Zeiss Courts Sony Shooters with New E-Mount Lenses

By Greg Scoblete

With the Loxia 2/35 35mm and 2/50 50mm, Zeiss is christening a new lineup of manual focus lenses for full frame, E-mount cameras such as Sony’s A7/7r/7s. 

The new lenses will offer mechanical aperture settings with a maximum aperture of f/2 and the ability to deactivate the click-stop so you’ll be able to pull focus silently during video recording. Both lenses offer a 180 degree angle of rotation on the focus ring so you can be ultra-precise when adjusting focus. 

The lenses feature an electronic interface to send lens data to the camera as well as recognize focus movements to activate the camera’s magnifier function. The 2/50 has a minimum focusing distance of 1.2 feet while the 2/35 can focus on objects as close as 11.8 inches away. 

The all-metal lens barrels have weather sealing at the mounts to protect camera and lens from inclement weather. 

The 2/50 is shipping now for $949 and Zeiss promises the 2/35 for $1,299 by the end of the year.

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