A few days back we shared the new rumor that Zeiss would be starting a new line of lenses specifically for Sony full frame e-mount, called Loxia. This is important news because it means more native lenses – even if they are just manual focus – for a Sony full frame e-mount ecosystem starved for native glass.
Today, I have a nice update regarding that rumor for you. According to a report over on Sony Alpha Rumors, the first two lenses to be released under this new brand will be a 35mm and a 50mm. At this point, both lenses are expected to have a F/2 aperture.
You can’t really go wrong with 35mm and 50mm prime lenses, especially if your name is Zeiss and you have the reputation. That said, I am sure that many A7 series shooters are probably not too excited about these. I mean Sony already produces the Zeiss branded 55mm, which is a native e-mount and a great performer and popular lens. It seems silly to me that Zeiss would take on itself, essentially, with another 50mm prime (albeit, a probably much more expensive one).
I take no issue with the 35mm choice. It is a popular focal length and will likely be something that many A7 shooters would like to see. I am not sure about stabilization – I would guess not because that is not something Zeiss has done in the past with their in house lenses (At least off the top of my head I can’t think of any. I don’t have a ton of experience with Zeiss).