New Zeiss Zx- lens: 35mm F1,4

Zeiss has announced a new fast version of the 35mm zA/ ZF etc. lens. Contax/ Zeiss once had a 35mm/1,4, this is the new version... http://www.zeiss.com/C1256A770030BCE0/WebViewTopNewsAllE/4E1756D4AF56756EC125779000246827?OpenDocument I have the Zeiss ZF 35/ F2 which is already a very very good lens.

I wonder how much it will cost.

Florian Wardell wrote: I wonder how much it will cost.
€ 1,300 recommended.

Documensony wrote:
Florian Wardell wrote: I wonder how much it will cost.
€ 1,300 recommended.
??? I read: 1385,71 + VAT VAT is around 20% (slightly different in different EU States) Of course you can overlook it if you are a Pro. -- Rapick Jalbum supporter http://www.pbase.com/rapick http://rapick.jalbum.net/

Zeiss (manual focus ) 1.4/35 @ €1649.00 vs Nikkor AF-S 1.8/35 @ €229.80. You do pay a premium for a 0.4 F/ gain! Sure a 'legend' lens, but far above what my finances can afford -- Rapick Jalbum supporter http://www.pbase.com/rapick http://rapick.jalbum.net/

Nikkor 35mm f/1.8 AF-S is DX only, so you can't really compare them.

fbe wrote: Nikkor 35mm f/1.8 AF-S is DX only, so you can't really compare them.
I know, I know. then Nikkor AF 2.0/35 @ €399.80, it is FX but I shall admit that NIkkor AI-S 1.4/35 at £ 1,227.00 is comparable in price.

According to this press release (the weight and a few other specs seem to be missing from the DPR presentation): http://www.zeiss.com/de/press/releases.nsf/ 4E1756D4AF56756EC125779000246827/$File/PI_0141-2010-ENG.rtf (please splice the two ends together - the DPR-server mixes it up otherwise)

It must be a typo. At 850g and 120mm this 35mm makes the ZF 100mm macro seem small. The macro is 'only' 680g and 113mm.

PorscheDoc wrote: It must be a typo. At 850g and 120mm this 35mm makes the ZF 100mm macro seem small. The macro is 'only' 680g and 113mm.
Yup. The Distagons have always been like that. The old Contax version was about that big.

It's all solid metal goodness !

Not in pentax mounth??

What a refreshing press release. Up front statements that the lens is better one stop off maximum aperture, and that it has one stop fall-off at the edges. Imagine that, treating readers as intelligent folk who understand the laws of optics and appreciate the economic tradeoffs involved... -- Lester

lester11 wrote: What a refreshing press release. Up front statements that the lens is better one stop off maximum aperture, and that it has one stop fall-off at the edges. Imagine that, treating readers as intelligent folk who understand the laws of optics and appreciate the economic tradeoffs involved...
It's a German tradition. Leica also used to have fairly realistic and sometimes even down right conservative statements about their own lenses, although unfortunately the hyperbolic American style has crept into their materials more and more during the last decade or so.

SLove wrote:
lester11 wrote: What a refreshing press release. Up front statements that the lens is better one stop off maximum aperture, and that it has one stop fall-off at the edges. Imagine that, treating readers as intelligent folk who understand the laws of optics and appreciate the economic tradeoffs involved...
It's a German tradition. Leica also used to have fairly realistic and sometimes even down right conservative statements about their own lenses, although unfortunately the hyperbolic American style has crept into their materials more and more during the last decade or so.
Personally, I blame the French.

Joseph S Wisniewski wrote:
SLove wrote:
lester11 wrote: What a refreshing press release. Up front statements that the lens is better one stop off maximum aperture, and that it has one stop fall-off at the edges. Imagine that, treating readers as intelligent folk who understand the laws of optics and appreciate the economic tradeoffs involved...
It's a German tradition. Leica also used to have fairly realistic and sometimes even down right conservative statements about their own lenses, although unfortunately the hyperbolic American style has crept into their materials more and more during the last decade or so.
Personally, I blame the French.
They do know a good breakfast.

...A woman is sitting at the bar of a dimly-lit cafe. Lost in thoughts, she doesn’t notice the glass of wine the bartender places before her. From a distance, a photographer tries to capture her mood. He brings her face, which is leaning toward her phone, into focus. Everything around her becomes a blur, and the lights in the background coalesce into a wild “dance” of diffuse shapes....
Oh, Zeiss, how picturesque your refrain, such phrases appeal to the artist in me. Bringing sweet prose into this dull domain, such temptation, I now count every penny... Oh, cruel Zeiss, I am now your slave! Surely, there must be some way, to scrimp and to beg and to save? I have to obtain that delicious bokeh... What's that I hear you cry in pain? It fits only Canon or Nikon! Sadly my desperate quest is in vain, as for these cameras, I have none! So, Zeiss, your siren call does fail; your advertising spiel now looks bland. You have lost another certain sale fallen through fingers like sand.... -- 2010 : My new year's resolution - to be a year of poetry!

@aardvark7 That was very clever and very funny!!

aardvark7 wrote: 2010 : My new year's resolution - to be a year of poetry!
I thought at first that you might have taken the wrong approach to Art by doing photography, but then I checked your galleries and I came to the conclusion that it's not only your poetry that delivers... Cheers! -- Duarte Bruno

Bernie Ess wrote: Zeiss has announced a new fast version of the 35mm zA/ ZF etc. lens. Contax/ Zeiss once had a 35mm/1,4, this is the new version...
How do you focus these lenses on Canon/Nikon DLSRs? You get a focus confirmation signal on the camera?

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