Carl, your stockpile is growing rapidly. I was debating between this 21 or the 24 and if I would rather get the 2.8 version. I also might go back to getting a Tri-Elmar since it gives me the flexibility and I really like the rendering of that lens.OK, I have a used 21mm SEM ASPH f3.4 coming in a few days ... The example pics I see look great, I like the fact that it minimizes the vignetting color-shift. Less post processing. :^)
I think for a true analysis you need people who shoot them all alot. I looked long and hard at the zm21/2.8 and nearly pulled the trigger. I doubt it is better than the elmarit, but it's way way cheaper. LOL I think that's why the elmarit is less loved, pricey.not to be a pest, but 'best' in what respects?
also, as you put elmarit and zeiss together, and there are so many discussions about the zeiss, the leica pre elmarit super angulon and the cv 21, i am still curious why the elmarit seems never to get mentioned. i'm honestly just curious if i am missing some flaw everyone else knows about, you know, like the person who is oblivious to the seed he has on his front tooth. ):