Carl Zeiss at Photokina 2012: new Distagon 55mm f/1.4, ZM surprise, mirrorless lenses

Zeiss issued a press release about the upcoming 2012 Photokina show. The company has a new Distagon 55mm f/1.4 lens that will be available for sale by the second half of 2013 and will come for both Nikon and Canon mount. The interesting news is the official plan to produce a "family of autofocus lenses for mirrorless system cameras (CSC) that will most likely be available in mid-2013". In addition, Zeiss promised also a "special" ZM surprise for all rangefinder users - the company will announce at least one new lens with Leica M mount.

 

 

Full press release:

Optics manufacturer shows new and traditional products in hall 2.1, stand B011

OBERKOCHEN, 06.09.2012.
During photokina 2012 in Cologne (September 18-23), Carl Zeiss will present attractive new pro- ducts as well as its well-known classics, all of the highest technical quality. Among them will be a new moderate telephoto lens for SLR cameras which will celebrate its world premiere at photokina and be available in stores from the end of 2012. Carl Zeiss will also unveil two new pro- duct families to the public. Carl Zeiss’s new stand concept integrates product presentations, possibi- lities to apply and test Carl Zeiss products, and the company’s global social media community with the hashtag #zeissphk12.

Carl Zeiss will present its entire range of camera and cine lenses, binoculars and spotting scopes during photokina. The latest Nokia smartphone models with built-in ZEISS optics will again be shown at Carl Zeiss’s stand. Visitors will be able to try out all the exhibits right on the spot, from high-quality SLR lenses, Sony cameras with ZEISS optics, ZEISS lenses for Sony system cameras to the new Nokia 808 PureView smart- phone with 41-megapixel camera sensor. The VICTORY HT binoculars can also be tested. An innovative optics concept from Carl Zeiss in con- nection with HT glasses from SCHOTT makes VICTORY binoculars with transmission values of more than 95 percent very fast.

A must-see attraction is a high-performance, full-format SLR camera lens with manual focus. With a focal length of 55 mm and aperture of f/1.4, this lens is the first model of a new product family designed for demanding users. Thanks to a newly developed optical design, this lens is superior to conventional full-frame lenses, and it achieves with powerful full-frame, full-format cameras an image performance that until now has only been seen with medium-format systems. The first pro- totype of this new range will celebrate its world debut at photokina. The family of lenses is ex- pected to be on the market in the second half of 2013 for EF bayonet (ZE) and F bayonet (ZF.2).

Another highlight will be the presentation of a de- sign study, with which Carl Zeiss will offer a sneak preview of a new family of autofocus lenses for mirrorless system cameras (CSC) that will most likely be available in mid-2013. Due to their perfor- mance and high speed, these new lenses will be ideal for deliberate photo composition, making them perfect for more sophisticated photograph- ers as well. Carl Zeiss plans to initially offer fixed focal lengths in the wide angle and standard range as well as a macro. „The trend toward mirrorless system cameras has accelerated since 2010 and we notice growing interest for them among ambitious photographers. We are convinced that as a result of the new and very high-quality cameras and lenses that are coming onto the scene, this market will become even more important. We see lots of potential, which is why we will offer more products for this target group in the future,” said Dr. Winfried Scherle, Vice President and General Manager of the Camera Lens Division of Carl Zeiss AG.

For fans of the Carl Zeiss family of ZM systems for rangefinder cameras, Carl Zeiss has a special surprise in store. In 2013, at least one fast lens with M bayonet will go on sale. Using lenses from the ZM series with adapters is also very popular on mirrorless system cameras.

“The market is extremely dynamic at the moment with numerous innovations across all areas. Our broad range of high-quality products and our suc- cessful partnerships with Sony, Nokia, Logitech and ARRI make us very well positioned in the market,” says Scherle. “As the world’s leading trade fair for photography approaches, we are full of optimism, especially considering the many new features and products we will present. We hope that both the public and visitors to our stand will be excited about them too.”

