steelhead3: I always like Roger's take on things...one quibble though, sony has had auto focus zeiss lenses for years, not sure about electronic aperture.
ha sort of...one quibble here...Sony has SONY-BUILT Zeiss lens for years....Zeiss didn't build, Now they build Touit
wlachan: Build quality wise, it's just another plastic AF lens. Whether it received much tighter QC to warrant the asking price is up to anyone's guess.
Metal outside, rubber focus ring, and impeccably smooth focusing...whats plastic about? Only the element housing uses a strong composite material to keep the weight down...I don't understand why using full steel would be any better, in fact it would require an even larger motor since the weight would be more. The elements actually shift in focus.
peevee1: No gold and diamonds inside. Just plastic and a little bit of glass. Strange, the price suggested otherwise.
So you expect gold and diamonds in every single Zeiss lens which start at around $900? Or just this particular one..
3dreal: Whats the exact name of the Yashica-company which announced to revive its lens-production for April 2012. Announced they have two german options for cooperation? To my mind its the same company who produced the Contax/Yashica Zeiss lenses Made in Japan. Very good decisions made.
No, that would be Touit as in the South American parrot which Zeiss says stands for “good visibility, agility, mobility and diversity, qualities.”
Babka08: OK, let's get this straight. This 35mm 1.8 lens is $900. A 50mm 1.4 on any mount is about $350, and a 50mm 1.8 on any mount is around $110-200. I can buy a full-frame D6 or 600D for about $1600. Plus the couple hundred, and I'm still under $2,000, which is about what the Touit and one of the little apsc cameras costs. I get the whole small form factor thing, but something went sideways here.
You just compared a used full frame camera and unspecified non-zeiss lens with a brand new Zeiss lens and a brand new NEX or equivalent and you're wondering why the one costs more than the other when you still don't necessarily get the same results... hm