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posted by - Wednesday, 08 September 2010

Today Zeiss announced two big updates to their CP.2 line of lenses. The first is their addition of two new mounting options: the Micro 4/3 mount, which is found on the Panasonic GH-1 (as well as their upcoming AF100); and the A-mount (Sony Alpha), found on Sony’s new NEX line of cameras and possibly on future Sony professional cameras as well. These new mounts will be available along with the existing PL, Canon EF and F-mount options.

In addition, Zeiss is complimenting the seven CP.2 focal lengths already available with their CP.2 50mm/T2.1 Makro and CP.2 100mm/T2.1 CF. Featuring a 134mm front diameter and a 132mm length front-to-back, it’s hard to really call the CP.2 50mm Makro a “compact” prime. But the lens shares all of the same excellent design and construction elements of the series, including interchangeable PL, F, and Canon EF mounts, as well as an incredibly low weight — about 2.5 pounds. We put it up on our projector and the lens looks great, with a nice flat field, even brightness, and almost no flaring or chromatic aberration. Most importantly, it is a macro (magnification ratio 1:2), the only PL mount macro available at this wide a focal length. Watch the video above for more on this unique new lens and read Zeiss’s full press release here.

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