Tuesday, January 17, 2006

Zeiss Officially announces Nikon Lenses



After weeks of teasing us with cryptic banners on its web site, Carl Zeiss today officially announced its new ZF lenses for the Nikon F mount. The company said the lenses are for both analog and digital cameras, though there aren't any Nikon analog cameras left, save two, the F6 and FM-10.

Zeiss plans to release a 50mm f/1.4 Planar T* ZF lens in the Spring, followed by an 85mm f/1.4 Planar T* ZF. Both lenses, the company said, will be "competitively priced" with Nikon's F lenses. Several more lenses are planned for introduction this year.

In addition, Carl Zeiss is making ZS lenses, to fit M-42 sized screw-mount cameras. The company said using an adapter, Canon owners can utilize the ZS lenses.

The company also said there is a new camera with a Contax mount that uses Zeiss lenses, even though Contax cameras are no longer manufactured.

Surprisingly, there are still SLR cameras with Contax/Yashica mounts coming to the market, even though Kyocera has discontinued the Contax business a year ago.

We have recently come across the Braun SR 2000. This camera is obviously no Contax. But it can take all the Zeiss lenses with Contax/Yashica mount. And it is surprisingly affordable.

Those with a bunch of Zeiss lenses for Contax/Yashica may want to check it out.


Zeiss did not say how much the Braun 2000 costs, however. I suspect the Zeiss lenses cost at least three-times as much as the camera.

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