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Zeiss 70-200 f/2.8 Coming to Canon for NAB 2012?
« on: March 19, 2012, 09:16:24 AM »
Zeiss 70-200 f/2.8 ZE Mount Zeiss is rumored to be announcing a 70-200 f/2.8 at NAB in Las Vegas next month. This would be the first zoom lens Zeiss has produced for the ZE and ZF mounts.

Expect Zeiss to also announce new Cine CP.2 lenses at NAB.

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Zeiss 70-200 f/2.8 Coming to Canon for NAB 2012?
« on: March 19, 2012, 09:16:24 AM »

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Re: Zeiss 70-200 f/2.8 Coming to Canon for NAB 2012?
« Reply #1 on: March 19, 2012, 09:31:19 AM »
Woah, what an image.

Is it correct that Zeiss lenses only focus manually? It'll be interesting to see the image quality on a Zeiss zoom lens.

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Re: Zeiss 70-200 f/2.8 Coming to Canon for NAB 2012?
« Reply #2 on: March 19, 2012, 09:42:44 AM »
Woah, what an image.

Is it correct that Zeiss lenses only focus manually? It'll be interesting to see the image quality on a Zeiss zoom lens.
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Re: Zeiss 70-200 f/2.8 Coming to Canon for NAB 2012?
« Reply #3 on: March 19, 2012, 09:43:29 AM »
The Canon version is so sharp and perfect I really doubt this can better it.  Even if it is Zeiss.  Might be alright for Nikon folk though!

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Re: Zeiss 70-200 f/2.8 Coming to Canon for NAB 2012?
« Reply #4 on: March 19, 2012, 09:44:50 AM »
Woah, what an image.

Is it correct that Zeiss lenses only focus manually? It'll be interesting to see the image quality on a Zeiss zoom lens.

I couldn't imagine Zeiss would start adding AF for Canon now (but it'd be nice).

This particular lens might make a few MF converts out of some of us though if it's typical IQ . .  .

I guess that also depends if it's priced at the same point as other lenses and we can get away with a small mortgage on a 2-bedroom home or if it'll be bumped up to a 3BR-3Bath situation  ;D
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Re: Zeiss 70-200 f/2.8 Coming to Canon for NAB 2012?
« Reply #5 on: March 19, 2012, 09:47:12 AM »
Where did the product mock up come from?

I hope it has AF. MF prime is one thing but a MF zoom is another.
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Re: Zeiss 70-200 f/2.8 Coming to Canon for NAB 2012?
« Reply #6 on: March 19, 2012, 10:38:45 AM »
I hope it has AF. MF prime is one thing but a MF zoom is another.

+1, with AF this would be an amazing lenses indeed! 
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Re: Zeiss 70-200 f/2.8 Coming to Canon for NAB 2012?
« Reply #6 on: March 19, 2012, 10:38:45 AM »

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« Reply #7 on: March 19, 2012, 10:41:46 AM »
The Canon version is so sharp and perfect I really doubt this can better it.  Even if it is Zeiss.  Might be alright for Nikon folk though!

Possibly Zeiss is aiming at cinematographers, say by making it parfocal?

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Re: Zeiss 70-200 f/2.8 Coming to Canon for NAB 2012?
« Reply #8 on: March 19, 2012, 10:42:16 AM »
Where did the product mock up come from?

I hope it has AF. MF prime is one thing but a MF zoom is another.

You mean, MF wide-angle is one thing but a MF telephoto is another - anyway, I get your point ;-)

Seriously though, 70-200mm is a great focal-length range for many portrait 'togs. For these Guys, AF is very handy if you're using shallow DOF and/or zooming at the longish end. I'd be a bit surprised if it doesn't have AF, even though that would be a first for Zeiss.

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« Reply #9 on: March 19, 2012, 10:42:29 AM »
I'm sorry if any Zeiss fans find my opinion insulting, but to me this looks like yet another solution to a non-existing problem - at least as far as Canon cameras are concerned.  I am not even going to consider the possibility that this would be a Tamron/Tokina "cheap" alternative - this is Zeiss, after all - so the only way to market this lens would be on the basis of quality.

