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Old September 9th, 2008, 12:43 AM
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Default Zeiss ZE Lens Teaser! Potentially Massive news September 15th!?



Zeiss might be releasing a new lens mount shortly! The Stellar ZA mount belongs to Sony's new Minolta heritage Sony Alpha DSLR line. So it's not that lens design. Likely it's a version of the lenses used for the Nikon and Pentax. The buzz and speculation is that it will be for the Eos DSLR mount! I woudn't expect anything but manual with focus confirm and if we are lucky, auto-stop down. Of course, they might be delivering a Zeiss Ikon full frame Digital Rangefinder camera, the camera we had hoped Leica might have delivered in the M8. If so, I want one!

Would you like to know? Well sign up at the Zeiss website here. The place to click on is the blue "Curious About ZE" type. That allows you to register and be on the list to access the announcement!

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Old September 9th, 2008, 12:56 AM
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Agree, great news for those of us who are looking for some nice wides (and a 100 f2!)

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Old September 9th, 2008, 02:24 PM
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Hi, Asher,

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Likely it's a version of the lenses used for the Nikon and Pentax. The buzz and speculation is that it will be for the Eos DSLR mount!
A is for Alpha, E is for ...

An exciting prospect.
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Old September 15th, 2008, 05:49 AM
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Just a quickie as it's lunchtime at work.

For those who haven't yet noticed, Zeiss has confirmed that the new mount is RF. Initially they will ofer the 50 1.4 and 85 1.4, with a new (to the series) 21 2.8 (excellent!!) to follow early 2009 I think. The lenses communicate fully electronically with the bodies allowing all functions apart from autofocus (but focus confirmation will work).

Great news for canon shooters in search of wides!

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Old September 15th, 2008, 09:02 AM
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I ran across this over at FM.

OBERKOCHEN/Germany, Carl Zeiss is expanding its successful line of SLR lenses: ZE lenses with EF bayonet for all analog and digital EOS camera models. As with all EF lenses, the new ZE lenses from Carl Zeiss transfer all information exclusively via electronic contacts. This means that all exposure modes such as programmed auto exposure, shutter priority, aperture priority and manual setting are supported.

The camera’s automatic focus confirmation also remains available to an unlimited extent with these manual focus lenses. With digital SLRs, the lens data and all exposure data can also be accessed via the camera’s EXIF file. Even E-TTL flash metering is supported. The first lenses to be available will be the Planar T* 1.4/50 ZE and the Planar T* 1.4/85 ZE in the last quarter of this year.

Further focal lengths will be added to the line within the next few months.
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Old September 15th, 2008, 10:22 AM
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Just a quickie as it's lunchtime at work.

For those who haven't yet noticed, Zeiss has confirmed that the new mount is RF. Initially they will ofer the 50 1.4 and 85 1.4, with a new (to the series) 21 2.8 (excellent!!) to follow early 2009 I think. The lenses communicate fully electronically with the bodies allowing all functions apart from autofocus (but focus confirmation will work).
Mike,

RF? Are you sure? Or is it EF?
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Old September 15th, 2008, 10:27 AM
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I ran across this over at FM.

OBERKOCHEN/Germany, Carl Zeiss is expanding its successful line of SLR lenses: ZE lenses with EF bayonet for all analog and digital EOS camera models. As with all EF lenses, the new ZE lenses from Carl Zeiss transfer all information exclusively via electronic contacts. This means that all exposure modes such as programmed auto exposure, shutter priority, aperture priority and manual setting are supported.
I can't see how shutter priority is supported. When one sets the shutter, how does the manual lens respond?
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Old September 15th, 2008, 10:35 AM
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I can't see how shutter priority is supported. When one sets the shutter, how does the manual lens respond?
Hi Asher,

If I'm not mistaken, "manual" here is all about the lens not being autofocus.
Even my old manual lenses still close down their aperture based on the shutter priority instructions.

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Old September 15th, 2008, 10:50 AM
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DPreview has a detailed announcement posted.
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Old September 16th, 2008, 06:07 PM
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The 21 mm is a lens that quite a lot of photographers are waiting for.

There hasn't been until shortly any rivals, since the former Contax-distagon 21, out of the 80th (not sure about its construction time, though) In the last years, untill $ 4000 was paid for these...
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Old September 16th, 2008, 07:31 PM
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I'm now LUSTING after this lens!

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Old September 17th, 2008, 04:36 AM
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Asher, sorry yes - as you all now know my finger slipped and I meant ef!
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Old September 17th, 2008, 04:37 AM
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I'm now LUSTING after this lens!
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you need to wait until 09...

In its basics, they didn't changed a lot compared to the old one...
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