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Jul 24, 2010 17:04 |  #1

Hi Friends,

I decided I can't make my mind about this decision.
I'm torn between a Nikon 14-24 + adapter or the Zeiss 21mm Ze for my 5DII.

My main use are landscapes & astrophotography (night landscapes).

I seriously need help, put me in the right direction whatever that is.

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Jul 24, 2010 17:24 |  #2

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Hi Friends,

I decided I can't make my mind about this decision.
I'm torn between a Nikon 14-24 + adapter or the Zeiss 21mm Ze for my 5DII.

My main use are landscapes & astrophotography (night landscapes).

I seriously need help, put me in the right direction whatever that is.

Luis

Good luck with the adapter.


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Jul 24, 2010 17:25 |  #3

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Good luck with the adapter.

Can you be less enigmatic please? :rolleyes:


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Jul 24, 2010 17:49 |  #4

If you need 14-20mm range, go with Nikon, if not, go with Zeiss?


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Jul 24, 2010 18:45 |  #5

I just made that choice...............t​he 14-24 over the Zeiss.
I owned the 14-24 and a D700, what a great lens. I really wanted to try the Zeiss on my 1DIII but zooms work better for me, especially one with the IQ of the 14-24.
I have an adapter on order from 16:9, I hope to get it before I die.

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Jul 24, 2010 20:09 as a reply to  @ MikeJohn's post |  #6

I have owned the Nikon and I sold it due to lack of use/need of funds. I am planning a pretty extensive trip in the western part of the country so a wide lens is mandatory. The Nikon was pretty good, but I think I will be going with the Zeiss this time. It captures detail/color/contrast better in my opinion. I have to admit that I was unimpressed with the Nikon's corners, but I think that is a result of just how awesomely wide it is. Compromises are mandatory in photography. Color-wise, the nikon is very good. Overall optically...I guess I would give it an 8/10 using my Zeiss 100/2 as a reference 10/10. It is pretty sharp, it has good contrast. I don't think it delivers the "3D Zeiss" look that a lot of people appreciate (myself included). This is a difficult choice because if you are willing to sacrifice versatility you get absolute image and detail quality...if you can sacrifice a little (not much) IQ you get absolute versatility. The nikon is a large lens, but it is not as bad as some people make it out to be. One more thing to consider is the availability of filters. Zeiss can handle filters like a champ, Nikon can handle 0 without some apparatus. The Zeiss has a very close MFD, which can provide some interesting perspectives. The Zeiss lens is a little smaller but is very solid. The zeiss lens with it's hood on just looks very "darth vader" to me. The 16-9 adapter can take some time to arrive, but I understand the newest one is pretty solid. I had a V1 adapter and it was alright. I know people will say "oh these are totally diferent lenses!" but for a lot of us they fall in the same category. We are looking for something wider than our 24-70/105L lens. Versatility or absolute IQ? The TS-E lenses are also something to consider - they are excellent as well. Good luck with your selection, you can't go wrong. FWIW you should check out the Zeiss 21 thread, look for snowboarder's stuff. There is one photo with a large fin-like rock formation at sunset that convinced me that the Zeiss was the lens for me...it's probably the best photo I have ever seen from one of the best landscape photographers around. Good luck!


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Jul 24, 2010 21:00 |  #7
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I think 21mm on a full frame is pretty wide. Need a zoom, on a wide angle lens? I see no reasons to get the Nikon unless you need wider than 21mm. Besides, Nikon lens on a Canon body???? :) That's so wrong on so many levels.....It complicates things a bit than necessary.


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Jul 24, 2010 21:13 |  #8

luigis wrote in post #10596488 (external link)
Can you be less enigmatic please? :rolleyes:

The waiting list was at 2 years or something. I doubt they'll ever get all the orders out. His websites not being updated regularly nor their forums being posted on.

Get the ZE 21 and a samyang 14. Both are great lenses. The 14-24 is amazing for sure, but the ZE is just as good and smaller.


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Jul 24, 2010 21:17 |  #9

I'd get the Zeiss...

If I had a full frame camera that lens would be my wide go-to for most things...


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Jul 24, 2010 22:25 as a reply to  @ KenjiS's post |  #10

Since you are obviously ok with manual focus, why not the Canon 24 mm TS-E MkII? It is supposedly sharper than both the Zeiss and Nikon....


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Jul 24, 2010 23:39 |  #11

I would like to see how IQ from 24L TS MKII stacks up against ZE 21mm.. From what I've seen, these two are head to head in IQ.

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Since you are obviously ok with manual focus, why not the Canon 24 mm TS-E MkII? It is supposedly sharper than both the Zeiss and Nikon....


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Jul 24, 2010 23:50 |  #12

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I would like to see how IQ from 24L TS MKII stacks up against ZE 21mm.. From what I've seen, these two are head to head in IQ.

Not really, the Zeiss is horrible at 24mm and the Canon doesnt even put in a performance worthy of mention at 21...


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Jul 25, 2010 00:35 |  #13

For astrophotography you might give a look at the 24L II. I'm not sure if the Zeiss is fast enough for light gathering capability. I agree there's too much vignetting at f1.4 for the Canon but at f2.0 it's not so shabby.


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