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Three extremely high performance lenses, the Macro-Planar T* 4/120mm, Sonnar T* 4/180 mm and Sonnar Superachromat 5.6/250mm, will shortly be available with a CFE barrel design. The CFE design simplifies the light metering function together with 200 series cameras. CFE lenses previously available were the Distagon CFE T* 4/40 mm, Planar CFE T* 2.8/80mm and Tele-Superachromat CFE T* 5.6/350mm.
The Macro-Planar CFE T* 4/120mm lens is the top of the line lens for macro type of photography, for which the lens performance is optimised. The lens type is also the preferred choice for digital close-up applications.
The Sonnar CFE T* 4/180mm lens is an outstanding portrait lens but is also extremely useful for general photography outdoors, on location and in the studio. The performance regarding stray light reduction is outstanding making it also very popular for white-background fashion and beauty photography.
Originally designed in 1972, the Sonnar Superachromat CFE 5.6/250mm lens still has the highest overall resolution of all medium format lenses within its focal length range. The reason for this is the extremely good design combined with meticulous manufacturing procedures at Carl Zeiss.
The new CFE lenses will further strengthen the integration between the 500 and 200 series cameras and expand the lens program for automatic use of the precise light metering functions of the 200 series cameras. For fully automatic exposure, the camera shutter should be used. When using the lens shutter, the CFE design facilitates rapid transfer of shutter speed information calculated by the camera.
Deliveries of the new CFE lenses are expected to start at the end of 2001.
Following the introduction of the new CFE lenses, the FE lenses Sonnar T* 2.8/150mm and Tele-Tessar T* 4/250mm will be discontinued.