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Carl Zeiss ZF price update
Mark Peters : March 6th 2006 - 17:00 CETupdated
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ZeissCarl Zeiss ZF price update : We have received official information about the prices for the new Carl Zeiss ZF lenses that have introduced in January, 2006. The new Carl Zeiss ZF lenses are a new range of SLR lenses for Nikon digital SLR and film based SLR cameras. The first batch of ZF lenses is expected to be available in spring 2006 although Zeiss points out that an exact date of delivery can not be guaranteed at this moment. As soon as the Carl Zeiss ZF lenses are available it will be possible to order them via the Zeiss website. The new Zeiss ZF lenses have been tested by Zeiss and so far realized an outstanding test result. The highest benchmark for 35mm format lenses was 250 pairs of in lines per mm.
Carl Zeiss ZF price updateCarl Zeiss ZF - Lens test conclusion
The new lenses set a new benchmark record with up to 320 pairs of lines per mm. The test was performed with a Nikon F6 camera mounted on a professional heavy stand. The Kodak Eastman test table set-up was used in combination with Kodak Imagelink HQ film. The test with the Zeiss Planar T* 1.4/85mm ZF resulted into 250 pairs of lines per mm (lp/mm) with an aperture of f/5.6 and even lower (f/2), the Planar T* 1.4/50mm ZF even reach 320 lp/mm with an aperture of f/5.6 to f/2, and 250 lp/mm with f/2.

Carl Zeiss Planar T* 1.4/50 ZF - Price
The first Carl Zeiss ZF lens is the Planar T* 1.4/50 ZF, which, in its Contax RTS version, was rated the world's best fast standard lens by "Popular Photography" in 1999. The Planar T* 1.4/50 ZF will have a consumer price of €499 (excl. VAT) and will be available in spring 2006. The exact date is not set yet!

Carl Zeiss Planar T* 1.4/85 ZF - Availability and Consumer price
The second Carl Zeiss ZF lens, the Planar T* 1.4/85 ZF will also be available around spring 2006. This new ZF lens will have a consumer price of €999 (excl. VAT). Carl Zeiss ZF lenses provide Nikon F-mount cameras with the creative potential and phototechnical performance available so far only in the Contax system.

About Carl Zeiss
Founded as a workshop for precision mechanics and optics in the German city of Jena in 1846, Carl Zeiss is today a global leader in the optical and opto-electronic industries. There are currently more then 14,000 employees in the Group. We have offices in over 30 countries and are represented in more than 100 countries, with production centers in Europe, North America, Central America and Asia. The company's headquarters are located in Oberkochen, Germany, in northeastern Baden-Wuerttemberg. Our most important task, as we see it, is to enable science and technology to go beyond what man can see. "We make it visible", our corporate slogan, and our promise to our customers to open doors that were previously sealed. We are market leaders in the majority of our fields.

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