Camera lens maker Carl Zeiss has introduced the new ZF.2 series of lenses for digital SLRs, upgrading eight of its F-bayonet lenses by adding an electronic interface (CPU). The upgrade allows full support of automatic exposure modes and the inclusion of lens-related data to EXIF.
The company said the CPU also supports manual exposure settings, including those for camera casings that are not AI-compatible. Since the lens now transmits the EXIF data such as manufacturer, date, metering system and exposure to the camera, photographers no longer need to set the parameters manually. These quicker and faster handling capabilities of the ZF.2 lenses are especially useful under hectic shooting conditions, according to the Carl Zeiss.
The ZF.2 lenses are available in eight focal lengths, six of which will be available from the end of November: 3,5/18, 2,8/21, 2/35, 1,4/50, 2/50 and 1,4/85. The Distagon T* 2/28 ZF.2 and macro Planar T* 2/100 ZF.2 will be introduced in Spring 2010.
The new lenses will be priced between $725 and $1843.