Carl Zeiss Glass Coming to Fujifilm X and Sony NEX Cameras. Here’s a Peek


Carl Zeiss’ legendary glass is coming to Fuji X and Sony E mount cameras. If you have an X series or NEX mirrorless camera, you’ll soon be able to purchase a 12mm f/2.8, a 32mm f/1.8, or a 50mm f/2.8 macro. In 35mm terms, these lenses are equivalent to 18mm, 48mm, and 75mm lenses, respectively. Here’s a sneak peek at what will soon be arriving for your system.

Although the lenses aren’t even available to photographers yet (the launch will reportedly be sometime next month), Zeiss has already walked away with coveted IFA design awards for them. The jury praised the design of the gear, offering the following remark:

The quality of the production clearly exceeds that of most other products. Impressive precision work. The combination of the two different materials succeeds very well. Sophisticated technology and good ideas led to this convincing result.

Here’s a glimpse at the upcoming 32mm f/1.8:




And a look at the 12mm f/2.8:



sonyalpharumors writes that the prices of these two lenses are rumored to be somewhere in the region of $1,000 and $1,400. All three lenses will feature electronic aperture and autofocus control.

Although Zeiss is making a big push into the world of mirrorless cameras with these new lenses, and although it joined the Micro Four Thirds group back in 2011, 43 Rumors writes that these three lenses will not be launched for MFT cameras. Here’s a statement that Zeiss made back at Photokina last September:

We intend to concentrate initially on the biggest sensor size in this segment which is APS-C. It would be possible for us to make lenses for Micro 4/3-bayonet as well but we have not made a decision on that yet. If current APS-C lenses were also used for the Micro 4/3-bayonet, we wouldn’t be able to achieve the best tradeoff between lens size (weight), and image quality.

43 Rumors writes that another reason may be the simple fact that both the NEX and X mounts don’t have a wide selection of lenses yet, so Zeiss may be aiming for the low-hanging fruit.

(via 43 Rumors and Fuji Rumors)

  • JoeNoName

    that 12mm makes me drool, i think im gonna enter the Nex system really soon with all the endless possibilities it has, i would love to use contax and many other lenses on the same camera, buy buy buy

  • MichaelS

    Why so expensive?
    Fuji can definitely make it better and equal quality.

  • michaelp42

    I was sold on the 12mm before seeing the price.

  • TSY87

    hmmm.. with rumors floating around about a full frame nex… I wonder if these lenses will have any consideration for that possibility.

  • Ítalo Brito

    The 12mm and 32mm are extremely tempting, especially because I have a great appreciation for Zeiss ever since I got my Biogon 2/35. Still, it’s kinda hard to compete with Fuji’s own lenses when they’re so good and cheap, like the 35mm f/1.4.

  • MikeinCalgary

    I own Zeiss lenses for my Nikon and have the XE-1 with the Fiji zoom. I have to say the Fuji lens is amazing. Unless Zeiss gets their price down so it’s close to Fuji, I wouldn’t jump to Zeiss, as much as I like their lenses.

  • gerfa

    meh zeiss suk, overpriced things… i prefer my sony e lens

  • Luke

    What’s the point if the lens is so huge? Looks ridiculous.

  • Sean

    As awesome as these lenses are, I still think it’s a waste of money. I read somewhere that they are not FF compatible…and seeing as the roadmap for these mirrorless cameras are FF sensors, then all your doing is just purchasing expensive lenses which have very limited compatibility.

  • Gary Gumanow

    Hopefully it won’t suffer from aperture blade chatter?

  • Roy

    Can you provide links to said roadmaps and info about their currently available native lenses that are FF compatible?

  • Riley Joseph

    No x mount lens is FF compatible as per the president of Fujifilm. The image circle is too small.