Zeiss Milvus 25 mm

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The Zeiss Milvus 25 mm f/1.4 lens is the company’s latest full-frame single-lens reflex camera lens. The lens, which was developed for the DSLR systems from Canon and Nikon, is claimed to be suitable primarily for landscape and architecture photography, and for journalistic shots and videos.

The completely new optical design is said to ensure superior performance across the entire image field, delivering high-contrast photos and a harmonious bokeh.

The company claims even at full aperture there are hardly any colour fringes.

The metal housing makes the lens robust, and it offers dirt and dust protection. The 172-degree focus rotation angle is said to enable precise manual focusing.

The lens is not just for photography, with the company saying the lens is suitable primarily for interviews and documentaries where the videographer can utilize natural light. Thanks to the de-click function in the version for the Nikon mount the aperture can be adjusted continuously.

The Zeiss Milvus 25 mm f/1.4 will be available in November.


Zeiss Milvus 35 mm lens

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Zeiss has unveiled a new lens for full-frame DSLR cameras from Canon and Nikon: the Milvus 35 mm f/1.4. The company suggests the lens is “particularly suitable” for portrait photography, but also notes it is “perfectly at home” when used for landscape photography.

The manual focus lens is protected against dust and splashes and features a metal barrel.

With aspherical lens elements, special glass materials and advanced correction, Zeiss says it has given the lens a completely new optical design, delivering photos which are practically free from chromatic aberrations.

The lens, adds the company, is also suitable for film productions: the manual focus with a large rotation angle can be operated with the aid of a Zeiss Lens Gear with a follow-focus system. The de-click function allows the aperture to be set continuously in the version for Nikon cameras. Zeiss also has matched the colour characteristics of the ten Milvus lenses. Filmmakers can therefore switch between the focal lengths and still have a uniform colour look.

The Zeiss Milvus 35 f/1.4 lens will be available in July. No Canadian price has been announced as yet, but its recommended retail price in Europe is 1,999 euros.

Zeiss Batis 135 mm lens

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The Zeiss Batis 135 mm f/2.8 lens is the first 135 mm AF focal length for mirrorless full-frame cameras from Sony, i.e. the Alpha 7 system with E-mount. An optical image stabilizer has also been incorporated into the design.

Like all Batis lenses, this one features an OLED display that enables precise visualization of the depth of field, and sports a metal housing with dust and dirt resistance.

Zeiss says it has corrected chromatic aberration in the lens so that there are virtually no image errors. Lens construction is 14 elements in 11 groups.

Lens weight is 614 g (1.35 lbs) without lens caps.

The Zeiss Batis 135 mm f/2.8 lens will be available starting in May 2017. The factory’s suggested retail price is 1,999 euros.

Zeiss Loxia 85 mm lens

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zeiss-85Photokina – Sony camera owners, this one’s for you. The newest member of the Zeiss Loxia family is a short telephoto lens called the Loxia 2.4/85. It supplements three focal lengths that are already available for this lens family, all specially designed for mirrorless full-frame cameras with E mount.

The 85 mm lens has been designed for digital sensors. Based on an optimized Zeiss Sonnar design, it has seven lens elements in seven groups. The lens has a minimum object distance of 0.80 meters and a manual focus ring with a rotation angle of 220 degrees. The large aperture combined with the high-quality optical design ensures an appealing bokeh.

The electronic interface transfers both lens data (EXIF) and focus movements, and activates the magnification function of the camera if desired.

With the De-Click function of the Loxia lenses, the optics company is also targeting videographers. The De-Click function allows users to mechanically deactivate the click stops on the aperture ring – a condition for silent and smooth adjustments of the aperture. A robust metal barrel, the filter diameter of M52 (which is identical across all focal lengths) and protection against penetration of dust and spray onto the lens mount complete the entire package. In addition, the external diameter, which is uniform across all Loxia lenses, simplifies film shoots.

Zeiss Loxia 2.4/85 will be available in mid-December.

