Zeiss shows new lens, concepts

Rendering of a Carl Zeiss lens for mirrorless cameras

Carl Zeiss has announced the Apo Sonnar T* 135 mm f/2 at Photokina. Details are on our companion site.

The company also showed the prototype of a high-performance, full-format SLR camera lens with manual focus. It has a focal length of 55 mm and aperture of f/1.4.

Thanks to a newly developed optical design, says Zeiss, this lens is superior to conventional full-frame lenses, and it achieves with powerful full-frame cameras an image performance that until now has only been seen with medium-format systems. That’s setting the bar high!

The company says it is the first model of a new product family. The family of lenses is expected to be on the market in the second half of 2013 for EF bayonet (ZE) and F bayonet (ZF.2).

The company also has offered a sneak preview of a new family of autofocus lenses for mirrorless system cameras it says will most likely be available in mid-2013.

Carl Zeiss plans to initially offer fixed focal lengths in the wide-angle and standard range as well as a macro. In development are a 12 mm f/2.8, 32 mm f/1.8 and 50 mm f/2.8 macro.

The company also teased with a statement that fans of the Carl Zeiss family of ZM systems for rangefinder cameras will get a special surprise next year: at least one fast lens with M bayonet will go on sale.

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