Beginning in 1995, consumer electronics giant Sony and high-end optics company ZEISS entered into a partnership that is still going strong. Today on the market you will find Sony, Sony/ZEISS, and ZEISS branded lenses. So what’s the difference between all of these, or are they actually quite similar?
In response to the frequently asked questions by photographers on differences and similarities between these lens product lines, ZEISS has written a blog post laying out the answers. You may be relieved to know that the similarities between product lines appear to be in the design and build quality, and the differences lie more in the production stages, distribution, and after-sale support.
For example, Sony/ZEISS lenses will have been jointly designed and developed, with ZEISS finalizing prototypes and producing test specifications for production. In Sony’s manufacturing facilities across Asia is where the Sony/ZEISS lenses will be made, but ZEISS still isn’t out of the picture. The Sony factories will use ZEISS-created lens testing equipment to perform quality checks on the Sony/ZEISS lenses. According to the blog, ZEISS is responsible for setting the technical and quality standards in which their partners, such as Sony, must follow. ZEISS also regularly audits the production process, management systems, and measuring installations in Sony factories making Sony/ZEISS lenses.
You can check out the full picture of the ZEISS lens production process as well by reading the full post.
[via ZEISS’ Camera Lens Blog]