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Zeiss 21mm f/2.8 Distagon T*

21mm
Review Date: Sep 11, 2020 Recommend? yes | Price paid: $975.00 | Rating: 10 

 
Pros: Amazing lens that produces terrific photos with minimal lens distortion, nice colors, very easy to focus, and very sharp lens.
Cons:
The front glass is enormous and requires a very expensive filters (UV, Circular Polarizer, etc). Weight distribution thrown off with large front.

This fast lens is very sharp, easy to use, and has minimal distortion for a very wide-angle lens. Nice colors. Very easy to focus, one of the easiest in the Distagon line.

 
Zeiss 25mm f/2 Distagon T*

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Review Date: Sep 11, 2020 Recommend? yes | Price paid: Not Indicated | Rating: 10 

 
Pros: Good compact size, easy to focus and focus works with Canon to alert you when it's sharp, also works with meter, relatively light weight for a Zeiss so this along with the 25mm and speed makes for a great daily-use lens. Nice color retention.
Cons:
All metal body makes for more weight.

This is one of my all-time favorite daily-use lenses. I take it everywhere when I travel over most Canon-L lenses because this lens is incredibly sharp, lacks lens distortion, it's easy and fast to focus, and works well with a DSLR Canon camera. Moreover, the colors are just better than most Canon lenses. I won't carry it with me when I need a telephoto lens, but for a 25mm, it's a terrific lens. I also like that it has a quasi-macro focus so you can focus in on some flowers or bugs if you find them along the path. Not quite 1:1, but very sharp for close-up work.

 
Zeiss 100mm f/2 Makro-Planar T*

100mm
Review Date: Mar 10, 2017 Recommend? yes | Price paid: $900.00 | Rating: 10 

 
Pros: Sharpest lens I've ever used! Easy to focus, easy to use, well built all-metal housing. Beautiful bokeh.
Cons:
There is definite chromatic aberrations if the lens is anywhere close to being near wide open and pointed into the light or back-lit. It would be the perfect lens if this didn't exist. Also, I kind of wish it was a 1:1 macro lens.

Although I bought it as a third-hand lens, one could not tell that it wasn't right out of the box (and I did get it in the original box and wrapping). I think lenses like this are well taken care of no matter how many times they're sold. This lens is amazing and takes magnificent photos. I have no plans on selling it - ever! Being a typical traditional Zeiss lens, it's heavy, well built, it produces beautiful bright and magnificently sharp photos, and it's easy to focus, another great thing I find with Zeiss lenses.

I have some Leica lenses and I don't find them nearly as easy to focus as Zeiss lenses, nor the photos as bright, however, Leica has its own ability to make the look of photos unique.

I have a 25mm and a 21mm Zeiss ZE lens, and an older 50mm Zeiss from the 1960's which is also very sharp, but not as sharp or heavy as this lens. Regardless, this 100mm Makro F/2 is by far the best of them all! I think if you have never owned a Zeiss lens, this is a great starter because once you use it, you will be hooked on Zeiss for life!


 
Canon EF 16-35mm f/4 L IS USM

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Review Date: Jan 26, 2016 Recommend? yes | Price paid: $1,099.00 | Rating: 10 

 
Pros: Exceptional Image Quality, Excellent Sharpness throughout the photo, 77mm filter
Cons:
None

Around the time that I was going to purchase this lens, I was also looking to purchase a Carl Zeiss lens because I had always heard about how sharp a Zeiss was. However, everyone told me that this lens was equally as sharp as a Zeiss. I didn't listen and I bought a Zeiss 25mm F/2 prior to buying this lens. A month later, I bought this lens and after comparing them both, this lens is actually a bit sharper than the Zeiss - it's that good! The Zeiss has better color control than this lens does, but then again, it's also a prime lens.

What can I say, this is a fantastic lens! My first big trip I took was to Antelope Canyon and I shot some of my best photos ever with this lens! Not only were they sharp, but the colors and details were outstanding. I also have an EF 17-40mm F/4L which was always my favorite lens, and despite all of the negative comments out there, I still like it, but it's fallen to number two behind this lens, but only because when you compare any lens to this 16-35mm, they fall short.

One more comment I have to make, which is to get the full vibrancy of this lens, use a full-frame camera like a 6D or 5D (I have both). I also have a Rebel SL1 and the photos I've taken with this lens on it just don't display quite the same as my 6D does.

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