Carl Zeiss ZF lenses for Nikon?

Discussion in 'Nikon' started by cjcampbell, Dec 22, 2005.

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    cjcampbell Guest

    Their web site has been hinting at something of that nature. I guess
    the question I have is, why?
    cjcampbell, Dec 22, 2005
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    Tony Polson Guest

    In early 2006, Carl Zeiss will announce the first in a range of new ZF
    lenses with Nikon F mount and. I believe, AI coupling. The lens range
    is a joint venture between Carl Zeiss and Cosina of Japan.

    Cosina already makes several of the Carl Zeiss ZM range of lenses for
    Leica M mount plus the Zeiss Ikon 35mm rangefinder camera.
    Tony Polson, Dec 22, 2005
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    Andrew Haley Guest

    Are you sure? AI coupling went out with the Ark. It would certainly
    limit the surefulness of these lenses with newer F-mount cameras.

    Andrew Haley, Dec 22, 2005
  4. Newer cameras like the F6, D2X, and the D200?
    Philip Homburg, Dec 22, 2005
  5. "AI coupling went out with the Ark"
    bob crownfield, Dec 22, 2005
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    Tony Polson Guest

    I think you must be confused.

    AI(S) lenses are still being sold *new* by Nikon. The S feature only
    works on a few models and is largely useless anyway.

    Perhaps you are getting confused with the pre-AI Nikon F mount, which
    needed lenses with "ears" to couple to the Photomic meters? They
    became obsolescent when Aperture Indexing (AI) was introduced.
    Tony Polson, Dec 22, 2005
  7. Does not sound very liklely to me, AI indexing is incompatible with the
    metering systems on Nikon's current range of SLRS and DSLRs.
    Nigel Cummings, Dec 22, 2005
  8. s/current range of SLRS and DSLRs/low-budget SLRS and DSLRs/
    Philip Homburg, Dec 22, 2005
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    Andrew Haley Guest

    I doubt it.
    But why not make them CPU lenses? I suppose that Zeiss lenses will
    mostly be used on the high-end cameras that can use AI, but even so it
    seems that using the mechanical coupling on a new lens is an odd thing
    to do. We'll see, I suppose.

    Andrew Haley, Dec 22, 2005
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    Tony Polson Guest

    Nonsense. AI lenses work perfectly on the F100, F5 and F6 and FM3A
    film SLRs. They also work perfectly on all the D1 and D2 series DSLRs,
    plus the new D200.

    They also mount on the consumer SLRs (N80 and below, D70 and D50) but
    the meter does not work.
    Tony Polson, Dec 22, 2005
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    Father Kodak Guest

    Is that because Cosina already has a license from Nikon for the F
    mount? but perhaps not the D or G series lenses.

    Vater Kodak
    Father Kodak, Dec 23, 2005
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    Father Kodak Guest

    Could be a licensing issue. (pure speculation here).
    Hey, it's another opportunity for this guy Roland, the guy who "chips"
    older Nikon lenses.

    Pere Kodak
    Father Kodak, Dec 23, 2005
  13. Precisely the point made in the last sentence "The meter does not work"

    That will limit saleability of such lenses definitively

    Of course there will be 'die hards' who will argue in favour of such
    Nigel Cummings, Dec 23, 2005
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    Jeremy Nixon Guest

    Those look like some pretty expensive lenses; I doubt that D50 owners are
    much of a target market for them.
    Jeremy Nixon, Dec 23, 2005
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    Father Kodak Guest

    I suspect only pro's will buy those lenses, and pro's also tend to
    have older, AI Nikon lenses and camera bodies that will meter with the
    pro's. However, it does limit their usefulness with Nikon flash

    Really? Help me understand who those die hards are, and more
    importantly, WHY they make that argument?

    Sheesh. I stopped using my Weston Master IV meter, oh, 40 years ago.
    Love built-in meters. However II did recently buy a used Pentax
    Spotmeter V [analog, not digital :) ]

    Abba Kodak
    Father Kodak, Dec 23, 2005
  16. A very good and important point.

    Espen Stranger Seland, Dec 27, 2005
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