"Auto focus is for dummies! Real photographers use manual focus!" Is that a blast from the past from the long-forgotten debate of the autofocus emergence era or a justification to pay top dollar to get these new lenses? We blog, you decide!
That was a roundabout intro to this new lens announcement from Carl Zeiss, the 18mm f3.5 super-wide lens, coming in Nikon (ZF) and Pentax (ZK) mount flavors. The price is for the brave of wallet, it will cost almost $1500, but fear not, you get a standard shade included :)
Details and Coverage on the net
- Zeiss USA press release at Photography Review.
- Thoughts and discussions at The Online Photographer
- Directly from the source, at Zeiss.com. There you will find the user manual (PDF file), image brochure, product flyer, details and a sample full-size picture at the press page (page down), taken at Expedition GeForce, Holiday Park Hassloch in Germany.
- Lens added to Thom Hogan's Zeiss4Nikon lens database.
- More press releases at Imaging Resource and Camera Town
Reactions to the lens
Canon users are trooling (talking+drooling), while Nikons users are drooling over this lens. Some of them anyway :)
And of course the rumor-mongering is fueled by such an announcement, hypothetically matching this lens with the alleged Nikon D700.