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Wednesday, September 20, 2006

GALLERY: All the New Zeisses

Zeiss ZM Distagon T* 18mm ƒ/4

Zeiss ZM C Biogon T* 21mm ƒ/4.5

These two Zeiss ZM lenses fit Leica M-mount. Made for the Zeiss Ikon, they cover the full 24x36mm 35mm frame and will also potentially fit most if not all Leicas, including the new M8; the M-mount Cosina Voigtlander cameras; the Hexar RF; the Epson RD-1; and other M-mount cameras. (Possible camera-lens matching restrictions due to issues such as protruding elements are unknown at this time.)
Zeiss ZF Distagon T* 35mm ƒ/2

Zeiss ZF Makro-Planar 50mm ƒ/2

Zeiss ZF Makro-Planar 100mm ƒ/2

Zeiss ZF Distagon T* 25mm ƒ/2.8

These Zeiss ZF lenses are full-frame lenses for Nikon F-mount cameras, including both film and digital SLRs. I believe the 25mm is the only carry-over from the old Contax line. The 35mm ƒ/2 is all-new, and marks the first time in decades that a Zeiss lens of this specification has been available for SLR cameras. The 100mm ƒ/2 Makro-Planar is especially significant, in that it marks the first time that one of Zeiss's famous Arri lenses, made for the Arriflex industrial movie cameras, has migrated to a 35mm/DSLR mount. The Arri/Zeisses are both renowned and prized in the film industry. Finally, the only other 50mm ƒ/2 macro I'm aware of was the Olympus OM Zuiko, a true sleeper of a lens that had spectacularly high performance.

Finally, there are three Zeiss ZV "Classic" chrome lenses in Hasselblad CF mount:

Zeiss ZV Makro-Planar T* 120mm ƒ/4

Zeiss ZV Distagon T* 50mm ƒ/4

Zeiss ZV Sonnar T* 180mm ƒ/4

Posted by: MIKE JOHNSTON, hat tip to Oren


Anonymous Anonymous said...

Just glancing, I doubt there will be any body-matching problems, because the 18mm is so retrofocus.

5:42 PM  
Blogger Peterbkk said...

Very nice pieces but why a classic hasselblad range?

7:38 PM  
Blogger Mike Johnston said...

"...but why a classic hasselblad range?"

Good question....


7:40 PM  
Blogger Joshwa said...

I don't quite get what the point is of the new Hasselblad lenses-- these lenses are already available in black versions. This is for the rich amateur who wants to have that classic chrome look, but wants to buy a new multicoated lens?

7:44 PM  
Blogger Scott Kirkpatrick said...

Besides the old OM 50/2, there is a ZuikoDigital 50/2 macro (slight reverse telephoto, concave front element) which performs extremely well.


12:33 AM  
Blogger Fazal Majid said...

Thanks for the lens porn.

Maybe they know or suspect Hasselblad (Imacon, really) will discontinue the V series altogether in favor of the H series.

12:34 AM  
Blogger Fazal Majid said...

Hmmm. The 50mm ZV Distagon doesn't look like a FLE. Either they managed to get rid of the distance selector ring for the floating element (e.g. by coupling with the main focus ring), or they are using the older, pre-FLE design, which would be a significant step backwards in optical quality.

12:38 AM  
Anonymous brad Miller said...

I don't get it.

Zeiss comes out with these fabulous looking lenses.......all predicated (seemingly) on classic 35mm focal a mount that doesn't, really, any longer support those focal lengths, since Nikon doesn't even make a full frame sensor camera. If they wanted to hit the ball out of the park, they'd have made these in Canon mount. Sheesh.

10:49 PM  
Blogger Mikko J. Kalavainen said...

Ah, but you see, the Canon mount would've required electronics and interfacing with computers, both of which seem to be cuss-words for Zeiss. With the Nikon-mount all they had to do was fit in an aperture-ring. Mind you, these lenses don't work at all (well, no metering) in over half of Nikon's current digital bodies. But I still wanted that 50/2macro. Until I saw that it only does 1:2magnification, so it's a no-go for me anyways. Oh well. Keeps the missus happy.

2:10 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I don't know about that "cuss-words" comment. All I'm hoping for is that the optics for those ZF lenses some how end up in the new ZA mounts. The 100/2 and the 35/2 would be sweet. Instead of waiting for a good condition, decently priced, used Minolta 35/2 to show up, I'd gladly take a revamped and multicoated-for-digital Zeiss-designed prime any day of the week. Although between this, the Sigma 30/1.4 and the 28/2 that I already have, perhaps I'll have too many "normal" lenses. Wait... is it possible to have "too many" normal lenses?

3:28 PM  
Blogger Mike Johnston said...

"Wait... is it possible to have "too many" normal lenses?"

You already know the answer to that, but I'll answer it anyway: No.


3:46 PM  

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