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Friday, June 16, 2006

New Zeiss C Sonnar

I can't seem to find an official announcement or press release, but Carl Zeiss has apparently introduced a modern Cosina-made version of the legendary fast 50mm C Sonnar in Leica M-mount. The original C Sonnar for the Contax II was one of the sharpest lenses ever made for rangefinder photography (easily trumping its Leica counterpart), one of the lenses that made Carl Zeiss famous. The new lens has a maximum aperture of ƒ/1.5 like the original, and weighs only 250g.

The "New Zeiss Ikon" with its idiotically Google-resistant name is tough to track, but I can't imagine it's selling anywhere near enough to be justifying new lens introductions above and beyond the 15-21-25-28-35-50/2-85 set announced with the camera. So is this another sign of an in-the-works Zeiss/Cosina digital rangefinder being readied to compete with the Epson RD-1 and the much ballyhooed upcoming Leica Digital M? I haven't heard a peep from any of the usual suspects, but I wouldn't be surprised. (Delighted, but not surprised.)



Blogger Michael Simon said...

wow, it looks really nice. Looking forward to using it...

10:51 AM  
Blogger Motto! said...

Now if only they could figure out a way to make it AF and release it for the new Sony mount. Delicious!

11:19 AM  
Blogger Arnaud said...

Such a 50mm would only make sense if the supposed new camera would be a full-frame, wouldn't it?

12:04 PM  
Blogger bokeh said...

What's with the star shaped apeture???

4:40 PM  
Blogger Salva said...

in the spanish web Valentin (photographer and university teacher) comments about the MTF chart of this lens. And say this lens at f4 has a peak of quality in a part of the frame that is a bit inside the tradicional 36x24mm ¿perhaps for a 1,33 sensor?

PS: sorry for my poor english.

3:42 AM  

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