Zeiss ZE 21mm f/2.8

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The Zeiss 21mm Distagon is a legendary lens among SLR shooters. For years, the out-of-production Contax version of the lens sold for $4,000-$5,000 to be shot mounted on adapters on modern SLR cameras, since it was widely considered the sharpest wide-angle lens ever made. Now Zeiss has remade the 21mm in ZE (Canon) mount with modern anti-reflective coatings.

For those of you who aren’t aware, this is a manual focus lens, but will auto expose and gives full TTL information.

Sale of Zeiss ZE lenses: We are a registered Zeiss dealer and sell new in box, fully warrantied Zeiss ZE lenses and now stock for immediate delivery in our For Sale section. If the lens is listed, a new in box copy of the lens is in stock for immediate shipment. If it is not listed, it is backordered, although we still have rental copies available.

Zeiss Try and Buy: We offer a new service with ZE lenses only. First rent any ZE lens for 4 days. Then if you decide you want to buy it, we will apply your 4 day rental fee to the purchase of a brand new copy at our listed price. (Note: this is not your used rental copy. You will be buying a new lens.)

Roger Cicala

Roger's Take

Roger Cicala

President of LensRentals.com

There are several mysteries in life I am just not able to understand: How were the pyramids built? Why does my wife say “fine!” when she means “eat dirt and die!”? And why isn’t everyone lining up to shoot with this lens? It really is remarkable—the sharpest resolution in a wide angle I’ve ever seen plus superb microcontrast and color. I loved the original for Zeiss 21mm in Contax mount, and this one is every bit as good, perhaps a bit better. It does have the famous ‘mustache distortion’ seen in the original, so it’s not the best lens for architectural work, but for landscapes and other wide angle shots it’s just amazing.

Filter Size
82mm (nonrotating front element)
1.8 lb
Minimum Focusing Distance
0.75 foot
Maximum Magnification
Angle of view: (full frame)
90 degrees
Zoom method
Image Stabilization
Focusing System
Internal focusing, nonrotating, manual
Aperture Blades
8 curved, octragonal shape
Low Dispersion Elements
Fluorite Elements
Aspherical Elements
Weather Resistant
Canon EF
Crop, Full frame
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LensRentals.com offers rentals ranging in length from 1 to 90 days. The shopping cart will automatically update the quoted price as you adjust the length of your rental. Our most common rental periods are shown below:

Rental Period Lenscap+ Rental Price Total Price Approximate Day Rate
3 days $8.00 $57.00 $65.00 $21.67
4 days $9.00 $62.00 $71.00 $17.75
7 days $12.00 $82.00 $94.00 $13.43
10 days $16.00 $111.00 $127.00 $12.70
14 days $21.00 $144.00 $165.00 $11.79
21 days $28.00 $193.00 $221.00 $10.52
30 days $35.00 $242.00 $277.00 $9.23
45 days $46.00 $316.00 $362.00 $8.04
60 days $54.00 $369.00 $423.00 $7.05
90 days $70.00 $476.00 $546.00 $6.07
Rental Period Lenscap Rental Price Total Price Approximate Day Rate
3 days $6.00 $57.00 $63.00 $21.00
4 days $6.00 $62.00 $68.00 $17.00
7 days $8.00 $82.00 $90.00 $12.86
10 days $11.00 $111.00 $122.00 $12.20
14 days $14.00 $144.00 $158.00 $11.29
21 days $19.00 $193.00 $212.00 $10.10
30 days $24.00 $242.00 $266.00 $8.87
45 days $31.00 $316.00 $347.00 $7.71
60 days $36.00 $369.00 $405.00 $6.75
90 days $46.00 $476.00 $522.00 $5.80
Rental Period Rental Price Approximate Day Rate
3 days $57.00 $19.00
4 days $62.00 $15.50
7 days $82.00 $11.71
10 days $111.00 $11.10
14 days $144.00 $10.29
21 days $193.00 $9.19
30 days $242.00 $8.07
45 days $316.00 $7.02
60 days $369.00 $6.15
90 days $476.00 $5.29

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