Carl Zeiss Lens

Carl Zeiss Lens - F Mount For Nikon

ZF is a new range of interchangeable lenses for Nikon SLR cameras, both analog and digital. Carl Zeiss ZF lenses bring the highly acclaimed Carl Zeiss image quality to the Nikon SLR camera system, which has been the preferred equipment of millions of professional and ambitious amateur photographers for decades. ZF lenses can also be used on the Sinar m professional digital camera and a multitude of industrial video cameras.

ZF lenses provide Nikon F-mount cameras with the creative potential and photo-technical performance available so far only in the Contax system. In addition, ZF lenses incorporate new technical advances from the ZEISS Ultra Prime®, Master Prime® and DigiPrime® lenses for motion picture cameras. Results have been seen in feature films like "Lord of the Rings", "Alexander", "King Arthur", "Air Force One", "Collateral", "King Kong" and many commercials and music clips.

Like the Ziess lenses for motion picture, ZF lenses feature unusually high mechanical quality, fixed focal length, very precise manual focussing, reliability, and exceptional durability. Special attention is paid to guarantee absolute color matching throughout the whole range of lenses resulting in state-of-the-art image quality.

CFD: Close Focus Distance from film plane
AOV: Angle of View, diagonal
ZF: F Bayonet Mount For Nikon supported

Lenses for Canon mount are in preparation and will be announced soon.

Compatibility Chart
Nikon Nikkormat, F, F2, F3, EL, FA, FE, FG, FM2/A and FM3A models
Carl Zeiss ZF lenses can be used on these cameras without limitations. The aperture transfer works either with the AI lever or with the shank-coupling.

Nikon F50, F55, F60, F65, F75, F80, F401, D50, D70, D70s, D80, D100, Kodak Pro 14n and Fujifilm FinePix S3 Pro (all without AI lever)
While Carl Zeiss ZF manual-focus lenses can be fitted to these cameras, the cameras will provide no metering to assist exposure. The cameras can be used in manual exposure mode in conjunction with an external exposure meter.

Nikon F70, F90/x, F100, F301, F501, F601, F801, F4, F5, D1, D1X and D1H models
Manual focus Carl Zeiss ZF lenses can be used on the cameras with limitations on exposure modes A (aperture priority) and M (manual). For metering, one can use center-weighted or spot-metering. Note: it may be necessary to activate a custom mode setting in order to use manual focus lenses on some of these cameras. Please check the camera instruction books for further information.

Nikon F6, D200, D2 Series, D300 and D3
By specifying lens data (focal length and maximum aperture)) using the ‘Non-CPU Lenses’ menu option, it is possible to access a variety of CPU lens functions when using a manual focus lens.
If focal length is set in the camera menu:
  • Use Automatic power zoom with attached Speedlights
  • Lens focal length is listed in playback photo info display
  • If maximum aperture is set in the camera menu:
  • Aperture value is displayed in top control panel and viewfinder
  • Flash level is adjusted to changes in aperture
  • Aperture is listed in playback photo info display
  • If focal length and maximum aperture is set:
  • Enables color matrix metering
  • Improves precision of center weighted and spot metering, i-TTL balanced fill-flash for digital SLR
  • Multi-sensor balanced fill flash
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