New Zeiss Loxia 50mm and 35mm Lenses Announced

New Zeiss Loxia 50mm and 35mm Lenses Announced

A new line of manual-focus lenses, designated with the Loxia title, have been announced by Zeiss. The initial compact lenses to be released later this year, a 50mm f/2 and a 35mm f/2, are crafted specifically for Sony’s E-mount full-frame α7 cameras. Christophe Casenave, product manager at Zeiss, says there is “growing desire for a digital manual-focus experience” on Sony Alpha 7/7R/7S cameras and that the Loxia line is “ready to exceed those expectations.”

Sony A7R outfitted with the new Zeiss Loxia 2/35 lens

Sony A7R outfitted with the new Zeiss Loxia 2/35 lens.

The Loxia line is an updated take on the classic manual-focus designs of the past. Optimized for mirrorless digital sensors, these new lenses feature an electronic interface that can transmit EXIF lens data, as well as focus movements and the ability to activate the camera’s magnifier function.

Zeiss Loxia lenses have been designed with a manual aperture control ring built-in to the lens. One also has the ability to mechanically deactivate the aperture click stops (de-click) by using a special key tool, which is perfect for avid moviemakers who need to seamlessly adjust the aperture while recording.

Zeiss Loxia lenses can be mechanically de-clicked to allow for smooth aperture changes

Zeiss Loxia lenses can be mechanically de-clicked to allow for smooth aperture changes.

The Loxia 50mm is available for pre-order and expected to be released worldwide starting October 2014 with a recommended retail price of $949.00 USD. The Loxia 35mm is also available for pre-order and can be expected at the end of December 2014 carrying a price tag of $1,299.00 USD. See below for more details.

 

Loxia 2/50 Technical Specifications

Zeiss Loxia 2/50 lens

Zeiss Loxia 2/50 lens.

Focal length 50 mm
Aperture range f/2.0 – f/22
Focusing range 0.45 m - ∞
Number of elements/groups 6 / 4
Angular field, diag./horiz./vert. 46.78° / 39.38° / 26.70°
Coverage at close range 250.1 mm x 168.3 mm
Filter thread M52 x 0.75
Dimensions (with caps) 66.2 mm
Diameter of focusing ring 62.1 mm
Weight 320 g
Camera mounts E-Mount
 

Loxia 2/35 Technical Specifications

Zeiss Loxia 2/35 lens

Zeiss Loxia 2/35 lens.

Focal length 35 mm
Aperture range f/2.0 – f/22
Focusing range 0.30 m - ∞
Number of elements/groups 9 / 6
Angular field, diag./horiz./vert. 63.02° / 54.06° / 37.57°
Coverage at close range 210.2 mm x 139.4 mm
Filter thread M52 x 0.75
Dimensions (with caps) 66.0 mm
Diameter of focusing ring 62.1 mm
Weight 340 g
Camera mounts E-Mount
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5 Comments

Farreno Ferguson's picture

The 'De Click' feature is an awesome add!

Major W. Latimer's picture

I thought the same thing. I have a bunch of Nikkor lenses I have "de-clicked" and it's quite a process to make this happen. I can imagine this is a smart feature more lenses makers might think about adopting as more and more photographers are also moonlighting as videographers. Smart design by Zeiss.

Jason Vinson's picture

why buy this when there is a 55 Zeiss f1.8 with AF?

Ryan Mense's picture

This 50mm has an aperture ring and can be de-clicked, a tremendous advantage for video shooters over the 55mm which doesn't have mechanical control at all. The manual focus ring on this lens spins a full 180 degrees that allows for precise focusing, great for the shooters who seek these types of lenses over autofocus ones. Similar lenses in passing, but I think they are geared for different audiences.

Chris Blair's picture

Interesting, that Declicked function is pretty cool, wonder if we will see more of that in future lenses. I'll stick with my Roks for now, but I like where things are going.