[rollei_list] Re: OT: Carl Zeiss news, KA lenses

  • From: Mike Bischof <nbg90455@xxxxxxxxx>
  • To: rollei_list@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
  • Date: Wed, 25 Jul 2007 08:44:45 -0700 (PDT)

While it is great news that CZ continues to be an active player in the arena of 
camera lens building, I continue to be surprised at their pricing strategy (vs. 
what used to be the prices for the now-defunct Contax system). I got a whole 
set of lenses in C/Y mount (and a couple of bodies that beat any body ever 
produced in Pentax K mount), so it doesn't matter to me, but still...

Carlos Manuel Freaza <cmfreaza@xxxxxxxxxxxx> wrote:
  "Carl Zeiss SLR Lenses Now Available for K Bayonet 
Good news for 35 mm SLR (Single Lens Reflex)
enthusiasts. The successful SLR line of lenses is
continuing to grow. Different camera mounts are making
the prized optics attractive for an increasing number
of SLR photographers. These premium lenses with manual
focusing are now also available for the K bayonet.
They are sold under the name of ZK Until now, Carl
Zeiss SLR lenses were already available for the F
bayonet (ZF) and the M42 screw threads (ZS).

SLR lenses from Carl Zeiss are known for their
outstanding image quality and precise, long-lasting
mechanical parts. This has been enabled by the growing
known-how and the latest technology: for the design of
its SLR lenses, Carl Zeiss draws on more than 100
years of experience in camera optics.

The ZEISS SLR lenses with the ZK bayonet contain
transmission elements based on the KA standard and
thus permit the utilization of shutter priority,
aperture priority and programmed auto exposure on all
camera models with these features. 

Initially, the Distagon T* 2.8/25 and 2/35, Planar T*
1.4/50 and 1.4/85 as well as Makro-Planar T* 2/50 and
2/100 will be offered for the K bayonet. In the
future, further additions to the line of SLR lenses
will provide demanding photographers with an even
larger selection of manually focusable fixed focal
lengths for their work. Prices for these premium
optics range from 500 to 1350 Euro (excl. VAT). The
first lenses will be available in August. 

Precise focusing is the decisive factor for optimum
results in practically all areas of photography. SLR
lenses from Carl Zeiss offer considerable advantages
over lenses with autofocus, particularly for
landscape, macro, portrait, night and architectural
images. For practical use, the large rotary angle and
the absolute freedom from play of the focus ring
simplify exact focusing on the details important to
the image, which also makes the performance of the
lens visible in the resulting picture. This allows
photographers to better implement their creative ideas
and better accentuate details in the image as the main
subject can be clearly emphasized against its

Berlin main train station 

For nighttime exposures with strong light sources in
the image, in particular, the advanced stray light
suppression of Carl Zeiss lenses practically prevents
ghost images and the contrast in the picture is
outstanding. The quality of a lens can be noticed very
quickly, particularly in challenging lighting

The range of use of this line of lenses can also be
expanded by attaching a corresponding adapter to the
digital and analog camera housings of other
manufacturers. Novoflex, for example, offers
high-quality adapters".

I hope to see some of these lenses on my KA bayonet
some day.


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