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Autofocus Zeiss T* lenses to be released for Sony Alpha

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Category: Interchangeable Lenses

Autofocus Zeiss T* lenses to be released for Sony Alpha - Among the first lenses to be released will be an autofocus version of the 85mm f/1.4 Planar, which Zeiss announced as one of their sharpest ever lenses when it was released as a manual focus Nikon lens.

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Autofocus Zeiss T* lenses to be released for Sony Alpha
Other lenses include a Planar 135mm f/1.8 ZA and a 16-80mm f/3.5-4.5 ZA standard zoom lens. Although these lenses are primarily designed for use with the new Sony Alpha camera, they cover the full 35mm frame, and can be used with older Minolta Dynax film bodies.

The lenses will be showcased at Photokina in September.

Press Release:
The scientific expertise of Carl Zeiss in camera optics and the industry-leading position of Sony in the consumer electronics market offer a solid foundation for expanding the existing cooperation in the field of DSC and Camcorders into the field of digital single lens reflex cameras (DSLR). The first Sony DSLR camera with Carl Zeiss inter- changeable lenses is the Sony ALPHA, also launched today.

We are delighted to expand our collaboration with Sony, the world leader in consumer electronics. We consider this collaboration as an important step into the DSLR market, comments Dr. Winfried Scherle, General Manager & Vice President Carl Zeiss AG Camera Lens Division. Sonys technological expertise and under- standing of consumer markets combined with Carl Zeiss proven proficiency of optics and lens solutions makes us a strong team.

Carl Zeiss AG will equip the new Sony Alpha DSLR camera, announced today, with a range of high performance autofocus lenses. These lenses are designated "ZA" signifying ZEISS lens for Sony Alpha mount.

The first three ZA lenses will be the Planar T* 1,4/85 ZA, the Sonnar T* 1,8/135 ZA, and the Vario-Sonnar T* DT 3,5-4,5/16-80 ZA. These lenses will be introduced at Photokina, the world's largest photo trade show, which opens its doors in Cologne on Sept. 26.

ZA lenses bring the superior Carl Zeiss image quality to the mainstream of today's DSLR photography. Combined with Sony's new Alpha DSLR which capitalizes on Sony's expertise as world leader in digital imaging sensors, advanced image formation algorithms, image stabilizing technology, and a well-proven user interface, ambitious photographers are now being offered a powerful new imaging system.

Although designed primarily for current and future Sony DSLR cameras, most Carl Zeiss ZA lenses - except the Vario-Sonnar T* DT 3,5-4,5/16-80 ZA - cover the full 35 mm frame and are therefore compatible with existing Alpha-mount cameras in the market. These include the well-known Minolta Dynax and Maxxum SLRs, both digital and analog.

Carl Zeiss ZA lenses will be distributed exclusively through Sony.

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shed
shed  9586 forum posts England
7 Jun 2006 - 8:44 AM

Autofocus CZ lenses, very nice.

Does anybody know if CZ will only make AF lenses for Sony, or will Nikon users get AF?

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spaceman
spaceman  105159 forum posts Wales3 Constructive Critique Points
7 Jun 2006 - 12:06 PM

Some good news for us Minolta users - at last.

roverfoxy9
roverfoxy9  10278 forum posts Spain
7 Jun 2006 - 1:46 PM

All good things come to those who wait...

monstersnowman

Have been wavering between a new purchase of Canon or Nikon bodies but I may have a third option .. I already have a Sony DSC-R1 and it is absolutely razor sharp, even compared with L series lenses on my 350d.

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