this lens looks superb. Isnt made by voightlander (Cosina) by any chance is it?
love the design.......but would have liked more pixels. 16megs doesnt cut it any more
nice composition but the butterflies are not sharp :(
Richard Schumer: Many of us need some background on the company's history and its names.
IIRC, after Germany was divided after WWII, part of Carl Zeiss AG was located in Soviet-occupied areas, while other factories were in the "free" zone.
Inevitably, there was a trademark battle and the West German Zeiss operations were called Zeiss IKON while the East German products used the Carl Zeiss label. Reunification brought both trademarks to the company, although, frankly, the Carl Zeiss brand was damaged by variable quality and seen by some (me) as being inferior in design and/or assembly to the West German products.
ZEISS (all caps, no IKON or Carl) will, I expect, solve the branding problem for the future.
I think the rise of the asian market has something to do with it. No-one in East Asia can pronounce CARL. It's simple as this.
kindofblue7: I'm just happy that the Pentax name and product line will live on. Otherwise, the name change is just official recognition of what has been the case since Ricoh acquired Pentax.
Good to hear that the brand will remain and I hope Ricoh brings the brand back to the forefront of photography where it once stood toe to toe with the big boys. It was a true great in the past with the K-mount at one time the most popular lens mount. From the classic medium-format 645 and 67, the beautiful LX, the auto 110,the iconic K1000 to the current medium format DSLR, K series DLRs and the tiny Q shows that the brand did and still has real depth to it. It didnt always work as with the K1 but Pentax does bring a breath of fresh air to the market from time to time. I hope Pentax continues to exisit and thrive!
where are they made? Germany? Japan? Should be at least Japan right?
just need a good set of high-quality screw on lens adaptors to make it 24mm, 50mm and 75mm equivalents. Then i will buy for sure
Does this have weather-sealing?