It’s been two years since Zeiss announced ZX1, a full-frame Android-powered camera. The announcement was followed by a lot of questions, and it looks like all of them will be answered at last, since the Zeiss ZX1 has finally become available for preorders.
Photos have leaked of three new Zeiss Super Prime cine lenses ahead of an official announcement. There isn’t much information on them besides what we can see in the photos, which are the focal lengths, maximum T stop value, and a teeny tiny foot at the bottom for mounting to your tripod, rig or other lens support system.
It’s been a minute since we last heard anything about the Lightroom-powered Zeiss ZX1 camera. Almost a whole year, in fact. It was first announced rather quietly at Photokina 2018 last September followed by a brief hands-on in December, but since then it’s been radio silence.
Now it looks like it might be one step closer to actually being released after support for its DNG files was added to the latest Adobe Camera Raw 12.1 update.
Earlier this year, Zeiss announced the Otus 100mm f/1.4 lens and it was promoted at Anime Fest in Brno (Czech) this May. After the event, the company tweeted a few photos of a model holding the lens, wearing a Disney-inspired Ariel (as in, The Little Mermaid) costume. However, there was such a backlash from the community, that Zeiss had to issue an apology to everyone who found the photos offensive.
Zeiss has just announced the Otus 100mm f/1.4, a manual focus lens for full frame cameras that promises the look and quality of the medium format. This lens joins the 28mm f/1.4, 55mm f/1.4, and the 85mm f/1.4 and just like those, it promises exceptional image quality, and most likely a high price tag to go along.
After nearly two years of legal battle, Nikon, ASML and Carl Zeiss are about to settle all litigations. The companies have signed a Memorandum of Understanding, which will settle of all legal proceedings over patents for lithography equipment and digital cameras. By this agreement, Carl Zeiss and ASML are due to pay Nikon a total of €150 million, or approximately $170 million.
When Zeiss announced the Android-powered ZX1 back in September, It was met with a bit of a mixed reaction, and a lot of questions. No card slots? Why put Lightroom in a camera? Can the screen even be calibrated? How does the CC subscription factor into this? And, is it actually any good?
Well, Zeiss have put out the first video covering the use of the new camera. To do so, they enlisted the help of German freelance photographer Sabrina Weniger, in the streets of Düsseldorf’s Little Tokyo.
A new camera with zero card slots isn’t all that Zeiss has announced at Photokina this year. They’ve also announced the Zeiss Batis 2/40 CF lens, too. It sits in between the Zeiss Batis 2/25 and Batis 1.8/85 lenses in the Zeiss E mount lineup.
The Zeiss Batis lenses were developed specifically for the Sony E mount range of mirrorless cameras. There are five in total now, including this one, covering 18 to 135mm in focal length. As with the rest of the Batis lenses, the 2/40 CF has Zeiss T* coatings and is fully weather sealed.
What is going on? It’s like everybody is jumping into the full frame mirrorless market the last month or so. Nikon, Canon, Panasonic, Sigma, Zenit, and now Zeiss. And while it’s all very exciting, Zeiss’ new ZX1 has one very unique feature. It actually runs Lightroom CC. Oh yes, integrated right into the camera!
Earlier this year, Sigma announced nine Art lenses with native Sony E mount. Jason Vong tested three of them and compared them to native Sony counterparts in terms of sharpness, AF performance for photo and video, and form factor.
Jason visited Anime Expo and shot some videos and stills in this lens shootout, testing the pairs of 35mm f/1.4, 50mm f/1.4, and 85mm f/1.4. Let’s see his impressions and whether or not Sigma Art lenses can outperform their Sony counterparts.