ZEISS Officially Announces Loxia Line of Lenses for Full-Frame E-Mount Cameras


After a week packed with photo and info leaks about this mysterious line of lenses, ZEISS officially pulled the cover off of its Loxia line of manual focus lenses for the Sony full-frame E-Mount a7, a7R and a7S cameras.

“Tradition meets modernity,” that’s how Christophe Casenave, Product Manager with ZEISS Camera Lenses, describes the new Loxia line… and that’s not a bad way of putting it.

On the ‘tradition’ side is the ability to work entirely in ‘manual,’ using the markings on the sturdy, weather-sealed, metal lens barrel to set your focus and aperture as you would like. There’s even a provided tool you can use to mechanically ‘de-click’ the aperture for filmmaking purposes.

On the ‘modern’ side of things is the fact that these lenses were designed to work with the digital sensors and electronic viewfinders found in Sony’s a7, a7R and a7S. An electronic interface sends lens EXIF data to the camera, and recognizes focus movements so you can use the camera’s magnifier function.


“These lenses have been designed for photographers who enjoy shooting spontaneous scenes,” says Casenave in a ZEISS blog post, “but without giving away the work of composing the image to the camera.”

As of today, there are two Loxia options for Sony FE users who want to get in on the ZEISS action: a 35mm f/2 and a 50mm f/2. The 50mm will be available worldwide in October for $950 USD, while the 35mm will arrive at the end of the fourth quarter (in time for Christmas?) for $1,300 USD.

For more detailed info on the lenses, or if you’d like to see sample images taken with both options, head over to the ZEISS blog by clicking here.

  • Patrick

    I guess someone forgot to tell Zeiss they already have both 35mm and 55mm FE lenses on the market. No idea why anyone would buy these.

  • whisky

    anyone else hope to see Sony Loxia lenses at Sardinia prices? :)

  • Victor Trasvina

    I kinda felt the same way when the announced the Toiut line for Fujifilm and Sony but this is a different monster altogether, Fuji makes excellent glass on par if not better than it’s Canon,Nikon, Micro Fourth Thirds counterparts, Sony ? Well … Let’s just say sensors are their forte

  • ChrisHarrisionPhoto

    The current FE 35 and 55 are not far off being class leading (the FE55 in particular is pretty much as good as it gets), so your point seems a little odd.

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  • TSY87

    I agree, the 55 1.8 is a very impressive piece of glass. That said, I wish they would have came out with something faster and wider.
    The 35 2.8 FE is still a very sharp lens, but the speed is what kills me.
    We want FAST WIDE GLASS!!!

  • Simon Velazquez

    Still waiting for a fast ultra-wide…

  • Spiny Norman

    The obsession with big apertures is largely about gear fetishism, not about photography.

    A vast number of the most important images in the history of photography were taken with 35 and 50 mm f/2 (or equivalent) lenses. And most of those iconic images were not shot wide open. Another stop is really not that big a deal, especially on cameras with the ISO capabilities of the modern FF sensors.

  • ms

    If you can get a good copy. Horrible sample variation reported on these lenses with many decentered on arrival. Hopefully the Loxia have better build quality.

  • Richard Ford

    35 and 50? So basically the same lenses then? And the same as Sony. Why not a 28 and a 50? A 35 can do double duty as a 50. A 35 can’t act like a 28. :-(

  • Kelly Padgett

    Why not something with a reasonable price.

  • James Croak

    35mm F2 !? How about F1.4? And whats up with the cheap manual focus? Rokinon already has a manual FE F1.4 35mm for a third of the price. Until this glass/flash problem get straightened out there is precious little reason to buy an FE mount. Sigma announced they will not retask their lenses for it because Sony is not committed to it.

  • Victor Trasvina

    Two lenses don’t necessarily make a system, Sony has only 2 decent lenses for like 30 camera bodies they released that past 3 years, and say what you will about Ziess prices but their lenses are optically outstanding, so my point is Sony has never shown the level of commitment that Fuji has invested to developing Glass (the strength of the system itself as bodies are disposable) so having Zeiss producing glass for it might allure people that were hesitant to invest into a A7 system due to the lack of lenses, I really like Sony and I love how they keep on pushing the envelop forward its just their lack of interest on lens development that kills it for me

  • Victor Trasvina

    Thats a good point too ! The quality control leaves a lot to be desired, but I guess you could make the same argument about Nikon and Fuji lately

  • Victor Trasvina

    My point precisely ! The A7 its a great camera, the A6000 its another home run, its their lack of commitment to glass that keeps ppl like me on the fence …

  • ms

    I think they are focusing on making GOOD lenses, not FAST lenses. A modern 1.4 lens that is designed to be as near optically perfect as it can is going to be much larger…just look at the Otus. You can’t even put Rokinon in the same sentence. I feel like companies like this target amateur bokeh queens. I’ll take a good lens anyday.

  • ed leskin

    I agree. I rented the Zeiss 35mm f2.8 E mount for my A7r, and am blown away. This is coming from a man that has shot Leica for 25 years!