Thursday, 19 November 2009

Zeiss launch new ZF.2 lenses with CPUs for Nikon

Carl Zeiss today announced its introduction of a new series of lenses for the semi-professional market: the ZF.2 with F bayonet for Nikon digital SLRs.

Thanks to its electronic interface (CPU), these new Zeiss lenses support all- important operations such as the automatic mechanisms for time, aperture setting and program. The CPU also supports manual exposure settings, including those for camera casings that are not AI-compatible. Since the lens now transmits the EXIF data such as manufacturer, date, metering system and exposure to the camera, photographers no longer need to set the parameters manually. These quicker and faster handling capabilities are especially useful under hectic shooting conditions.

The ZF.2 lenses are available in eight focal lengths, six of which will be available from the end of November 2009... 3,5/18, 2,8/21, 2/35, 1,4/50, 2/50 and 1,4/85. The Distagon T* 2/28 ZF.2 and macro Planar T* 2/100 ZF.2 will be introduced in Spring 2010.

Zeiss are currently reworking and optimizing the Distagon T* 2.8/25 ZF, and as a result, it will be available for other mounts somewhat later. Prices for these new lenses will lie between EUR 545 and EUR 1.386 (excluding VAT).