Zeiss has finally taken the wraps off of the new Loxia family of lenses aimed at Sony E-mount full frame mirrorless cameras. The 35mm f/2 and 50mm f/2 optics will be on-display at Photokina 2014.
The new Zeiss Loxia 35mm f/2 and 50mm f/2 lenses have been announced officially with the promise that they will provide “maximum image quality” as well as “ease of use”.
The German-based manufacturer is claiming that the build quality will not disappoint the users, as Zeiss has always managed to use the best materials in its products.
Zeiss introduces new “Loxia” series of lenses for Sony E-mount full frame cameras
An official announcement has been posted today on Zeiss’ website in order to introduce the Loxia series of optics to the public. The company says that Sony A7, A7R, and A7S users have demanded high-quality prime lenses with manual focus support, so the new 35mm f/2 and 50mm f/2 are here to “exceed” their expectations.
The new Loxia family has been optimized for digital cameras which feature electronic viewfinders. Additionally, the lenses come with mechanical aperture setting, so the users will be able to manually set the aperture using the designated ring on both the 35mm f/2 and 50mm f/2 models.
Since these lenses come with electronic contacts, they will send EXIF data to the Sony E-mount full frame mirrorless cameras.
Even though the lenses only come with manual focus, the system is said to be very “precise” by making use of the magnifier functionality available in the Sony A7-series of shooters.
More details about the Zeiss Loxia 35mm f/2 lens
Zeiss Loxia 35mm f/2 lens is based on a Biogon design consisting of nine elements split into six groups. Its minimum focusing distance stands at 30 centimeters, while the minimum aperture is f/22.
The filter thread of this product measures 52mm, the diameter is of 62.1mm and its length stands at 66mm.
The company has confirmed that the lens weighs 340 grams and that it is scheduled to become available in late Q4 2014 for a price of $1,299.
Availability info of the Zeiss Loxia 50mm f/2 lens
On the other hand the, Zeiss Loxia 50mm f/2 lens comes with a Planar internal design that consists of six elements in four groups.
The dimensions of the 50mm version are similar to the ones of the 35mm model, as it measures 62.1mm in diameter, 66.2mm in length, and weighs 320 grams. Its filter thread also stands at 52mm.
As expected, the aperture ranges down to a minimum of f/22. It is worth noting that the minimum focusing distance stands at 45 centimeters. Zeiss will release this product in October 2014 for a price of $949.
If you want to see these lenses in action, then you can do so at Photokina 2014 as of September 16.