Carl Zeiss ZF Lenses for Nikon SLR Cameras

January 18, 2006 | Mark Goldstein | Lenses | 7 Comments | |

Carl Zeiss ZF LensesCarl Zeiss have announced a new range of lenses for the Nikon F mount, after weeks of teaser campaigns on their website, and numerous leaks elsewhere on the web. First up is the Planar T* 1,4/50 ZF lens, followed by the Planar T* 1,4/85 ZF, both to be released in “Spring 2006”. The Planar T* 1.4/50 ZF will cost 499.00 EUR and the Planar T* 1.4/85 ZF 999.00 EUR (excluding VAT). Several more Zeiss ZF lenses will be introduced during 2006.

Carl Zeiss AG Press Release

Carl Zeiss AG of Oberkochen, Germany is about to introduce ZF, a new range of interchangeable lenses for Nikon SLR cameras, both analog and digital. ZF lenses bring the highly acclaimed Carl Zeiss image quality to the Nikon SLR camera system, which has been the preferred equipment of millions of professional and ambitious amateur photographers for decades. ZF lenses can also be used on the Sinar m professional digital camera and a multitude of industrial video cameras.

ZF lenses provide Nikon F-mount cameras with the creative potential and phototechnical performance available so far only in the Contax system. In addition, ZF lenses incorporate new technical advances from the ZEISS Ultra Prime®, Master Prime® and DigiPrime® lenses for motion picture cameras. Results have been seen in feature films like “Lord of the Rings”, “Alexander”, “King Arthur”, “Air Force One”, “Collateral”, “King Kong” and many commercials and music clips.

Like the ZEISS lenses for motion picture, ZF lenses feature unusually high mechanical quality, fixed focal length, very precise manual focussing, reliability, and exceptional durability. Special attention is paid to guarantee absolute color matching throughout the whole range of lenses resulting in state-of-the-art image quality.

The first ZF lens will be 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. It will be followed by the Planar T* 1,4/85 ZF, which in its Contax RTS version became known as a great portrait lens and story-teller.

Both lenses will become available in spring 2006. The Pricing will be suitable competitive with similar items in the Nikon F-system. Several more ZF lenses will be introduced during 2006.

With the introduction of ZF lenses, Carl Zeiss will set up a new international distribution network and will announce information on availability of the ZF lenses at

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Carl Zeiss ZF Lenses

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#1 azi

I believe Zeiss have done something very clever with these lenses from a marketing point of view. Imagine if Leica followed suit and released their lens range for different camera mounts? going the same route as Zeiss makes more sense than developing something like DMR, which seems like a white elephant.

12:34 pm - Wednesday, January 18, 2006

#2 bob

Silly azi, Leica lenses *are* Zeiss lenses!

9:19 am - Monday, January 23, 2006

#3 Stan

No, Leica lenses are their own. Zeiss and Leica are quite different.

8:56 am - Sunday, February 5, 2006

#4 nick in japan

Sounds racist to me, we all know they are all in bed together, Leicasonic, Panaleica... German names, made in Japan and Korea by chinese slave labor, exported to Taiwan for assembly. Promos filmed in a small room with German scientists working dilligently to ensure we are getting only the best money can buy! It's all bling!
The proof is in comparison tests that reputable organizations make, trusting an adverisement, or a name, is moronic.
It's like buying a Harley because it's all American, NOT!!!!

10:22 am - Sunday, February 5, 2006

#5 Dennis Mansour

are these lenses available for canon 20D?
How can I purchase these lenses? How do they compare to Leica lenses and Voightlander lenses? thank you, dennis

3:00 pm - Wednesday, May 3, 2006

#6 iperfocale

Nikon d200 with ZF Planar 50mm f/1.4 T* :

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11:42 am - Thursday, June 1, 2006

#7 Doug

I got my 50mm today and did some basic tests against my 60 Nikkor f 2.8 a fine lens in its own right.

Nikon D200 RAW files did not even 100% to see the remarkable differences the CZ brought to the table. I am sold it was a good buy and will be a much used lens in my bags.

3:17 am - Saturday, June 3, 2006