If you are a Sony NEX or Fuji X camera user today is your lucky day. Carl Zeiss is announcing the arrival of two very exciting lenses: the 12mm f2.8 wide angle lens and the 32mm f1.8 portrait/street photography lens.
If you haven’t had the pleasure of shooting with a Zeiss lens you have no idea what you are missing. The lenses are sharp, smooth and very well made. My guess is that this newest addition will not disappoint.
The 12mm f2.8 lens is available for both the E-mount and the X-mount systems. It has a 99 degree angle of view and makes a perfect lens for landscapes, architecture and those that love wide angle shots. In order to create a lightweight lens, Zeiss has used a combination of materials including a durable plastic, yet the bayonet and parts that require accuracy are made of a rigid metal. The lens has a minimum focusing range of 0.59 ft. The lens is constructed of 11 elements in 8 groups. Sample image are available by clicking here.
The 32mm f1.8 lens is also available for both systems. It has a 48 degree angle of view mimicking that of the human eye and making it a perfect lens for the majority of photographers especially portrait and street shooters. The lens is constructed with the same materials as the 12mm lens making is lightweight — weighing in at only 0.44 lbs. The lens has 8 elements in 5 groups. The lens has a 9 blade iris creating a near perfect circular aperture. The lens is constructed of 11 elements in 8 groups. Sample image are available by clicking here.
The lenses will be available in June. Pricing has yet to be announced.