September 16th, 2014

Photokina 2014: Zeiss Offers New Leica M Lens

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Fast on the heels of Leica’s slew of camera unveilings, Zeiss has introduced a new prime lens for Leica M rangefinder cameras at Photokina 2014.

The Distagon T* f1/.4 35 ZM offers a 35mm focal length promising to perfectly match the view from the M’s optical viewfinder. The lens uses Zeiss’ T* coating to reduce flare and features 10 aperture blades.

The aperture can be adjusted in 1/3 increments via a ring on the lens. There’s also a focus ring on the lens’ all-metal barrel.

Zeiss says the lens will be due out before the end of the year for $2,290.

October 7th, 2013

Zeiss Announces New, Fast 55mm Lens

lensZeiss has just announced the first of its new Otus line of pro, 35mm lenses. Other Otus lenses will follow but, for now, the Otus 55mm, f/1.4 lens leads the way. It’s  available in Nikon F and Canon EF mounts, offers a 55mm field of view and an f/stop range of f/1.4-f/16. Zeiss comparers the lens’ performance on a DSLR to that of a medium format system and says that it’s particularly well-suited for advertising and fashion photography.

Named after a type of owl known for its excellent vision in darkness, Zeiss cites not only the ability of the lens to perform well in low light but also its “outstanding sharpness and contrast rendition,” which extends into the corners of images. Other notable attributes include high image contrast, lack of longitudinal chromatic aberrations, minimal color defects and the absence of color artifacts along high contrast edges in a scene.

Both Nikon and Canon versions of the 55mm lens are manual focus only. The Nikon model is equipped with an aperture ring; the Canon is not. Both lenses are slated to ship globally at the end of October and are priced at $3,999.

 

August 27th, 2013

Sony Announces Three E-mount Lenses and Two Cameras

 

Sony's new E-mount Carl Zeiss 16-70mm power zoom lens.

Sony’s new E-mount Carl Zeiss 16-70mm power zoom lens.

Sony has expanded its E-mount collection with a trio of new lenses: the Carl Zeiss Vario-Tessar T* 16-70mm (24-105mm-equivalent), constant aperture f/4 zoom; the first G lens with an E-mount, the power-zoom 18-105mm, f/4 constant aperture lens; and an all-black verion of its 50mm, f/1.4 lens.

Two new cameras announced today include the 16 megapixel, NEX-5T mirrorless camera, which is the first Sony camera equipped with NFC (near field communication) and the $400 (with kits lens) 20 megapixel, a3000, a DSLR-styled camera that accepts E-mount lenses.

The 18-105mm G lens will be available inDecember, all other products will ship in September and are available for pre-order. For more information and images, please visit our sister site’s Tech Tuesday blog and the Sony site.

Prices:

  • 16-70mm: $1,000
  • 18-105mm: $600
  • 50mm: $300
  • NEX-5T: $700 (kit)/550 (body only)
  • a3000: $400 with kit lens