Carl Zeiss launches lenses for Canon EF mount

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  1. David Rasnake

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    After teasing the launch of a new mount a few weeks ago, Carl Zeiss has provided details on the lucky new system. As we predicted, the winner is Canon's EF mount: in addition to providing details on the new EF-compatible Zeiss ZE mount, the German firm also announced two forthcoming ZE lenses.

    With Zeiss's first ZE release, the Planar T* 50mm f/1.4, Canon shooters will have a premium, manual focus option in fast 50mm primes.

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    Built from seven elements in six groups, the 50mm f/1.4 should be available in Q4 2008, with a suggested retail price of $660.

    Zeiss also announced the addition of another f/1.4 lens for the ZE mount, the Planar T* 85mm f/1.4.

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    Five-group construction and a 72mm front element form the core specs for the 85mm f/1.4, which should retail around $1200 when it hits dealers before the end of the year.

    Although it doesn't support auto focus, the ZE mount is fully compatible, via its electronic contacts, with the automatic exposure modes of EF-mount cameras. The camera's AF system can also be employed to provide focus confirmation.

    In addition to the two lenses announced today, Zeiss announced plans to add additional options to the ZE line in the near term. We'll keep our eyes and ears open at Photokina for hints of what may be to come.

     
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    Sweet!

    Hmmmm. Is that a bayonet filter mount rather than threads?
     
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    I think it's threaded internally for the ZE mount at least, but I'm not sure. Let me see if I can round up some specs.

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    Probably threaded, you are right. I think it was only Rollei and Hasselblad that had the bay mount.
     
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    FYI, definitely threaded filter mount.

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    Excellent! These have the lineage to be some very fine glass.
     
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