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    Default How likely will Zeiss release zoom lenses for other mounts?

    We see the prime lenses now. How likely will we see the Zeiss zoom lenses in non Sony mount?

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    Quote Originally Posted by ManWearPants View Post
    We see the prime lenses now. How likely will we see the Zeiss zoom lenses in non Sony mount?
    If they make the 24-70 in EF mount, then I will sell my ZE 35f2, 50F1.4 and CY 85 f1.4 and also do not need to wait for the ZE 25f2.8. Infact, if they can just remake the 35-70f3.4 as a ZE MF zoom, 2 touch, I will be more than happy.
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    just curious, is Zeiss ever famous for their zooms? Sorry I don't have experience with MF or RF so sorry if this Q sounds stupid.

    I know Zeiss/Leica are famous for their primes only.
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    Quote Originally Posted by yrh0413 View Post
    just curious, is Zeiss ever famous for their zooms? Sorry I don't have experience with MF or RF so sorry if this Q sounds stupid.

    I know Zeiss/Leica are famous for their primes only.
    Out of the 4 main 24-70 f2.8s, Canon, Nikon, Sigma and Sony Zeiss, the Sony Zeiss 24-70f2.8 is rated the best by many reviewers.
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    I am in for Z 24-70f2.8 in EF mount too.

    Unless Z cut collaboration with Sony, otherwise it is just a dream

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    Default Re: How likely will Zeiss release zoom lenses for other mounts?

    the Contax G series rangefinders had and short zoom (the 35~70mm f/3.5-5.6 Vario-Sonnar) before they stopped production of the camera system ... really nice
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    Default Re: How likely will Zeiss release zoom lenses for other mounts?

    Quote Originally Posted by ManWearPants View Post
    We see the prime lenses now. How likely will we see the Zeiss zoom lenses in non Sony mount?
    Very unlikely as i've attended the zeiss launch organised by shirro in the early march.
    The engineer from germany said, no macro motor is able to drive zeiss manual focus precision as there will be some "play" on the lens.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Anthony Lee View Post
    Out of the 4 main 24-70 f2.8s, Canon, Nikon, Sigma and Sony Zeiss, the Sony Zeiss 24-70f2.8 is rated the best by many reviewers.
    rated best but the difference is splitting hair. worth it?

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    Quote Originally Posted by flipfreak View Post
    rated best but the difference is splitting hair. worth it?
    If it's a fact, whether it's worth it or not, the end user has to decide. IMO, for those who care, yes, but for me, b4 I pay such a hefty sum for Canon's 24-70L, I want to know the alternatives.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Anthony Lee View Post
    If it's a fact, whether it's worth it or not, the end user has to decide. IMO, for those who care, yes, but for me, b4 I pay such a hefty sum for Canon's 24-70L, I want to know the alternatives.
    Of all the 24-70 lenses, the Canon is actually surprisingly bad (based on reviews).
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    Quote Originally Posted by Anthony Lee View Post
    If it's a fact, whether it's worth it or not, the end user has to decide. IMO, for those who care, yes, but for me, b4 I pay such a hefty sum for Canon's 24-70L, I want to know the alternatives.
    sharpness is overrated. i rather spend the time taking better pics than be too obsessed with how sharp the lenses are.
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    Quote Originally Posted by flipfreak View Post
    sharpness is overrated. i rather spend the time taking better pics than be too obsessed with how sharp the lenses are.
    That's exactly the point. Zeiss is never the sharpest, nor the quickest compared to the rest, yet it's the overwelming favorite for the type of photos it can render.
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    Of all the 24-70 lenses, the Canon is actually surprisingly bad (based on reviews).
    it's a pretty old model FYI. An update is expected soon I think... Possibly with IS

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    That's exactly the point. Zeiss is never the sharpest, nor the quickest compared to the rest, yet it's the overwelming favorite for the type of photos it can render.
    Then buy a LEICA 35-70 R

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    Quote Originally Posted by Anthony Lee View Post
    That's exactly the point. Zeiss is never the sharpest, nor the quickest compared to the rest, yet it's the overwelming favorite for the type of photos it can render.
    how much of it is real appreciation of what it can render and how much of it is from blind fanaticism? i wonder.

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    Quote Originally Posted by flipfreak View Post
    how much of it is real appreciation of what it can render and how much of it is from blind fanaticism? i wonder.
    You only wonder, but I have used them extensively, so I don't assume.
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    maybe we should do a blind test.
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    Quote Originally Posted by antacid View Post
    maybe we should do a blind test.
    i think i might flunk the test

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    Figure it would be pretty darned difficult for a blind person to tell the difference.

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    Default Re: How likely will Zeiss release zoom lenses for other mounts?

    Quote Originally Posted by flipfreak View Post
    rated best but the difference is splitting hair. worth it?
    Quote Originally Posted by flipfreak View Post
    sharpness is overrated. i rather spend the time taking better pics than be too obsessed with how sharp the lenses are.
    Quote Originally Posted by flipfreak View Post
    how much of it is real appreciation of what it can render and how much of it is from blind fanaticism? i wonder.
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    maybe we should do a blind test.
    Very interesting discussion there.

    Well, we have:
    Cat A: Leica and CZ
    Cat B: N-F, C-EF, S-CZ
    Cat C: Sg, Tk, Tm

    Well, apart from Optical quality, there are many other attributes of a lens that I would look for. And if the diff between Cat A and Cat B is akin to splitting hair, then, what about the diff between Cat B and Cat C?

    Well, most of my lenses are in Cat C. Except for the Nk 50mmF1.8, which is the cheapest prime lens around.
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