Zeiss is rumored to introduce a new series of lenses, called Loxia, at Photokina 2014, which will be aimed at Sony E-mount cameras with full frame image sensors.
Germany-based manufacturer Zeiss has recently trademarked “Loxia”, a name which is believed to describe a new family of lenses. The optics are said to be designed for Sony FE-mount cameras and to be unveiled at the Photokina 2014 event.
According to trusted sources, the first two Zeiss Loxia lenses will become official at the world’s biggest digital imaging trade fair this September and will consists of prime optics with a maximum aperture of f/2. The two models will also offer focal lengths of 35mm and 50mm, respectively.
Zeiss rumored to announce “Loxia” lenses for Sony FE-mount cameras soon
Zeiss is getting very serious when it comes to lenses for Sony E-mount cameras with full frame image sensors. In fact, the plans will be disclosed at this year’s Photokina and they are so serious that they require a separate brand.
The company has chosen “Loxia” as the name of these optics. Two units will be introduced at Photokina 2014 and they are said to be independently developed by the German manufacturer.
Usually, Zeiss lenses for Sony cameras are designed in collaboration with the PlayStation maker. However, Loxia lenses will be different from what photographers are used to and this can only mean that the image quality provided by the optics will definitely be great.
Zeiss Loxia 35mm f/2 and 50mm f/2 manual focus lenses coming at Photokina 2014
The first Zeiss Loxia models will be the 35mm f/2 and 50mm f/2 lenses. Sony FE-mount camera owners will certainly be disappointed that they are not brighter.
Nevertheless, users should take into consideration the fact that this could be done in order to keep the costs down, so this might be a good trade-off, as the aperture can still be considered “fast”.
Another major downside of the optics could be the lack of autofocus support. It appears that both the 35mm f/2 and 50mm f/2 will be manual focus lenses. However, there is a trade-off once again, as the lenses will be smaller and lighter.
It is also worth mentioning that the optics might come packed with aperture rings, allowing users to control the aperture with ease. Take these details with a grain of salt and stay tuned for more information, as usual!