ZEISS Ventum 2.8/21 is a New Drone Lens for Sony E-Mount

Zeiss have officially announced their Ventum 2.8/21 lightweight industrial lens for drone applications.

The new Zeiss Ventum 2.8/21 has been designed for aerial use in industrial applications and offers outstanding optical quality in a compact and rugged aluminium housing.

The extremely fast, fixed-focal-length lens for Sony’s E-Mount was primarily developed for use with drones, but as long as you can deal with the fixed focus at 15m I guess you can use it on Sony E mount mirrorless cameras.

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Images by Zeiss

Thus said, the new Zeiss Ventum 21mm f2.8 does indeed cover 43mm image circle sensors, ergo full-frame coverage. And while I am struggling to name a prosumer/pro drone with a native E-mount on its gimbal stabilized camera, I imagine the idea here is to fly E-mount cameras on bigger industrial drones.

Whatever the case, this lens should give you a crystal clear birds eye view of vast areas, making it perfect for cartography, surveying, inspections, and other commercial and industrial use.

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Zeiss Ventum 21mm f2.8 Features

  • Sony E mount/Full-Frame (36x24mm) coverage
    • Covers sensors with 43mm image circle
  • Designed for aerial applications
  • ZEISS T* coating
  • Bright f2.8 max. aperture
  • Lightweight alloy housing
  • Outstanding image quality
  • Fixed focus to reduce number of moving parts
  • Splash-water and dust-resistant lens housing

Weighing in at just 227 grams with a 62mm diameter, the new Ventum 2.8/21 is quite compact and its design allows for the aperture can be adjusted on the lens by 1/3 f-stops from f/2.8 to f/22. The locking and torque of the aperture ring are designed to prevent accidental adjustment due to vibrations or the movement of the drone through the air.

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The Zeiss say their new Ventum 2.8/21 lens gives operators “…unmatched data quality for applications such as cartography, creating three-dimensional models, inspections, surveys or monitoring project progress from the air.”

The ZEISS T* coating was applied to every surface of the optical elements in the Zeiss Ventum 2.8/21. It prevents reflections and guarantees exceptional image quality, even under difficult lighting conditions.

The high-quality aluminium housing of the lens provides rugged protection to shield the optics making it dust and weather-resistant (IP64 rated) against rain and ultra-fine dust particles.

Zeiss have set a price of €1500 for the Ventum 2.8/21 at launch and estimate shipping to commence soon from authorised dealers.

For more info head over to Zeiss.

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