Zeiss ups the ante of its full-frame mirrorless lineup with a new 21mm f/2.8 Loxia lens

by Gannon Burgett

posted Wednesday, October 14, 2015 at 11:45 AM EST

Zeiss has been on a roll and doesn’t appear to be stopping anytime soon. Earlier this week, the German optics manufacturer announced the Zeiss Loxia 21mm f/2.8, a super wide angle prime for Sony’s E-mount.

Coming in a fair bit wider than its 35mm f/2 and 50mm f/2 siblings, the new Loxia lens is based on the optical design of Zeiss’ popular Distagon glass. The optical design consists of 11 elements in 9 groups, including 1 aspherical and 4 anomalous partial dispersion elements.

On a full-frame camera, the Zeiss 21mm f/2.8 has a angular field of view of 91 degrees, making it a great choice for architecture and landscapes. Like the other lenses in Zeiss’ Loxia lineup, the 21mm f/2.8 comes with a mechanical deactivation of the aperture click, a process that makes it easier for videographers to adjust aperture more precisely.

Zeiss has posted an album on Flickr for those wanting to take a closer look at the quality of images this lens is capable of pumping out when paired with a full-frame Sony camera.

The Loxia 21mm f/2.8 is set to ship in December 2015 at a retail price of US$1,499. For the full specs, head on over to SLR Gear.