The Zeiss 55mm f/1.4 lens for high-end DSLR cameras with image sensors bigger than 30 megapixels will become available for purchase in late 2013.
Zeiss has previously announced that it will introduce a new series of lenses aimed at high-end DSLR shooters with full frame image sensors. Additionally, the company has revealed that these optics will provide unmatched image quality and “an outstanding experience”.
Zeiss 55mm f/1.4 release date is late 2013
The first product to be released in this category is the Zeiss 55mm f/1.4. The company has even posted some sample photos, revealing top notch image quality.
Now, the Germany-based manufacturer has officially announced that the lens will be released on the market in late 2013. Since it is a high-end product, only high-quality cameras will be able to sustain it.
For the time being, only the Nikon D800 and D800E fall into this category, as they are the only ones with full frame sensors bigger than 30-megapixel.
German maker to release both wide-angle and 85mm f/1.4 lenses, too
Zeiss says that the 55mm f/1.4 will be the best in the 50mm category and it will certainly be appreciated by portrait photographers. However, other focal lengths are taken into consideration as well.
The second unit will be a 85mm version, while the third will fall into the wide-angle class. Both of them will feature a maximum aperture of f/1.4. Another “certainty” is the fact that this range will be the best on the marker for full frame cameras, Zeiss added.
Canon to launch its big megapixel camera soon?
The launch of the Zeiss 55mm f/1.4 might suggest that Canon is readying its big megapixel camera, as well. The shooter has been rumored to be launched for a long time and it would be a surprise if Zeiss releases a lens for only two cameras.
For the time being, neither of them has been announced, but all could change in late 2013 or early 2014. Either way, the 55mm f/1.4 optic will cost around €3,000 in Europe.