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Zeiss Officially Announces Loxia Line of Full Frame Mirrorless Lenses

By Anthony Thurston on September 2nd 2014

We told you that they were coming, we even showed you what they would look like, and today, Zeiss made it official by announcing their Loxia line of lenses. As expected, the two lenses are a 50mm F/2 and a 35mm F/2.

This new line of Zeiss Loxia lenses are for full frame mirrorless cameras, and as you well know, for now, that includes just the Sony E-Mount A7 series cameras. So, as expected, these lenses will be initially released only in the Sony FE (Full Frame E) mount. Though the rumors are that if another company releases a full frame mirrorless, these would be ported to that mount as well.

These new Loxia lenses offer some interesting features for users of the Sony A7 series: the ability to automatically engage the magnification feature when you turn the focus ring to help with manual focusing, and a mechanical screw that you can turn to de-click the aperture ring and make the lens more video friendly.

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The refreshing thing about these lenses though, is that despite the fact that they are Zeiss through and through (unlike many other Zeiss branded lenses in the Sony lineup), they are actually very affordable. The new 50mm F/2 comes in at just under $1,000, while the 35mm F/2 at just under $1,300.

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Zeiss Loxia 35mm F/2

The Loxia 50mm F/2 is expected to start shipping in October, while the 35mm F/2 is  expected to start shipping sometime in the 4th quarter of 2014. We don’t have any pre-order links for you quite yet, but we will update the post once they are made available to us.

In the meantime, if you want to learn more about these new Loxia lenses, you can head over to the new Zeiss webpage about them to get all the details.

Anthony Thurston is a photographer based in the Salem, Oregon area specializing in Boudoir. He recently started a new project, Fiercely Boudoir to help support the growing boudoir community. Find him over on Instagram. You may also connect with him via Email.

Q&A Discussions

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  1. Basit Zargar

    Sexy baby

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  2. Dre Rolle

    Zeiss always has the sexiest looking lenses.

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  3. Will Gavillan

    I’m still waiting for 85 and macro. Also, from this pre-order page, it seems there may be 5 lenses announced total once Photokina is through. 5 different keys, 5 different lenses? My guess, 24/2, 85/2 and 100/2/macro to go along with the 2 we already know about.

    http://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/product/1080392-REG/zeiss_2106_716_de_click_key_for_loxia.html

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  4. Austin Swenson

    I think it makes the most sense to price them as they did, at f2 I think that’s still a pretty good low light aperture even though it;s notably not as good as something like f1.4

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  5. Rafael Steffen

    Beautiful work by Zeiss. I can’t wait for some reviews to come out.

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