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Is there a digital body that will let me use analog Zeiss T* MM lenses lenses from a Contax 167MT?

Is there a digital body that will let me use analog Zeiss lenses from a Contax 167MT? They are T* MM lenses. Will all adaptors produce the same focus issues?
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What is the Zeiss Planar T* 50mm lens?

I was looking for a 50mm f/1.4 lens for Canon mount. I was looking at the usual options when I came across this one : ...
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What makes the Zeiss Otus 1.4/55 so special?

The new Zeiss Otus 55mm f/1.4 is nearly $4000. With faster lenses from Canon (50mm f/1.2L) with autofocus, why is the zeiss lens more than twice that of the Canon counterpart?
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Which Zeiss lenses are actually made in Germany?

Recently, I used a Zeiss Makro-Planar T* 2/100 ZE only to find a big "Made in Japan" marking on it. Which of their lenses are made in Germany, and does it matter if it's made there vs. Japan?
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Is there any difference in the glass between Zeiss cine and photo lenses?

I've heard that the Zeiss cine lenses (Compact Primes, Ultra Primes, etc...) are just rehoused ZE/ZF.2 lenses. Are there any differences in the glass between their lenses of same focal length (i.e. ...
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Why are Zeiss lenses heavier and larger for Canon EF than Nikon F mounts?

We recently acquired specifications for all DSLR lenses by Carl Zeiss and almost always the Canon EF-mount version is larger and heavier than the Nikon F-mount version. The difference ranges from ...
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If I mount a (heavy) cine lens on a DSLR, does it need additional support?

I'm shooting some video and I'm renting a Zeiss CP.2 50mm which is a whopping 2 pound lens. I'd like to mount it on a Canon 7D. Will the lens need some sort of additional support apparatus (i.e. the ...
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What are these big Zeiss lenses?

I'm not sure how to ask this other than "What are these big lenses?" One of the comments mentions that they might be Zeiss. I'm not sure how to tell. via http://instagram.com/p/T71mQVRzZX/
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What is the little metal piece attached to the aperture ring in some Zeiss lenses?

What is the little metal piece attached to the aperture ring in some Zeiss lenses? What is its purpose? It is like a little gun sight. See for example the Planar T* 1.4 50 where the "gun sight" is ...
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Why are cine lenses so much more expensive?

For example, compare a cine lens like the Zeiss Compact Prime CP.2 50mm/T2.1 ($3,900) to a high-end DSLR lens like the Canon 50mm f/1.2L ($1418). Both are EF-mount, have the same focal length, and it ...
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Why does Zeiss manufacture only manual focus lenses?

I've heard that Zeiss's quality is very good/great but I'm also curious if it has anything to do with the "manual focus only". I have read this question but it only partly addresses my question. Is ...
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What makes a Carl Zeiss lens so special in a smartphone?

There are smartphones on the market that have a focus towards photography. Some are equipped with a Carl Zeiss lens. I have looked into Wikipedia, which tells me that they are a brand who produces ...
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Lens “family” names - what do they mean and should I care?

Some lens manufacturers have special names for their lens designs/families. Just to name a few: Leica - Summar/Summarit/Summilux, Elmar/Elmarit, Noctilux Carl Zeiss - Planar, Tessar, Sonnar, ...