Sony FE 50 mm

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sony 50Sony has introduced a new full-frame lens for its E-mount camera system, the Planar T* FE 50 mm f/1.4 ZA.

The lens is said to offer impressive contrast and outstanding resolution throughout the entirety of the frame – centre to corner – and at all aperture settings. The optical structure includes high-precision AA (Advanced Aspherical) and ED (Extra-low Dispersion) glass elements to reduce spherical and chromatic aberration, as well as a Zeiss T* Coating to minimize flare and ghosting. The lens’ Planar design is said to ensure minimal distortion.

The lens has an 11-bladed circular aperture and an aperture ring with an adjustable on/off switch, an AF/MF focus mode switch, and a dust and moisture resistant design.

The new lens is also equipped with a ring drive SSM (Super Sonic wave Motor) system, which Sony saus allows it to efficiently lock focus with speed, precision and in near silence.

The FE 50 mm f/1.4 ZA lens will ship this month for a retail price of $1,950.

Zeiss 18 mm lens

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The super wide-angle ZEISS Batis 2.8/18 for the Sony E-mountThe Zeiss Batis 18 mm f/2.8 lens with E-mount is designed for Sony alpha cameras. Zeiss says the super-wide lens is currently the shortest full-frame fixed focal length with autofocus. The lens sports an innovative OLED display to show focus distance and depth of field, supposedly easy to see even in low light.

The lens has 11 lens elements in 10 groups and draws on the Zeiss Distagon optical design. Four of the lens elements are aspheric on both sides and seven are made from special types of glass. The Floating Elements design permits constantly high image performance in the focal plane – from the minimum object distance to infinity – says Zeiss.

Autofocus is said to be fast and quiet, using linear motors. A rubberized focus ring supports precise manual focusing.

Batis lenses are also equipped with dust and weather seals.

All Zeiss Batis lenses support all the operating modes and functions of the current range of E-mount cameras.

The Zeiss Batis 18 mm f/2.8 lens will be available in May.

Zeiss lenses

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Zeiss Otus 28 mm ZF.2
Zeiss Otus 28 mm ZF.2

The Zeiss brand has been associated with high quality optics for something on the order of 160 years, and it doesn’t appear to be slowing down. The company has just announced the Zeiss Otus 28 mm f/1.4 lens, with ZE or ZF.2 mount for DSLR cameras from Canon and Nikon. The company says the lens offers “unrivalled” image quality, “unseen until now” in wide-angle photography, even with a wide-open aperture.

Zeiss notes the lens shows off its strengths in landscape photography, with “stellar” performance in night photography especially when lots of open light sources dominate an image.

Developed to meet the high demands of professional photographers, the new lens has – like the two other focal lengths in the Otus family – inner focusing, a dial window and the well-known yellow labeling of the dials for easy legibility.

The lens is also said to stand out for its mechanical quality; the soft focus operation with the large rotation angle allows for the finest variations when focusing – only possible with metal construction – all-metal barrel with easy-to-grip focus ring.

The optical performance of the 28 mm lens is claimed to be outstanding thanks to its high image contrast all the way into the edges of the image – even at open aperture.

The lens consists of 16 elements in 13 groups. One of the lens elements has an aspheric optical surface and one element is aspheric on both sides. Eight other lens elements are made of special glass. The basis of the optical design is a Distagon. The special glass has anomalous partial dispersion, as is typical for an apochromatic lens. This corrects the longitudinal chromatic aberrations “superbly.” Bright-dark transitions in the image, in particular highlights, are depicted almost completely free of colour artifacts, says Zeiss. The floating elements design (the change of distances between certain lens elements when focusing) allows for “unrivalled” imaging performance along the entire focusing range.

You’ve got a bit of a wait for this lens. Zeiss says the Otus 28 mm f/1.4 ZF.2 and ZE lenses will be available in the second quarter of 2016.

Zeiss Loxia 21 mm
Zeiss Loxia 21 mm

Zeiss also has expanded its E-mount offerings for Sony full-frame cameras with the Loxia 21 mm f/2.8 featuring a new optical design based on the Distagon.

