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New Zeiss ZE Lenses Announced for EF-mount Cameras

Carl Zeiss Planar T* 1.4/50 ZE with EF bayonet.

Thornwood, NY, September 2008-- Carl Zeiss is expanding its successful line of SLR lenses with the introduction of the Zeiss ZE Lenses with EF bayonet for all analog and digital EOS camera models.

As with all EF compatible 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 aperture setting is controlled from the camera body and the automatic focus confirmation 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.

Technical Data

Focal length: 50mm 85mm

Aperture scale: f/1.4 - f/16 (1/2 stop clicks)

Focusing range: 1.5' (0.45m) - infinity 3.3 ' (1 m) - infinity

Angular field, diag./horiz 45.4 / 38.4 28.6 / 24

Coverage at close range: 6.3 x 9.4'' (16 x 24 cm) 9.4 x 14'' (24 x 36 cm)

Image ratio at close range: 1:6.7 1:10

Number of elements/groups: 7 / 6 6 / 5

Filter thread: M 58 x 0.75 M 72 x 0.75

Weight: 12 oz. (350 g) 21 oz (600 g)

Dimensions (with caps): 2.6'' (66mm) diameter 2.7'' (69mm) length 3'' (77mm) diameter 3.3'' (85mm) length

List prices: $660, $1,170

Carl Zeiss is a leading international group of companies operating worldwide in the optical and opto-electronic industry. Carl Zeiss AG is headquartered in Oberkochen, Germany.