Carl Zeiss is expanding its existing ZE line of lenses with two new macro lenses, the Makro-Planar T* 2/50 and the Makro-Planar T* 2/100, both now available with EF bayonet mount.
According to the press release, “both macro lenses render objects in close-up on a scale of 1:2. To enable such detail, these lenses include Carl Zeiss’s acclaimed “floating elements” design. This special lens alignment enables high optical performance across the entire focusing range, from 0.24 m to infinity. The Makro-Planar T* 2/50 and Makro-Planar T* 2/100 are already available with F bayonet (ZF) and K bayonet (ZK). The Makro-Planar T* 2/50 is also available as a ZF.2 version. Both lens systems are optimized for analog and full-format digital SLR cameras”.
It’s been about a year since premium lens-maker Carl Zeiss introduced the ZE-series lenses with a Canon mount. The Planar T* 1.4/50 and Planar T* 1.4/85 are now complemented with the Distagon T* 2.8/21 ZE, an ultra-wide-angle lens.
The new lens is designed especially for architecture and landscape photography. Featuring a 21mm focal length and an aperture range between f/2.8 and f/22, the new it provides an image ratio at close range of 1:5. Digital photographers taking wide-angle shots often encounter image errors at the transition between bright and dark light as a result of lenses breaking the various wavelengths differently.
The Distagon T* 2.8/21 ZE lens corrects color errors, prevents fringing and unwanted lack of focus that can result from chromatic aberrations. The new lens also features an anti-reflex coating to prevent stray light and reflections. The large front filter diameter allows for the use of standard screw-in filters when combined with the standard lens shade.
Carl Zeiss ZE-Series lenses for Canon SLRs will make their debut at Photokina 2008; a full two and a half years after the launch of ZF-series lenses for Nikon SLR cameras (PMA 2006). Photographers have been trying to find a way to mount Zeiss lenses on Canon SLRs for years. The only way prior to the ZE-series lens was by using a Novoflex Body Adapter which has the unpleasant side-effect of loosing both metering (camera and flash) as well as the autofocus.
The new ZE lenses from Carl Zeiss transfer all information exclusively via the electronic contacts in the mount. This means that all exposure modes such as programmed auto exposure, shutter priority, aperture priority and manual settings are supported. These are these manual focus lenses. However, the camera’s automatic focus confirmation also remains available. With digital SLRs, the lens data and all exposure data can also be accessed via the camera’s EXIF file. E-TTL flash metering is also supported. The first lenses to be available will be the Planar T* 1.4/50 ZE (shown above) and the Planar T* 1.4/85 ZE. Other focal lengths will be announced within the next few months.