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.
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.