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RIP Zeiss Ikon film rangefinder camera

RIP Zeiss Ikon film rangefinder camera | Photography Gear News | Scoop.it
After the silver Zeiss Ikon film rangefinder camera ($1,600) was discontinued earlier this year, the company confirm to Thephoblographer today that they entirely stopped the manufacturing of all versions the Ikon.
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Carl Zeiss adds 15mm T/2.9 and 135 T/2.1 Compact Prime cine lenses at NAB

Carl Zeiss adds 15mm T/2.9 and 135 T/2.1 Compact Prime cine lenses at NAB | Photography Gear News | Scoop.it

"Carl Zeiss has announced two videography-orientated lenses to add to its CP.2 Compact Prime range, a 15mm and a 135mm. The lenses, to be unveiled at the NAB broadcast industry trade show in Las Vegas, are the CP.2 15mm T/2.9 and CP.2 135mm T/2.1. Both lenses are color-matched to allow consistency in footage shot with different lenses, and feature interchangeable mounts, allowing use with PL, EF, F, MFT and E mounts. The two lenses will be available in the fourth quarter of 2012 at an MSRP of €4,200 / US$5,700 (excluding VAT)."

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How Carl Zeiss lens changed the world

How Carl Zeiss lens changed the world | Photography Gear News | Scoop.it

Zeiss influenced history from the birth of optics to cutting-edge modern technology

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The Great 50mm Shootout

The Great 50mm Shootout | Photography Gear News | Scoop.it

"Every so often the Universe realizes I’m getting a little cocky and sends someone to ask me a simple question I can’t answer. It happened again the other day. Michael Plumridge and Peter Lik asked Tyler what the sharpest 50mm lens was. They were shooting on Red Epics with adapters so neither brand, mount, nor price mattered. But they needed to know right away. Tyler told them he’d ask me and give them the answer in a few minutes.
But I didn’t have a clue. I have tons of data on 50mm lenses for Nikon and Canon cameras, but all of that was shot at widest aperture, which is great for finding lenses with problems, but not great for finding which is sharpest at f/4. And we had no factual data for Leica mount lenses because Rangefinder cameras are very difficult to test using programs like Imatest. But when someone like Peter Lik wants an answer and tells you Jim Jannard is curious, too, you get them an answer. So we tested every kind of 50mm lens we had available and got a pretty clear answer by the end of the day.
As always, my first thought when presented with a bunch of work to do is “what’s in it for me”? Turns out not much. Tyler got a beautiful signed picture that hangs in his office so I can see it every time I walk by. I got a nice thank you email. But, I figured if I did all that work, I’d at least make a blog post out of it so I didn’t have to do a bunch of research over the holiday weekend. Wait, I mean, I was certain other people would be interested in what I found, so I thought I’d share the results."

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Zeiss Distagon T* 18mm f/3.5 ZF (DX) Review

Zeiss Distagon T* 18mm f/3.5 ZF (DX) Review | Photography Gear News | Scoop.it

"The Zeiss Distagon T* 18mm f/3.5 is the widest prime lens of the Zeiss Z-series.
According to the Zeiss naming convention "Distagon" refers to a "retro-focus" lens based on an asymmetrical design. The asymmetry is necessary to provide the required space for a SLR mirror. The first Distagon lens was introduced in 1953 - a 60mm f/5.6 for the Hasselblad 1000F. The design evolved over time, of course, and it's no longer just used by Zeiss but across the whole industry.

The lens is available for Canon (ZE) and Nikon (ZF, ZF.2) cameras. There also was a K-mount version for Pentax cameras (ZK), however Zeiss decided to discontinue the ZK-line in 2010. In addition, the ZF-line remains available, but is now marketed for industrial applications only.

The lens lives a bit in the shadow of its "legendary" sister lens, the Distagon 21mm. However, it offers a few advantages (besides its wider field of view, of course). It's smaller (well, shorter), lighter and at around 1200 EUR/USD it's also a bit more affordable, but still far from being cheap.

The Distagon is a full frame lens (all ZF lenses are), however in this review we'll have a look at its performance on our current DX test camera, the Nikon D7000."

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Zeiss Vario-Sonnar T* 24-70mm f/2.8 ZA SSM (Sony SAL-2470Z) - Review - Photozone.de

Zeiss Vario-Sonnar T* 24-70mm f/2.8 ZA SSM (Sony SAL-2470Z) - Review - Photozone.de | Photography Gear News | Scoop.it
The Zeiss Vario-Sonnar T* 24-70mm f/2.8 ZA SSM is Sony's powerhouse lens in the standard zoom arena. The Zeiss lenses are designed by Zeiss but manufactured by Sony based on Zeiss quality control. As you may have guessed already the "Vario" terms refers to a zoom lens whereas the "Sonnar" (derived from "Sonne" (German) = "sun" in English) specifies a large aperture lens. It is a full format lens so let's have a look now how it perfoms on a Sony Alpha A900/A850.
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Zeiss ZF Distagon T* 28mm f/2.0 (FX) - Review / Test Report

Zeiss ZF Distagon T* 28mm f/2.0 (FX) - Review / Test Report | Photography Gear News | Scoop.it
The Zeiss Distagon T* 28mm f/2 is a fast wide-angle lens. In terms of execution and style it is almost indistinguishable to its nearest cousins - the T* 35mm f/2 and T* 25mm f/2.8.
According to the Zeiss naming convention "Distagon" refers to a "retro-focus" lens based on an asymmetrical design. The asymmetry is necessary to provide the required space for a SLR mirror. The first Distagon lens was introduced in 1953 - a 60mm f/5.6 for the Hasselblad 1000F. The design evolved over time, of course, and it's no longer just used by Zeiss but across the whole industry...
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Carl Zeiss Lenses - "Stress test"

Camera and cine lenses need to operate perfectly in extreme conditions, withstanding everything from scorching heat and bitter cold to sandstorms and severe vibrations. The video shows how Carl Zeiss researchers systematically submit lenses to extreme stresses in order to arrive at findings that can help in future lens design and development.

