Had a chance to try the Zeiss Ikon 21mm F4.5

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  1. Rob Skeoch

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    I shot a wedding over the weekend for a friend of the family and had a chance to grab a few shots with the new Zeiss Ikon 21mm F4.5 that I just got.

    Overall I thought it was a great lens.... I can't wait to use it some more.

    I've included a couple images for your viewing pleasure. It was shot on Ilford XP2 and scanned from the neg.

    I would say it was about F8.

    -Rob
     

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  2. John Simmons

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    Rob, the image is great. I too have an IKON and am strongly considering this lens. I currently use only the 35mm f2 lens and it is incredible.

    Regards,
    John
     
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    For someone who already has a 35, do you think that a 21 is a better choice than a 25?
     
  4. Rob Skeoch

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    There is no best choice... you can't go wrong with either one.

    I think if you just had a 35mm and a 21mm you might find the gap too large... but it depends what you like to shoot.

    Using a 21mm for people allows you to get really close to the subject which is great if you like that look, but if you don't feel comfortable getting that close than I think the 25mm is a better choice.

    Of course if you have just the 35 and 21 then in two lenses and a lightweight kit you have covered a large range of lenses.
    -Rob
     
  5. Roger Hicks

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    Love the hammock shot. We're just about to send a 21/4.5 back to Zeiss. Lovely lens. If I didn't already have two 21mm lenses for the Leicas I'd seriously consider it.

    Then again, if I could afford the 16-18-21 Tri-Elmar there'd be no contest. The Biogon has far less distortion, but the Tri-Elmar distortion is still tiny and it's a gorgeous lens.