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Carl Zeiss AG is a German company that manufactures optical devices, including photographic lenses.

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How do the Zeiss Batis 18mm f/2.8 and Tokina Firin 20mm f/2.0 AF compare for astrophotography?

I'm trying to choose a lens for astrophotography with Sony A7. Although I choose it for astro, I also want it to function as a normal landscape lens. So I try not to go far wide like Samyang 14mm f/2....
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Does anybody know what these bright curved lines are?

Shot with the Zeiss 35 2.8 on my A7iii. Any input is much appreciated! Also, here is some other shots I did, with some other settings too.
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How do I get the best sharpness from a Zeiss Jena Pancolar MC lens?

I've just ordered a Zeiss Jena Pancolar MC 50mm prime lens, and have been reading up as much as I can about how to get the best quality images from it. It's my intention to use it mainly with 3 ...
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First portrait lens for Sony A7m2 [duplicate]

I want to expand my lens collection with something more suited for portraiture. Currently, my longest lens is SEL55F18Z, which is just great, but some level of distortion kicks in when I shoot close-...
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Zeiss Planar 50mm f/1.7 haze on rear element: disassemble and clean? Recalibration issues?

I recently purchased the notorious Planar 50mm 1.7 at a bargain price, due to its faintly fogged rear element (see attached photos), which my trusted local photographer diagnosed to be an early spread ...
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looking for an adapter between Zeiss Planar (C/Y) & Nikon F Mount good for portraits

I've got the old school Zeiss Planar 50mm 1.4 (C/Y) lens and am trying to get it paired with my Nikon Df. I bought the FotodioX Pro adapter from B&H but it's completely useless. I was told the ...
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What is a Proj.-Tessar lens?

I recently picked up a lens and an estate sale. "Carl Zeiss Jena No907646 proj-tessar 1:4,5 f=13,5cm." The 'proj' prefix led me to believe that it's a projector lens, but I'm not sure what kind of ...
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Why is the Sony 28mm f2 so much cheaper than than Zeiss Distagon 35mm f1.4 - and which is better for night shots?

I currently have a Zeiss 16-35mm f4 lens for ultra-wide shooting. I think this lens is a good all-rounder, hence why I bought it. However, there are two areas that I need to address: 1) the f4 ...
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What is this old Zeiss Tessar lens, with a large mount ring with six holes?

This old Carl Zeiss f/4.5 250mm lens belonged to my father, who said that it was used for some kind of wooden electrostatic-photocopy machine from a document-copying shop that he used to run. Please ...
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Is the Carl Zeiss 16-80mm good enough for night shots?

More specifically.... I am using a Sony a77ii and the 16-80mm Zeiss lens. I have been entertaining the idea of a Sigma 10-20mm 3.5 but am not sure if I need it. What I want is to be able to use the ...
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How can I know if a lens can handle a camera's resolution?

For a fashion photoshoot (it is just a fun group photoshoot but I like to take it seriously!) I am thinking about getting real close for some shots and to take pictures with maybe one eye with great ...
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Got my first vintage lens (Carl Zeiss Jena Pancolar 50mm f/1.8) - what's this lever for?

This was made by the East German incarnation of Carl Zeiss in the 70s. The plastic part to the right is the M42 to E-mount adapter. I'm wondering what the lever in the center of the first image does. ...
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How do the 35mm Zeiss Loxia vs Sony Zeiss Sonnar compare for IQ for landscapes?

How do the Sony Zeiss Sonnar 35mm f/2.8 and Zeiss Loxia 35mm f/2 lenses compare on the Sony a7? (I am interested more with image quality than ergonomics, build quality, price, etc.) I am ...
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Sony a7 raw files converted to DNG won't open in non-Adobe applications

I have accidentally converted some of my RAW files into DNG while importing to Lightroom. Normally this is not a problem as most photo applications open DNGs as well. My issue is that whatever photo I ...
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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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Compensating for Focus Shift?

Some lenses, because of a design that includes uncorrected spherical aberration, shift their plane of focus backwards as the aperture is narrowed. This is most apparent at close focusing distances and ...
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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 : http://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/product/583975-REG/...
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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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Nikon D800E: How does Image Quality compare between PC-E Lenses or Medium Format lenses (via adapter) for Tilt/Shift?

I have a Nikon D800E and want to have shift/tilt. I am mainly focused on having shift, because I want to stitch photos to get broader ratios without cropping. I am considering two options: Nikon PC-...
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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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What is the difference between microcontrast and sharpness?

I keep hearing the internet talk of this micro contrast from the famous Zeiss lenses. What is it? Is it the same as sharpness? And if so, why is it called differently for Zeiss? Does anyone have any ...
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Anyone suggests Zeiss 100mm f2 macro planar?

I seriously consider Zeiss 100mm f2 ZF.2 macro planar for my Nikon D800. I want to use it for portraits, macros and tight landscapes. Macro ability is a plus but it's not weather sealed so there may ...
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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.
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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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Focus shift when stopping down on Zeiss Primes?

I've been reading a lot of lens reviews for prime lenses lately, for 35mm, 50mm, and 85mm lenses. I noticed that Zeiss lenses are made directly in a Canon mount, which has intrigued me. For landscape ...
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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, Distagon,...