Pre-Photokina 2008: Carl Zeiss has launched a modernized version of its highly-regarded Distagon T* 2.8/21 super-wideangle lens. Promising exceptional sharpness across the frame coupled with extremely low chromatic aberration and superior control of flare due to its T* coating, this manual focus-only lens also boasts a floating element design for excellent results across the entire distance range. It will be available in Canon, Nikon and Pentax mounts at the end of 2008.

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Carl Zeiss Launches New 21mm Super Wide Angle Lens for SLR Cameras

OBERKOCHEN/Germany – September 16, 2008: The legendary Distagon T* 2.8/21 is now being introduced for SLR cameras with EF, F and K bayonets. Thanks to its excellent performance, this modernized version from the former Contax system sets new standards in this focal length class.

“The outstanding correction of chromatic aberration enables photos without color fringes even in high-contrast light conditions”, says Martin Klottig, Marketing Manager, Carl Zeiss Camera Lens Division. “Even at full aperture, the floating element design ensures optimum edge-to-edge image quality over the entire focusing range.

And even in difficult light conditions, the new Distagon provides excellent results thanks to its T* coating, optimum reflection reduction and exceptional chromatic correction.” The shortest possible distance setting of only 0.22 m makes the lens ideal for impressive perspectives. Typical applications include architectural, journalistic and landscape photography.

The Distagon 2.8/21 is available with an EF bayonet (ZE), F bayonet (ZF) and a K bayonet (ZK). It is suitable for both digital and analog full-format SLR cameras.

Delivery of the Distagon T* 2.8/21 is scheduled to begin by the end of this year with the ZF and ZK version. Its selling price is estimated at 1,399 euros (incl. 19% German VAT).