Tuesday, December 10, 2013
Solutions: Prime Options For Mirrorless
Zeiss Touit lenses for Sony and Fujifilm mirrorless APS-C cameras are fast, sharp and rugged tools
Regular readers of OP will know that we love mirrorless cameras, except for the name "mirrorless" (see "In This Issue" in the November 2013 issue). As a class, mirrorless cameras have everything most of us want—large, high-resolution image sensors, powerful onboard image processors, a compact design that makes them good traveling companions and the ability to shoot RAW files for maximum control over the images.
As mirrorless cameras expand their foothold, lens manufacturers have started developing models. This is excellent news for photographers. It means that not only are mirrorless mounts being seen as here to stay, but there's more choices of focal lengths. Participation from these independent lens makers is so important because it means other perspectives on the market are entering the fray. A camera maker might make a decision that some focal lengths or lens types only have a small demand and it's not worth their time to develop and manufacture a lens at that scale. On the other hand, an independent lens maker might find that size demand to be an excellent opportunity. The upshot for us as photographers is that we get more niche focal lengths and more options overall.
In creating these lenses, Zeiss wasn't out to make ordinary run-of-the-mill optics. Both lenses have nine-blade irises, which, when combined with the ƒ/2.8 and ƒ/1.8 maximum apertures, respectively, give you the ability to create beautiful, smooth bokeh effects. Of course, the fast maximum apertures give you low-light shooting opportunities, too. Each lens also has the Zeiss T* multicoatings for maximum light transmission, edge-to-edge sharpness and even exposure. These are high-end lenses for serious photographers. Estimated Street Price: $999 (12mm); $720 (32mm).
Contact: Zeiss, lenses.zeiss.com.
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