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Carl Zeiss AG is a German manufacturer of optical systems and optoelectronics founded in 1846. ZEISS's activities span from semiconductor lithography, microscopes, and medical devices to eyeglasses, binoculars, telescopes, and camera lenses. It is one of the oldest existing optics manufacturers in the world.

History

Carl Zeiss opened an optics workshop in 1846 to manufacture microscopes. By World War I, Zeiss was the world's largest camera producer. Zeiss started producing binoculars and riflescopes after its acquisition of Hensoldt AG in 1928.
As Zeiss's factories in Jena and Dresden were inside the Soviet occupation zone, parts of Zeiss was relocated by the US army to West Germany and soon renamed Carl Zeiss AG, while the remainder was reestablished in East Germany. The Soviet army took possession of Zeiss factories and tooling back to the Soviet Union and established the Kiev camera works.
Following German reunification, Carl Zeiss AG took over part of the Zeiss operations in East Germany.

Product Lineup

Zeiss is a leader in semiconductor lithography, high performance optical microscopes as well as electron and ion microscopes, telesceopes, and photographic and cinematic lenses.
To consumers, it is best known for its cinema and photography lenses, of which it offers several series:
  • Milvus: full-frame manual focus lenses for Canon EF-mount and Nikon F-mount
  • Otus: high-end full-frame manual focus lenses for Canon EF-mount and Nikon F-mount
  • Batis: full-frame autofocus lenses for Sony E-mount
  • Loxia: full-frame manual focus lenses for Sony E-mount
  • Touit: APS-C autofocus lenses for Sony E-mount
  • ZM: full-frame manual focus rangefinder lenses for Leica M-mount

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Thumbnail of product Zeiss Planar T* 1.4/85 Full-Frame Lens

Zeiss Planar T* 1.4/85 Full-Frame Lens

Zeiss Planar T* 1.4/85 is a large-aperture manual-focus short telephoto prime lens for Canon EF-mount, Nikon F-mount, and Pentax K-mount. It covers the full-frame image circle and has 6 elements in 5 groups. Manual focus may be limiting to some, but pu...
Neoscore 93%NEX score 80%
Thumbnail of product Zeiss Planar T* 1.4/50 Full-Frame Lens

Zeiss Planar T* 1.4/50 Full-Frame Lens

Zeiss Planar T* 1.4/50 is a large-aperture manual-focus normal prime lens for Canon EF-mount, Nikon F-mount, and Pentax K-mount. It covers the full-frame image circle and has 7 elements in 6 groups. Manual focus may be limiting to some, but purists wil...
Neoscore 78%NEX score 81%
Thumbnail of product Zeiss Planar T* 2/50 ZM Full-Frame Lens

Zeiss Planar T* 2/50 ZM Full-Frame Lens

Zeiss Planar T* 2/50 ZM is a high-end manual-focus normal prime lens for Leica M-mount. It covers the full-frame image circle and has 6 elements in 4 groups. Unfortunately, Zeiss has opted to omit weather sealing for this lens, so owners should pay ext...
Neoscore 78%
Thumbnail of product Zeiss C Sonnar T* 1.5/50 ZM Full-Frame Lens

Zeiss C Sonnar T* 1.5/50 ZM Full-Frame Lens

Zeiss C Sonnar T* 1.5/50 ZM is a high-end large-aperture manual-focus normal prime lens for Leica M-mount. It covers the full-frame image circle and has 6 elements in 4 groups. A normal prime lens, the Carl Zeiss C Sonnar T* 1,5/50 ZM has the potential...
Neoscore 86%
Thumbnail of product Zeiss C Biogon T* 2.8/35 ZM Full-Frame Lens

Zeiss C Biogon T* 2.8/35 ZM Full-Frame Lens

Zeiss C Biogon T* 2,8/35 ZM is a high-end manual-focus wide-angle prime lens for Leica M-mount. It covers the full-frame image circle and has 7 elements in 5 groups. As a wide-angle prime lens that happens to have relatively small maximum aperture, it ...
Neoscore 78%
Thumbnail of product Zeiss Biogon T* 2/35 ZM Full-Frame Lens

Zeiss Biogon T* 2/35 ZM Full-Frame Lens

Zeiss Biogon T* 2/35 ZM is a high-end manual-focus wide-angle prime lens for Leica M-mount. It covers the full-frame image circle and has 9 elements in 6 groups. As a wide-angle prime lens that happens to have relatively small maximum aperture, it is b...
Neoscore 86%

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