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08-23-2010, 06:54 PM   #1
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Zeiss ZK updates?

Zeiss did update their Nikon lenses to include electronic aperture (ZF.2),
Canon ZE lenses have always been electronic. How about Pentax version?
Do you think there is not enough market for those lenses to spend on R&D
or maybe there is a chance for ZK.2 with electronic aperture?
I think if K-5 is as good as I think it is, I might pick up
a couple of my favorite lenses in Pentax mount, but I hate manual aperture...

08-23-2010, 07:03 PM   #2
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Well, ZK mount has a "A" contact which is similar to what you describe as electronic aperture I suppose.
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QuoteOriginally posted by Zav Quote
Well, ZK mount has a "A" contact which is similar to what you describe as electronic aperture I suppose.
Yup! The ZK lenses have always had what the Nikon users *just* got.

I've heard that a 35mm f/1.4 is in the works - I'd imaging that it'll also be offered as a K-mount.
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really?
You can see manual aperture switch on the picture here:

Zeiss 100mm f/2 ZK Makro-Planar T* Manual Focus Lens 1486-392 -

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The lens in that pic is a Nikon mount version with the "rabbit ears".
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thank you so much for clearing this up for me
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QuoteOriginally posted by andi Quote
really?
You can see manual aperture switch on the picture here:

Zeiss 100mm f/2 ZK Makro-Planar T* Manual Focus Lens 1486-392 -

Yes, I have that lens and can confirm that the picture on B&H is inaccurate. Can also confirm that all ZK lenses have electronic aperture coupling. The only "extra" thing you have to do when using them is to tell the camera the focal length (it prompts you when you turn it on). This is to enable proper functioning of the SR system. BTW, I highly recommend the ZK's. Other than the 18 and 25, they are nothing short of sublime, and there is supposed to be a re-worked 25 coming out this year.

As far as that rumored 35/1.4, Zeiss has publicly stated that it will not happen this year. There is some evidence that the mention of that lens was merely a typo. Even if it does happen, there's definitely no guarantee that it will be preferable to the current 35/2, a universally acclaimed lens. Many, in fact, consider it to be the best 35 ever made. For instance, the current 50/2 is almost always considered superior to the current 50/1.4, other than in size and price. The excitement over a 35/1.4 arose because of nostalgia about a historical 35/1.4 that was much-loved.
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Thanks! I have this lens for my Canon and you don't need to convince me.
I just wasn't sure about the Pentax version. Thanks for the info.
There will be something new from Zeiss soon, I got it straight from the top.
the revised 25 is designed for Canon first, not sure how they are planning this,
as to add some confusion, they just released 25 for Nikon ZF.2 and this is still
the old design. They are not gonna do it for Canon, the upcoming Canon version
will be the new design which supposed to match the quality of their 21, which
is out of this world. We'll see.

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great timing
New press release from Zeiss:

http://photorumors.com/2010/08/24/carl-zeiss-“we-will-present-new-lenses-and...ina/#more-5628


"new lenses and accessories"
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~$1800 for a 1:2 macro lens. :OhNo:
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~$1800 for a 1:2 macro lens. :OhNo:
This is why CV 125 Apo Lanthar reigns supreme. :ugh:
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This is why CV 125 Apo Lanthar reigns supreme. :ugh:
Absolutely. The Cosina Voigtlander SL II and SL I series primes are an excellent alternative to their higher priced Zeiss siblings.
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~$1800 for a 1:2 macro lens. :OhNo:

This is similar to saying that Porsches are over-priced because they can't hold 7 passengers. Have you made all your lens purchases based on stats? Pentaxians, more than anyone, should understand about buying lenses based on the intangibles. I couldn't care less about 1:1. I've had both DFA100's, and they're great lenses, but I still sold them. I'd have to really be hurting for money to sell the Zeiss. Truth be told, I suspect few people buy the 100 MakroPlanar for macro work. Close-focus ability is just a bonus with this lens, IMO.
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The zess'es are really expensive, Im hoping cosina plans to introduce some more Voigtlanders as those are my fave series of lenses, havent heard anything new from them recently. Just too bad those lenses are quite slow in general for prime lenses.
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QuoteOriginally posted by DogLover Quote
This is similar to saying that Porsches are over-priced because they can't hold 7 passengers. Have you made all your lens purchases based on stats? Pentaxians, more than anyone, should understand about buying lenses based on the intangibles. I couldn't care less about 1:1. I've had both DFA100's, and they're great lenses, but I still sold them. I'd have to really be hurting for money to sell the Zeiss. Truth be told, I suspect few people buy the 100 MakroPlanar for macro work. Close-focus ability is just a bonus with this lens, IMO.
Actually, your analogy is misleading. I am comparing macro lenses to macro lenses here. By your analogy, its more like having a $250,000 sports car and getting beat at the line from 0 to 60 by a family sedan. To get to 1:1 it will require an extension tube which probably costs another $500 for a matched one. Furthermore, you would be surprised how many people actually by macro lenses for macro work. That would be the primary reason I would buy one.

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