Now, the Canon 70-200 f/2.8 IS II is good.  Really, really good - so good in fact that a "better" lens would probably not produce any meaningful improvements for most users - so why should anyone want this lens - for the "snob" factor, yes, but what else?

Then there is the issue of IS and AF - sure, a MF lens like the 15mm one may be just fine, but for a zoom?  This lens would need AF to be competitive - otherwise it would just be a way for people to show that have more money than common sense.

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« Reply #10 on: March 19, 2012, 10:46:02 AM »
Where did the product mock up come from?

I hope it has AF. MF prime is one thing but a MF zoom is another.

Yeah, the type of person who will reach for a 70-200 is probably not shooting something that can be manually focused.  Unfortunately that would open up all of the "my 3rd party lens does not focus correctly" forum posts.  Which I would think is one of the reasons Zeiss has stayed away from AF in anything but sony.  Looking at the price of the new Zeiss 15mm f2.8 I would guess a 70-200 f2.8 would be double Canon's or Nikon's offerings. 

Though looking at the excellent build quality and IQ of my Zeiss lenses it would probably be a magnificent lens.

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Re: Zeiss 70-200 f/2.8 Coming to Canon for NAB 2012?
« Reply #11 on: March 19, 2012, 10:48:42 AM »
It seems it will be a cine lens, no?

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« Reply #12 on: March 19, 2012, 11:17:06 AM »
This story is badly worded on this website. Given the attached picture (if that is of the new 70-200 Zeiss) then it is quite clear (from the distance markings on the lens) that it will be a cine lens.

The story blurb says:
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Zeiss is rumored to be announcing a 70-200 f/2.8 at NAB in Las Vegas next month. This would be the first zoom lens Zeiss has produced for the ZE and ZF mounts.

Expect Zeiss to also announce new Cine CP.2 lenses at NAB.

What it should say is this:

"Zeiss is rumored to be announcing a 70-200 f/2.8 cine lens at NAB in Las Vegas next month. This would be the first zoom cine lens Zeiss has produced for the ZE and ZF mounts.

"Expect Zeiss to also announce two other new Cine CP.2 lenses at NAB."


That makes a whole lot more sense.   In this case it looks like it would be a winner. 

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« Reply #12 on: March 19, 2012, 11:17:06 AM »

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Re: Zeiss 70-200 f/2.8 Coming to Canon for NAB 2012?
« Reply #13 on: March 19, 2012, 02:01:12 PM »
The Canon version is so sharp and perfect I really doubt this can better it.  Even if it is Zeiss.  Might be alright for Nikon folk though!
Um, what?  I know this is a Canon forum so probably most here just don't care one way or another, but:

http://www.slrgear.com/reviews/showproduct.php/product/1316/cat/11 (Canon 70-200 mk2)
http://www.slrgear.com/reviews/showproduct.php/product/1280/cat/13 (Nikon 70-200 mk2)

I'm just sayin'...  Not that one is better than the other, but that both are pretty dang near flawless, (at least at 12 megapixels) ...and that Zeiss will have to look elsewhere besides sheer resolution to impress any who already own either of these two lenses.  Which from the discussion relating to cinematography, does seem to be the case.

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Re: Zeiss 70-200 f/2.8 Coming to Canon for NAB 2012?
« Reply #14 on: March 19, 2012, 03:37:48 PM »
Where did the product mock up come from?

I hope it has AF. MF prime is one thing but a MF zoom is another.


I agree. Having to deal with both Zoom and Focus at the same time would be a nightmare when you're out shooting moving subjects. I assume this would be at a price point that only professionals or people with last names like Bush or Rockefeller could afford.
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Re: Zeiss 70-200 f/2.8 Coming to Canon for NAB 2012?
« Reply #14 on: March 19, 2012, 03:37:48 PM »