Carl Zeiss will announce a new Loxia 2.4/85 lens

The Zeiss teaser from yesterday is for a new Loxia 2.4/85 full frame lens (Sony-E mount). Here are the technical details:

  • Based on an optimized design with ZEISS Sonnar
  • Seven elements in seven groups
  • Minimum focusing distance of 0.8m
  • Manual focus ring rotation angle of 220°
  • De-Click and EXIF electronic interface (transmits data to the camera
  • The official announcement should be in the nest few days
  • Shipping will start in mid-December 2016
  • Price: 6199 zł

Here is the new 85mm Loxia in addition to the existing 21mm, 35mm and 50mm lenses:

Via Optyczne (post removed already)

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  • Brennan McKissick

    That’s a nice and compact kit.

  • faberryman

    Why so huge for an f2.4 lens?

    • jojo

      The only huge part is the length – with longer lenses there is no significant mirrorless size advantage.

      • faberryman

        I was thinking about the Nikon manual focus 85mm f2.0 lens which is 61mm in length, approximately the same as the Zeiss Lokia 50mm. The Olympus manual focus 85mm f2.0 lens was even shorter at 43mm.

        • chrisgull

          With Sony-E mirrorless (compared to Nikon F and others), the lens mount is closer to the focal plane, so this means the lens barrel has to be longer (assuming the same optical design).

        • jojo

          The Nikon 85/2 at 61mm long mounts 46.5mm in front of the image plane, so the front of the lens is 107.5mm from the film or sensor.

          The Loxia 85/2.4 is 94.8mm long, but mounts only 18mm in front of the image plane – a total of 112.8mm, only 5.3mm longer than the Nikon. There’s not much difference in overall size.

          The Olympus example shows lenses can be made smaller, but design decisions (compromises) have to be made.

  • Neopulse

    Dying to see the images of this lens. It looks like it has more lenses inside than usual and based on a Sonnar design so chances are the Bokeh will be great wide open while maintaining sharpness and contrast.

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