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Carl Zeiss lenses for Nikon SLR cameras
Carl Zeiss AG of Oberkochen, Germany is about to introduce ZF, a new range of interchangeable lenses for Nikon SLR cameras, both analog and digital. ZF lenses bring the highly acclaimed Carl Zeiss image quality to the Nikon SLR camera system, which has been the preferred equipment of millions of professional and ambitious amateur photographers for decades. ZF lenses can also be used on the Sinar m professional digital camera and a multitude of industrial video cameras. ZF lenses provide Nikon F-mount cameras with the creative potential and phototechnical performance available so far only in the Contax system. In addition, ZF lenses incorporate new technical advances from the ZEISS Ultra Prime®, Master Prime® and DigiPrime® lenses for motion picture cameras. Results have been seen in feature films like "Lord of the Rings", "Alexander", "King Arthur", "Air Force One", "Collateral", "King Kong" and many commercials and music clips.
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Carl Zeiss fixed focal length - Like the ZEISS lenses for motion picture, ZF lenses feature unusually high mechanical quality, fixed focal length, very precise manual focussing, reliability, and exceptional durability. Special attention is paid to guarantee absolute color matching throughout the whole range of lenses resulting in state-of-the-art image quality. The first ZF lens will be the Planar T* 1,4/50 ZF, which, in its Contax RTS version, was rated the world's best fast standard lens by "Popular Photography" in 1999. It will be followed by the Planar T* 1,4/85 ZF, which in its Contax RTS version became known as a great portrait lens.
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Carl Zeiss lenses availability - Both lenses will become available in spring 2006. The Pricing will be suitable competitive with similar items in the Nikon F-system. Several more ZF lenses will be introduced during 2006. With the introduction of ZF lenses, Carl Zeiss will set up a new international distribution network and will nominate distributors in various countries and/or territories. Information on availability of the ZF-lenses will be announced later. ZF lenses are made according to the Nikon AI-S Standard. They can be used on all cameras with AI-connection. ZF lenses do not contain electronics. The direction of rotation of both focus ring and aperture ring are the same as on Nikon lenses. ZF lenses are focused manually only. The aperture ring has half stop click stops.
Carl Zeiss Planar T*
Carl Zeiss Planar T* Specifications:
Carl Zeiss Planar T* 1,4/50 ZF
Focal length : 50 mm
- Aperture range : f/1.4 - f/16, clickstopped in ½ stop intervals
- Focusing range : 0.45 m (18") - ∞, from image plane
- Angle of view, diag./horiz : 46°/39°
- Coverage at close range : 16 cm x 24 cm (6 ½" x 9 ¾")
- Optical construction : 7 elements / 6 groups
- Filter thread : M 58 x 0.75
- Weight : 330 g (11.6 oz)
- Dimensions (with caps) : 66 mm dia x 69 mm long 2 5/8" dia x 2 11/16" long
- Carl Zeiss Lens Code : 102250
Carl Zeiss Planar T* ,4/85 ZF
Focal length : 85 mm
- Aperture range : f/1.4 - f/16 clickstopped in ½ stop intervals
- Focusing range : 1 m (3' 4") - ∞, from image plane
- Angle of view, diag./horiz : 28,5°/24°
- Coverage at close range : 24 cm x 36 cm (9 3/8" x 1' 2")
- Optical construction : 6 elements / 5 groups
- Filter thread : M 72 x 0.75
- Weight : 570 g (1 lb 4.1 oz)
- Dimensions (with caps) : 77 mm dia x 86 mm long 3 1/16" dia x 3 3/8" long
- Carl Zeiss Lens Code : 102251
Lens Testing Systems from Carl Zeiss - The manufacture of high-performance lenses requires not only superior mathematical design and state-of-the-art production methods, but also extremely efficient testing systems which guarantee the high quality of the lenses. Drawing on its many years of experience gained in lens testing, Carl Zeiss has developed special lens testing systems for different applications. These systems can be used in test laboratories, rental parks, in in-process inspection and production, and in the servicing and repair of lenses. The systems are directly marketed by Carl Zeiss in Oberkochen.
About Carl Zeiss Lenses - For over one and a half centuries now, Carl Zeiss has shown others the way in the field of precision optics. Time and time again, the technology pacesetter has succeeded in pushing back the frontiers of precision technology. Today, as in the past, the name Carl Zeiss is a byword for pioneering performance in camera lenses - a long tradition that dates back to an invention of Prof. Dr. Ernst Abbe, the scientific and entrepreneurial genius of Carl Zeiss. As far back as 1886, he recognized the unique suitability of calcium fluoride crystals for the chromatic correction of lenses and invented what is now known as "apochromatic correction". To this very day, this forms the basis of the premium lenses praised by so many discerning and demanding photographers all over the world. Further milestones in lens production were to follow. Worthy of special mention here is the fact that Carl Zeiss actually invented the antireflective coating of optical surfaces in 1935 and was the first manufacturer to commence the industrial production of aspheric lenses in 1937. Carl Zeiss has always risen to even the most daunting challenges in camera lens production - and with resounding success.
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