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Monday, June 05, 2006

It's Certain: Carl Zeiss Lenses for Sony Alpha

Darren at the Australian Digital Photography blog has just posted a number of specifications for the new Sony Alpha 100 DSLR. He and Let's Go Digital have also posted a number of pictures of the new lenses and flashes. Some of the lenses are clearly legacy adaptations from the old Minolta Alpha/Maxxum/Dynax line, but several are also clearly legacy Carl Zeiss optics. Going from memory I'm not exactly sure that the lens below is a legacy—it might be new—but in any event, a superfast Zeiss ƒ/1.8 200mm-e is great news for wildlife and fashion photographers.


Posted by: DAVID EMERICK and MIKE JOHNSTON

8 Comments:

Blogger Doug said...

Over at DPReview they've posted their preview of the A100, which includes a chart of lenses including provenance and expected availability and prices.

The Carl Zeiss lenses listed are the 16-80 f/3.5-4.5, the 85mm f/1.4, and the 135mm f/1.8.

3:28 PM  
Anonymous ken tanaka said...

DPreview has a "hands-on" article on this camera at:

http://www.dpreview.com/articles/sonydslra100/

3:40 PM  
Blogger Albano Garcia said...

They at least should not rebadge the marketing blurbs. The 28mm is described as a wideangle, but now it becomes a 42mm equiv...

4:10 PM  
Anonymous dazedgonebye said...

New sensor, anti-shake and Zeiss optics...cool.
Looks like Sony is making a serious run at being a major player.
I wonder if the Zeiss lenses will be in range of mere mortals.

4:23 PM  
Blogger Jason said...

Sony's just warming up here and they've gone toe-to-toe with the big names in pro video. Zeiss lenses w/built-in IS/AS? Hook them up with Minolta's SSM motors and that's enough to trump Canon and Nikon.

I hope the engineers designing the new cameras can come up with something wild now that the leash is off.

We can lament the old names of photography being laid to rest, but the new names seem to be making this a great time to be a photographer!

5:26 PM  
Blogger jamietie said...

I love the fact they're bringing out a 35 1.4 and an autofocus 500 f8 mirror lens.
That, with the built-in anti-shake, is a pretty strong case for the Sony/KM camera outfit.

I wonder why so many primes (I don't think that's a bad thing). Are some of the lenses simply rebadged KM lenses with the Zeiss name attached?

7:06 PM  
Anonymous ayhc said...

Most (if not all) of the Sony-branded primes are rebadged KM lenses; the 35mm f/1.4 G(D) was announced by KM back in 2005 but never shipped as a KM lens (DPReview: http://www.dpreview.com/news/0508/05081901kmlens.asp)

The Zeiss lenses, however, do appear to be separate (if not necessarily new) designs.

11:59 PM  
Anonymous Peter said...

jason said...
I hope the engineers designing the new cameras can come up with something wild now that the leash is off.

That would not be good, Minolta has some of the best body designs/layouts in the business. Most people who hold a 7D lament the fact that it's got the wrong mount (i.e. not theirs)

jamietie said...
I wonder why so many primes (I don't think that's a bad thing). Are some of the lenses simply rebadged KM lenses with the Zeiss name attached?

Most are, but they left out the good ones. The 35/2 and the 28/2 being foremost among them. I wish they'd offer the Minolta 85/1.4G too, but I guess I can't wish for that.

2:55 AM  

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