Zeiss Compact Prime CP.2 25mm T2.1 Unveiled

Zeiss CP2 25mm

Along with the new CZ.2 28-80mm cine lens, Carl Zeiss announced a new CP.2 25mm T2.1 cine prime lens – not to be confused with the current Zeiss CP.2 25mm T2.9 lens.  The CP.2 25mm T2.1 lens will be available with interchangeable mounts for PL, EF, F, MFT and E mounts.  It is a full frame lens, covering a 36 x 24mm image circle, so it works with cameras like the 5D Mark III, as well as Super 35mm cameras like the C300.

The Zeiss CP.2 25mm T2.1 cine lens will be available in October for $4,500.

More details in the press release below. [Read more...]

Carl Zeiss Compact Zoom CZ.2 28-80mm T2.9 Announced

Compact Zoom CZ.2 28-80/T2.9

Carl Zeiss has announced a new cine zoom lens, the CZ.2 28-80mm T2.9, which will be available in 5 different mounts (PL, EF, F, MFT and E).  It features a full frame 36 x 24mm image circle for compatibility with HDSLRs like the 5D Mark III and cine cameras like the Canon C300 and Sony NEX-FS700.  This new lens will mate nicely with the Zeiss 70-200mm T2.9 that was announced earlier this year.

The Zeiss CZ.2 28-80mm T2.9 will be available in the second quarter of 2013 at a retail price of $19,900.

More details in the full press release below. [Read more...]

Sony 24mm F2, 35mm F1.8 and 85mm F2.8 Lenses

Sony has announced 3 new A-mount lenses for its line of Alpha DSLRs.  The new lenses include the Carl Zeiss Distagon T* 24mm F2 ZA SSM, the DT 35mm F1.8 SAM, and the 85mm F2.8 SAM.

The Distagon T* 24mm F2 and 85mm F2.8 SAM should be available in September at and initial retail price of £1,100 and £220, respectively.  The DT 35mm F1.8 should be available in October at an initial retail price of £175.

Sony has not announced pricing or availability for these lenses in the US yet; however, US pricing and available should be revealed closer to the September and October launch dates for these lenses.

More details and images in the press release below. [Read more...]

Carl Zeiss Lightweight Zoom LWZ.2 for APS-C Sensor HDSLRs

Carl Zeiss Lightweight Zoom LWZ.2

Carl Zeiss has unveiled new Lightweight Zoom designed for PL cine cameras and HDSLRs with APS-C format sensors like the Canon 7D, Rebel T2i, Nikon D300s and D90.  While the press release from Zeiss does not provide a zoom range, it appears to be the same as the former LWZ-1 lens at 15.5-45mm.  The LWZ.2 comes with interchangeable mounts in PL, EF and F-mount flavors, which allows a triple purpose for those working with different cameras on a project or across projects.

More details in the press release below. [Read more...]

Carl Zeiss Launches New Distagon T* 2.8/21 Lens

The legendary Carl Zeiss Distagon T* 2.8/21Carl Zeiss has launched a new 21mm super wide angle lens: the Distagon T* 2.8/21. The lens is suitable for both digital and analog full-format SLR cameras with EF (ZE), F (ZF) and K (ZK) bayonets. It’s a modernized version of the the Contax system. The Distagon T* 2.8/21 is scheduled for delivery by the end of this year with the ZF and ZK versions. The expected selling price will be 1,399 euros.

The lens is ideal for architectural, journalistic and landscape photography, according to Carl Zeiss’ press release. The shortest possible distance setting of 0.22 m promises great perspectives.