Carl Zeiss has confirmed that the mysterious 'ZE' mount it will start making lenses for is the Canon EF mount. Initially the company will make its Planar T* 50mm and 85mm F1.4 manual focus lenses available. Both will be available by the end of 2008. The range of lenses in the Canon mount will be expanded in future. Now with US prices.

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ZE – Carl Zeiss SLR lenses now also with EF bayonet

More optics for everyone

OBERKOCHEN/Germany, Carl Zeiss is expanding its successful line of SLR lenses: ZE lenses with EF bayonet for all analog and digital EOS camera models. As with all EF lenses, the new ZE lenses from Carl Zeiss transfer all information exclusively via electronic contacts. This means that all exposure modes such as programmed auto exposure, shutter priority, aperture priority and manual setting are supported.

The camera’s automatic focus confirmation also remains available to an unlimited extent with these manual focus lenses. With digital SLRs, the lens data and all exposure data can also be accessed via the camera’s EXIF file. Even E-TTL flash metering is supported. The first lenses to be available will be the Planar T* 1.4/50 ZE and the Planar T* 1.4/85 ZE in the last quarter of this year.

Further focal lengths will be added to the line within the next few months.

Recommended retail price of both lenses:
Planar T* 1.4/50 ZE
€ 579 (incl. 19% German VAT)
$ 660

Planar T* 1.4/85 ZE
€ 999 (incl. 19% German VAT)
$ 1,170

Planar T* 1.4/50 specifications

Focal length

50 mm

Aperture Range f/1.4 – f/16
Focusing Range 0.45m to infinity
Lens Construction 7 elements in 6 groups
Angle of view, diag.on 35mm 45.4°
Minimum Focus Distance 0.45 m

58 mm

Dimensions (with caps)

ø 66 mm, Length 69 mm

Area covered at close focus 16 x 24 cm

330 g

Planar T* 1.4/85 specifications

Focal length

85 mm

Aperture Range f/1.4 – f/16
Focusing Range 1m to infinity
Lens Construction 6 elements in 5 groups
Angle of view, diag. on 35mm 28.6 °
Minimum Focus Distance 0.45 m

72 mm

Dimensions (with caps)

ø 77 mm, Length 85 mm

Area covered at close focus 24 x 36 cm

570 g