The new lens joins the Loxia 35 mm f/2 and Loxia 50 mm f/2 lenses.

The company notes the new lens will be of interest to cinematographers, as it has mechanical aperture setting and de-activation of the aperture click stop.
Sony alpha 7 series camera users, the electronic interface transmits lens data (EXIF) as well as the focus movements and – if desired by the photographer – activates the magnifying function of the camera.

Zeiss says the new lens has been specially developed for digital sensors. The newly calculated lenses consist of 11 lens elements in nine groups. The underlying optical design is a Distagon.

The lens is said to offer high resolution along the entire image field, low distortion and colour fringing, and an appealing bokeh.

The lens is made entirely of metal and takes a 52 mm filter.

The Zeiss Loxia 21 mm f/2.8 lens will be available starting in December.

Sony/Zeiss zooms

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16-35 mm
16-35 mm

Sony has announced two new high-performance Zeiss zoom lenses for its alpha mount system.

Designed for pros and photo enthusiasts, the new Vario-Sonnar T* 24-70 mm f/2.8 ZA SSM II and Vario-Sonnar T* 16-35 mm f/2.8 ZA SSM II deliver significant improvements in image quality, ghost reduction and AF performance over their predecessors and add a rugged dust- and moisture-resistant design.

The new lenses feature enhanced AF capabilities, delivering approximately 4x the subject tracking speed of their predecessors thanks to their SSM (Super Sonic wave Motor) system and faster, more powerful processing in the lens LSI.

24-70 mm
24-70 mm

Additionally, the lenses offer an enhanced Zeiss T* coating on optical surfaces that minimizes ghosting and flare combined with aspherical and ED (extra-low dispersion) glass elements that suppress aberration and minimize distortion.

The new Vario-Sonnar T* 24-70 mm f/2.8 ZA SSM II and Vario-Sonnar T* 16-35 mm f/2.8 ZA SSM II will be available in June for about $2549.99 and $2699.99, respectively.

Sony Zeiss 16-35 mm lens

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sony 1635 zeissThe Sony Vario-Tessar T* FE 16-35 mm f/4 ZA OSS lens has been developed for the E-mount system. Sony says the lens features an uncompromising optical design with five aspherical lens elements, including one large AA (advanced aspherical) element and three ED glass elements.

This, says the company, ensures outstanding corner-to-corner resolution and sharpness, while reducing distortion and minimizing colour aberration.

It features T* coating on its optical surfaces which minimizes flare and ghosting and boosts contrast, clarity and depth with landscape shots and strongly backlit scenes.

The lens is equipped with Optical SteadyShot image stabilization and is dust and moisture resistant.

The Zeiss Vario-Tessar T* FE 16-35 mm F4 ZA OSS full-frame lens will be available in November.

Carl Zeiss lenses

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Carl Zeiss has been making optics for more than 160 years, today ranging from planetarium optics to eye glass lenses. There’s a very long history of camera lens manufacturing, and an enviable reputation to go with them.

There’s a new Distagon T* 35mm f/2 ZE for the Canon EF mount. This is a new mount for this lens, and like the other Zeiss ZE lenses, it incorporates a CPU and data contacts for communication with the camera body.

The lens is ideal for still photographers looking for a fast, general purpose wide angle lens, says the company. It is also said to be well suited for photographers and videographers using DSLRs for film-making and need a lens with superior manual focusing control and minimal ‘breathing.’

Its classic focal length is particularly well-suited for advertising, travel and nature photography, says Zeiss, as it captures dynamic perspectives with high depth of focus and few distortions.

The lens weighs 570 g, has all-metal barrel construction and nine lens elements in seven groups.

This is Zeiss’ fourth wide-angle lens with an EF bayonet (ZE mount). It follows the recent introduction of the two ultra-wide-angle Distagon T* 18 mm f/3.5 ZE and Distagon T* 21 mm f/2.8 ZE lenses, as well as the moderate wide-angle Distagon T* 28 mm f/2 ZE.