The “walk-in lens”, which first appeared at photokina in 2008, makes a comeback this year and promises to be the main optical eye-catcher at Carl Zeiss’s stand. Visitors are welcome to take a stroll through the oversized lens and experience the fascinating development of a ZEISS lens. Moreover, there will be an extensive applications ‘island’ at the Carl Zeiss stand where visitors can take as much time as they like to test and experi- ment with Carl Zeiss’s entire portfolio of lenses on different cameras and to talk to experts.

Carl Zeiss has created a special section on its website about photokina (www.zeiss.com/photo/ phk12). Photography enthusiasts from around the world can use the site to get the latest news each day about the trade fair and to ask Carl Zeiss any question they want about all topics related to photokina. The website is available in various languages. Carl Zeiss will also report live from photokina on its social media channels and invites its social media community to likewise share their thoughts, ideas and suggestions about products from Carl Zeiss using the hashtag #zeissphk12.

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  • Zeiss is Nice

    I was thinking of saying that I would love to see some lenses in Fuji X mount but the Fuji lenses are so good that I don’t know if I would bother. The 35mm 1.4 is better than my ZE 50mm Planar in every way except that the ZE is full frame. Some Biogons however may change my tune.

    Has anyone ever heard of another example of a normal perspective lens being labled a distagon?

    • http://genotypewritings.blogspot.com Schneider is Nicer

      Seems like this is not a normal lens… it’s a wide angle lens in a longer length. So it must have a significantly bigger image circle than what’s necessary for 36x24mm FF. Sort of like a tilt shift lens but without the movements. The talk about “medium-format systems” performance also tries to hints at this, I think. The FF sensor can just use the “sweet spot” and there’ll be less vignetting as a result… or let’s hope.

      Fyi, marketing a lens that’s longer than 50mm as a normal lens is considered cheating by some in the 35mm SLR world.

      -geno :)

      • Mark

        That makes sense. Should be pretty cool. I won’t be able to afford it, but it’s unlikely that I’d want to use a 50mm this large. I like my soft-to-sharp 50 Planar.

        • Rodenstock is Best.

          I wonder if this is aimed at HDSLR filmmakers on a budget or just the wealthy enthusiast crowd…

      • Roger

        You nailed it, GTW. This looks like a wide angle medium format lens.

        • http://tumbleweed-092.livejournal.com Slow Gin

          Medium format lens with a ZF.2 bayonet?

          • http://genotypewritings.blogspot.com genotypewriter

            :D

            It’s a large image circle lens… just like medium format lenses are when compared to FF lenses. But it’s not meant to go on medium format cameras… not in this mount anyway :)

  • sloma_p

    This is going to be huge for a 50mm-type lens – 82 mm diameter filter and it looks like it’s going to be more than 100 mm in length…That’s more than the 100/2 FFS…

  • http://tumbleweed-092.livejournal.com Slow Gin

    Shut up and take my money!

  • Camaman

    So what does “Distagon” lens stand for? What is it specialty?

  • wert

    Distagon means retrofocus and if you need retrofocus for a 55mm you have a thick flange, which normally means medium format. Interesting or total BS.

    • none

      Distagon design is also used to garantee that the “light rays” hit the sensor at and angle closer to perpendicular, as opposed to a Biogon (symmetric design) where the angle of the rays can be very steep close to the frame borders.

    • http://genotypewritings.blogspot.com genotypewriter

      A “thick flange” doesn’t necessarily mean medium format… see my reply to “Zeiss is Nice” above.

      I expect this lens on FF to perform exactly like when you put the Distagon 35 1.4 on a APS-C. I.e. wide open, it’ll have very little coma and spherical aberrations and the contrast will be noticeably higher. Vignetting would be around 2 stops less in the extreme corners.

      Price will be around the $1800-2000 mark I imagine. Which is not a bad thing… given that there are no good 50mm lenses for 35mm (d)SLRs

      • Meiyu McLuckie

        I concur, at least for Canon. I went through 4 or 5 50-55mm lenses and they all had serious weaknesses. I ended up with a 50mm Zeiss MP and 50L. I look forward to a great 55mm.

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