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Zeiss ZF 35mm f/2.0 for Nikon revealed  
Friday, September 8, 2006 | by Eamon Hickey

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Sneak Peek: A Popular Photography column offers what is probably an unintended sneak peek at an upcoming Zeiss 35mm f/2.0 ZF series lens.

A picture of a previously unannounced 35mm f/2.0 lens in the Zeiss ZF lens lineup for Nikon SLR cameras has been published, seemingly as an afterthought, in a blog posting by PopPhoto.com's Herb Keppler.

The lens presumably will soon officially join the already available 50mm f/1.4 and 85mm f/1.4 ZF lenses -- at or shortly before the upcoming Photokina show later this month seems like a reasonable guess. It's also a fairly safe bet that a ZS version of the 35mm f/2.0 will be introduced as well, which may be of interest to Canon digital SLR shooters looking to adapt the new lens to their camera.

No information is given on it, except the bare facts of its focal length and maximum aperture. In fact, in a kind of perplexing but charmingly offhand way, it's simply shown alongside a ZM 35mm f/2.0, which is made for the Zeiss Ikon film rangefinder camera, to illustrate the comparative compactness of wide-angle rangefinder optics in a question-and-answer article with Zeiss's Dr. Winfried Scherle, Vice-President and general manager in the Camera Lens Division, in which Dr. Scherle makes a number of strong claims about the superiority, in certain ways, of rangefinders over SLRs, and of film over digital.

Dr. Scherle also offers some information of interest to those of us who actually like digital, and also prefer small cameras. At Zeiss, he says, they "can imagine" a digital version of the Zeiss Ikon rangefinder, but he implies that they don't have any current plans to produce one.

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