More than 100 years old, the Carl Zeiss Company continues to be connected with
quality, but expensive optical lenses. Zeiss lenses are typically considered to
be stylish and well-made, providing high-quality images. Even their older lens
designs reveal engineering elegance into the digital age of plastic components,
countless Zeiss lenses continue to be built with predominantly metal parts.
Carl Zeiss becomes a member of the Micro Four Thirds insurrection
Another big brand has jumped head on into the increasingly accepted Micro Four Thirds sea with the statement today from Olympus that Carl Zeiss signed on as the newest associate of the MFT System Group. Basically this means that the people in charge of making some of the greatest optics on the planet will begin building lenses that match Olympus and Panasonic's optical standards. On the other hand you could, hunt down an adapter to get your Distagon glass functioning with your GF2, but it's sure gonna' be good to see another one of the big players making hardware specifically designed for this comparatively new class of camera.
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Zeiss ZF and lenses are manual-focus designs with Nikon AI-S type aperture indexing. They are manufactured by
Cosina to Zeiss specifications. Some lenses are also available in special ZF-I and ZF-IR versions. ZF-I lenses
have mechanical locks for focus and
aperture, and additional environmental sealing, for industrial applications. ZF-IR lenses are designed for infrared imaging, with coatings that transmit wavelengths up to 1100nm, and focus
scales marked for infrared. Nikon F-mount Lenses
Zeiss produces optically identical manual-focus lenses for multiple SLR lens mounts under the ZE, ZF, ZK, and ZS lines, manufactured in Japan by Cosina to Zeiss specifications.
M Mount Adapters
M lenses can be adapted to Canon EOS, Nikon, Micro Four
Thirds, and Sony Nex Cameras.
CFD: Close Focus Distance from film plane AOV: Angle of View, diagonal ZF:
Nikon F Bayonet Mount supported ZE: Canon EF Bayonet Mount supported ZK:
Pentax K Bayonet Mount supported
ZM - Leica ZS:
Compatible with any camera that uses the
Universal (a.k.a. Pentax M42) screw mount.M42 Screw Mount supported
The manually focusable Carl Zeiss SLR lenses for analog
and digital single-lens reflex cameras are available
with four different mounts. The SLR lenses are designed
for use on cameras with an F bayonet (ZF), EF bayonet (ZE),
K bayonet (ZK) and the traditional M42 screw threads
They are known for their outstanding image quality and
very precise, long-lasting mechanical parts. The
particularly large rotary angle of the focusing ring
enables particularly precise focusing. With the SLR
lenses, Carl Zeiss provides fans of SLR photography with
lenses featuring outstanding imaging performance and
high durability with which the performance of their
camera system can be fully utilized.
Carl Zeiss announces cine lenses for DSLRs
The Compact Prime CP.2 lenses are the latest members of
the ZEISS family of lenses for digital and film cameras. This
second generation of the Compact Prime lenses now delivers
even greater flexibility by introducing interchangeable
mounts that allow the lenses to be used with a wide range
of cameras from traditional cine to HDSLR systems.
Interchangeable mount allows a mix of HDSLR systems with traditional cine cameras
Full frame coverage (24 x 36mm)
Common aperture of T2.1 for the standard lens set
No need for adapter solutions anymore
Three different mounts available (PL, EF and F mount)
High stability due to support bracket, which is included for additional lens stability
Sweet spot effect with APS-C sensors
Carl Zeiss Compact Prime CP.2 lenses deliver great flexibility by introducing interchangeable mounts (PL, EF and F mount)
OBERKOCHEN/Germany, 13.04.2010 : The trend of filming in high definition using a digital SLR camera is unstoppable. Moviemaking today is unthinkable without this technique, whether for independent filmmakers, television producers or professional still photographers who wish to expand their services. Optics specialist Carl Zeiss now introduces the worlds first set of cine lenses designed especially for HDSLR cameras: the Compact Prime CP.2 lenses.
Why change the mount on the camera when you can change it on the lens? The Compact Prime CP.2 lenses deliver great flexibility by introducing interchangeable mounts that allow the lenses to be used with a wide range of cameras, from traditional cine to HDSLR systems. Available with three different mounts PL, EF and F this new family of ZEISS lenses enables cinematographers to be completely free in their choice of camera systems while ensuring a high consistency of images. Furthermore, the lenses can be upgraded to any number of existing or future cine and still cameras while enabling cinematographers to still utilize the same set of lenses.
Like their predecessors, the Compact Prime CP.2 lenses are made for a rigorous life on the set. The ergonomics have been improved compared to standard SLR lenses. The lenses cine-style housing dimensions, focus and iris gear positions, and front diameter are the same for the standard lens set. The longer focus rotation and the possibility for manual focus give users the flexibility they demand. The iris opening consists of 14 high-precision blades, which stay consistently round and symmetrical over the entire T-stop range. This translates into natural and pleasing out-of-focus highlights and a smooth bokeh. Together, they help create and capture special moments on film. The modern lens design and tight tolerances ensure low distortion, high resolution and excellent color rendition for sharp, punchy images.
The Compact Prime CP.2 lenses cover a full-frame 24 x 36 image format without vignetting. They will be based around a common aperture of T2.1 for the standard set, which is an improvement over the first generation of lenses.
Carl Zeiss will present these new lenses for the first time at the NAB show in Las Vegas (April 10-15). They will be available from June 2010.
New Carl Zeiss Lightweight Zoom LWZ.2 with interchangeable mount suitable for PL cine cameras and HDSLR cameras with APS-C sensor.
OBERKOCHEN/Germany, 13.04.2010 : Whether shooting in an airplane or from inside a car, filming action scenes, or capturing the tranquility and color of underwater life whenever the size and weight of a camera are decisive, filmmakers need equipment that can perform reliably and precisely. Filmmakers also need flexibility so they can choose the right camera and lens for every setting. Optics specialist Carl Zeiss now introduces a new lens that satisfies all of these needs: the Lightweight Zoom LWZ.2.
The innovation in camera technology over the last few years has been tremendous. Today, photographers and cinematographers can find the perfect camera for every imaginable shot. The use of high-definition digital SLRs has also grown rapidly. The new-generation Lightweight Zoom by Carl Zeiss reflects this trend toward ever-greater flexibility. It comes with interchangeable mounts that allow the lenses to be used with a wide range of cameras, from traditional cine to HDSLR systems. Three different mounts are available: PL, EF and F mount. The LWZ.2 covers the ANSI Super 35 image area (24.9 x 18.7mm / 0.980 x 0.7362).
Weighing in at around two kilograms, the LWZ.2 is especially suitable for handheld or Steadycam shots with traditional cine cameras but also with HDSLRs. Still cinematographers can continue to rely on the high optical image quality that ZEISS cine lenses are known for.
The LWZ.2 features radically shaped spherical glass surfaces with a very strong curvature, which guarantee high optical performance. Large-diameter aspherical lens elements keep the lens light while at the same time reducing spherical aberrations and keeping the image free of distortions. Straight lines stay straight, from infinity to close-ups and over the entire zoom range. The T* XP multi-layer anti-reflex coating reduces flare and internal reflections, resulting in pleasing and gentle colors, high contrasts and deep blacks. With its precision, flexibility and light weight, the LWZ.2 gives cinematographers everything they need to excel at every assignment.
Carl Zeiss will present the new lens at the NAB show in Las Vegas (April 10-15) together with the second generation of the Compact Prime lens family CP.2. They, too, come with interchangeable mounts, enabling cinematographers to switch between different camera systems.
Zeiss 35mm Lens Solutions
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