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Zeiss Rumors: Zeiss Ikon Silver version is discontinued

Zeiss Rumors: Zeiss Ikon Silver version is discontinued | Photography Gear News | Scoop.it

"Zeiss's M-mount rangefinder film camera, the Zeiss Ikon, made by Cosina, has its silver version discontinued, as stated on Cosina's website.


ツァイス イコン シルバーボディ 153,000円 *レンズは含みません(この製品は生産終了しました)


Let's do a simple account.

  • The German made ZM Sonnar 85/2 was discontinued;
  • Silver version of ZM lenses was once rumored to be discontinued;
  • Zeiss Ikon SW was discontinued;
  • Now the silver ZI is discontinued.

If I am allowed to guess, the current German made ZM Distagon 15/2.8 will probably be replaced by a Cosina made version, if not to be discontinued (especially with the intro. of a 15mm Distagon for SLR)."

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Zeiss ZE Distagon T* 25mm f/2 (Canon EF) - Review / Lab Test

Zeiss ZE Distagon T* 25mm f/2 (Canon EF) - Review / Lab Test | Photography Gear News | Scoop.it

"Several of the currently offered manual focus Zeiss Z-series lenses are based on fairly old designs. However, slowly but steadily we are seeing newly developed lenses like the Distagon T* 35mm f/1.4 and the Distagon T* 25mm f/2. This time we'll have a look at the latter one. The T* 25mm f/2 is available in Nikon F and Canon EF mount. Apart from the lack of AF it is a fully coupled lens so a camera-controlled aperture, focus confirmation and EXIF data is supported. The Distagon is, obvious, a moderate ultra-wide angle lens with typical applications such as landscape, street and architecture photography. It is, of course, not exactly a budget item but it isn't any more expensive than its nearest competitor - the Canon EF 24mm f/1.4 USM L ... which has the advantage of being faster though. The optical design is not identical to the Zeiss ZA 24mm f/2 SSM (for Sony Alpha), BTW."

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Zeiss Distagon T* 21mm f/2.8 ZF (DX) Review

Zeiss Distagon T* 21mm f/2.8 ZF (DX) Review | Photography Gear News | Scoop.it

"The 21 mm Distagon is not a newcomer but a lens with a history dating back to the Contax C/Y era. The lens was one of the latest additions to the system (discontinued just after the Millennium). Soon after its release the news spread that this lens is something special - user comments and reviews suggested that it was the best mass production ultra-wide lens ever produced. Due to the rather mediocre alternatives in the EOS land some Canon users were even desperate enough to use it via adapters on their EOS cameras ... and to pay more for it over at ebay than its original MSRP. At the peak of this crazy hype it was almost more an investment rather than a purchase.
Well, these times are over because Zeiss did eventually listen and the lens is available again for Canon (ZE) and Nikon (ZF, ZF.2) cameras. There also was a K-mount version for Pentax cameras (ZK), however Zeiss decided to discontinue the ZK-line in 2010.

The new Distagon is not 100% identical to the original design. According to Zeiss it has been modernized with respect to flare and environment-friendly glass and the optical design has also been altered slightly. This price has not changed though - at around 1500EUR/US$ it is still not exactly a cheap item.

The Distagon is a full frame lens (all ZF lenses are), however in this review we'll have a look at how the lens performs on our current DX test camera, the Nikon D7000, where it resembles a moderate wide angle lens."

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Carl Zeiss Distagon T* 35 mm f/1.4 ZE/ZF.2 Review

Carl Zeiss Distagon T* 35 mm f/1.4 ZE/ZF.2 Review | Photography Gear News | Scoop.it
When it comes to full-frame 1.4/35 lenses, designed for reflex cameras, we have been given an ample opportunity to test products from such companies as Canon, Nikon, Samyang or Sony. There was just one lens from that good group left to be tested– the Carl Zeiss Distagon T* 35 MM F/1.4 ZE/ZF.2.

To tell you the truth we were very curious about its performance and results. First of all because it is an expensive lens from a reputable company. Additionally, it is the heaviest and the biggest instrument in its class. The combination of all those properties might suggest that we deal here with an optical gem of an instrument so to speak. Is it really the case, though? Does the Zeiss fares better than its competitors? Find out in next chapters and happy reading!
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Zeiss ZF Distagon T* 35mm f/2.0 (FX) - Review / Test Report

Zeiss ZF Distagon T* 35mm f/2.0 (FX) - Review / Test Report | Photography Gear News | Scoop.it
The Zeiss Distagon T* 35mm f/2 is a moderate wide-angle lens. In terms of execution and style it is almost indistinguishable to its nearest cousins - the T* 28mm f/2 and T* 25mm f/2.8.
According to the Zeiss naming convention "Distagon" refers to a "retro-focus" lens based on an asymmetrical design. The asymmetry is necessary to provide the required space for a SLR mirror. The first Distagon lens was introduced in 1953 - a 60mm f/5.6 for the Hasselblad 1000F. The design evolved over time, of course, and it's no longer just used by Zeiss but across the whole industry.
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