Zeiss Announces 3 New Interlock Industrial Large Format Lenses

ZEISS Interlock industrial lenses

You may have missed this, but Zeiss announced three new Industrial large format lenses this week. The new super wide-angle Interlock 2.8/21, Interlock 2/50, and Interlock 2/100 macro lenses are meant for industrial uses and will come in a Nikon F or M42x1 mount.

“All ZEISS Interlock industrial lenses feature an improved fixture for focus and aperture which is also reflected in the new name: ZEISS Interlock,” says Till W. Bleibaum, Product Manager for Industrial Lenses at ZEISS Camera Lenses. “The additional optimization of the lens coating further reduces ghosting and flare effects in critical light situations.”

The three new lenses are meant to replace their Distagon T* 2.8/21, Makro-Planar T* 2/50 and Makro-Planar T* 2/100. Zeiss specifically notes that these lenses are not intended for general photography, and are likely not going to be easily accessible to your average photographer. That said, these could be used on any Nikon DSLR or most mirrorless cameras with an adapter if you wanted to play with them (though I don’t see any real benefit other than for the heck of it). They also might be attractive to you if you happen to have a large format film camera that you like to shoot every now and then.

The new Interlock series lenses will go on sale July 1st, and will be available through established Zeiss Industrial lens partners. Prices for the Interlock 2.8/21, Interlock 2/50, and Interlock 2/100 lenses was not announced, but one would assume that when they go on sale tomorrow the pricing will be apparent.

The full announcement can be found here, and more information is supposed to be available here (though the page appears to be dead right now, maybe check back tomorrow once the lenses are available)


Three Reasons Why 135mm is the Perfect Portrait Focal Length

Chris Gampat The Phoblographer Rokinon 135mm f2 review product photos (6 of 6)ISO 4001-125 sec at f - 2.5

“Hey guys, this is Justin, Chris’s Kickstarter campaign manager. I wanted to write and say that if the Phoblographer has ever helped you with your photography, please consider donating to our Kickstarter for La Noir Image–now with both iOS and Android support!. Thank you, guys, you are the best.”

While 50mm and 85mm lenses tend to be very popular for portrait photographers, something that’s a bit longer can offer arguably better image quality: the 135mm lens. Now, we’re not talking about the 135mm field of view, but instead about the focal length properly. There are a number of reasons why 135mm is such a magical number here but there are also some that don’t work as well. Mainly, you might not use a 135mm focal length if you’re working with a small studio, a confined space or if you want to be physically closer to your subject for better communications.

But here are the loads of reasons why they’re awesome.

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Letters to the Editor: A Lens for Still Life and Nature Photos

Chris Gampat The Phoblographer Zeiss 100mm f2 Milvus lens product images (3 of 8)ISO 4001-200 sec at f - 4.0

Letters to the Editor is a recurring series where Chris answers specific emails/letters that could benefit more than one photographer, interesting questions or questions that come in often. Have a question? Send it to chrisgampat[at]thephoblographer[dot]com with subject: Letter to the Editor: (Your name here).

In today’s letter, a reader that I’ve helped before looks for a specific lens for nature photography. No, today’s sponsored post by Zeiss isn’t a coincidence, he genuinely was thinking about getting one for the type of stuff he does and the quality that he wants.

As always, be sure to send in your letters for me to answer! And also be sure to check out our Kickstarter!

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The Essential Elements of Better Food Photography

Chris Gampat The Phoblographer Zeiss 50mm f1.4 Milvus food photography (2 of 5)ISO 2001-160 sec at f - 2.0

Food–it’s the thing to tugs at the hearts of everything that lives and breathes; especially when it’s presented in a beautiful way. Food photography is mostly done these days in a lifestyle format and with a normal human perspective to appeal to our senses. It’s all about the familiar; and for that reason a 50mm lens can do just the job that you need. Combine this with the colors and contrast that a Zeiss lens can give you right out of the camera, and you’ve got yourself an image making combination that is bound to make someone very hungry.

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Lens Used During Apollo 15 Said to Auction for up to $600,000

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A rare piece of camera history is said to go up for auction soon in Boston; and it’s not going to be cheap at all. The Zeiss Tele-Tessar f8 lens used to photograph on the Apollo 15 space mission will fetch $400,000-$600,000. This lens was designed specifically for a Hasselblad camera that was custom made for NASA’s astronauts to use while in a space suit according to the Wall St Journal.

This is the first telephoto lens used in space according to Collect Space, and is a 500mm f8 lens. It was used by astronaut Dave Scott who kept it in his personal collection over the years. Zeiss made many of these lenses, but this one was a special variant.

Just imagine holding a 500mm f8 lens by hand and shooting medium format film. That’s got to be tough!

Review: Zeiss 18mm f2.8 Batis (Sony Full Frame E Mount)

Chris Gampat The Phoblographer Zeiss 18mm f2.8 product images (8 of 9)ISO 2001-200 sec at f - 2.8

Wide angle lenses are instrumental for many landscape photographers; and if you’re a Sony a7 series camera user then you’re going to want to pay attention to the newly announced Zeiss 18mm f2.8 Batis lens. Like the other Batis lenses, it’s sharp–and it’s a lens that may be important to lots of photographers who shoot wide but want to keep their kit at a minimum. In this case, I’m not only talking about landscape shooters, but architectural shooters and Real Estate shooters.

For many wide angle shooters, it just makes sense.

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Like 135mm Lenses? This Year You May Get What You Want!

Chris Gampat The Phoblographer Rokinon 135mm f2 review product photos (6 of 6)ISO 4001-125 sec at f - 2.5

Two of the most reached for prime lenses amongst professional photographers are the 85mm lens and the 135mm. While there are a plethora of 85mm lenses out there, there really aren’t a whole lot of 135mm lenses. Perhaps a reason for this is the fact that longer focal length prime lenses are tougher to use without a tripod. However, Nikon Rumors is saying that we’ll be getting more.soon; and considering that this is a Photokina year, it just makes sense.

Word on the street is that Tamron, Zeiss, Sigma and maybe even Nikon could introduce new 135mm lenses. Zeiss already has an excellent 135mm f2, but they’ve retired their old lineup of lenses and are creating loads of new Milvus glass complete with weather sealing. I’m honestly not sure how Zeiss can make their 135mm lens better than it is.

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Sample Comparison: Sony G Master 85mm f1.4 vs Zeiss 85mm f1.8 Batis

Chris Gampat The Phoblographer Sony 85mm f1.4 G Master Lens (11 of 11)ISO 4001-30 sec at f - 2.8

All images by Jason Lanier. Used with permission.

For a little while now, photographer Jason Lanier (who is a Sony Artisan) has been working with both the Zeiss 85mm f1.8 Batis lens and the new Sony 85mm f1.4 G Master. Lots of folks are asking which one is better. Recently, he asked if I’d like a couple of samples. Knowing that you guys wanted to see these, I happily obliged.

Here are some samples that he’s got recently. For editorial neutrality’s sake, these images were SOOC and sent to Lightroom to be resized with minor adjustments. Take a look for yourself and make your own judgements.

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