bad thing, there is that certain satisfaction of getting a perfect, in-focus shot by manually adjusting the focus ring of a lens. For those who are able to capture the right focus level, then you are about to be blown away by the sharpness of the images that were shot by this lens.


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