Zeiss SLR Classic lenses are now discontinued


Cosina Japan officially announced that the following Zeiss SLR Classic series lenses have been discontinued: 2.8/15, 3.5/18, 2/25, 2/28, 1.4/35, 2/135. Some of the Zeiss Classic lenses for Nikon F-mount are still available for sale in the US.


Back in 2015, Zeiss replaced their SLR classic lens series with the new Milvus line of lenses specifically designed for digital cameras (DSLRs). Currently, a total of 11 Zeiss Milvus lenses have already been announced.

Via PhotoRumors


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  • Nakayamahanzaemon

    Otus lenses are also made by Cosina. Batis lenses are rumored to be manufactured by Cosina, too. I’m not sure who is making Loxia lenses.

    • Jeffry De Meyer

      Everything Zeiss and voightlander is cosina.

    • Spy Black

      Zeiss. The best German lenses made in Japan…

  • Eric Calabros

    The only one of them that needs a Nikon counterpart is 15mm f/2.8. I bet Nikon engineers like to make a stellar one, but its not in priority list of product managers.

    • maxx

      I’m sorry Eric, but Nikon needs Zeiss quality. That incredible classic lens quality.

      • Spy Black

        What quality are you deluding yourself about?

        • Just Me

          You know! That special… je ne sais quoi! 🙂

          • T.I.M

            Maybe…tu ne sais pas…
            :o)

            • Just Me

              🙂 touché

    • T.I.M

      A nice Nikkor AF-S 13mm f/4G E ?
      That will put the 13mm f/5.6 Ai down to $500!
      :o)

      • Spy Black

        Only if it’s as optically corrected.

  • maxx

    I really love Zeiss classic lens. I adore 21mm, 135mm but I like so much 28mm and 35mm. Sharpness, colours, contrast and that cinematic mood… great great lens!

  • El Aura

    The only classic (aka ZF/ZE) lens that didn’t get a Milvus successor is the ZF/ZE 28 mm f/2 (the ZF/ZE 25 mm f/2.8 and f/2 lenses got a sort-of successor with the Milvus 25 mm f/1.4, as did the ZF/ZE 18 mm f/3.5 with the Milvus 18 mm f/2.8). There’s only the Otus 28 mm f/1.4.

    Zeiss offers both Milvus and Otus versions for 50/55 mm f/1.4 and 85 mm f/1.4. There thus is a chance of a Milvus 28 mm f/1.4.

  • Kob12

    It is sad that Zeiss does produce autofocus lenses for Sony and Fuji (Batis, Touit), but not for Nikon (Milvus).
    I wonder what the reason is.

    • TurtleCat

      It’s because Fuji worked with Zeiss to get those lenses and since they already had them for E mount it wasn’t a big deal to switch to FX mount. Sony freely licenses their F/E mount specs to anyone so it’s very easy for third parties to get full support.

      It’s been speculated that because Zeiss, for example, is not headquartered in Japan that there are patent issues that prevent their reverse engineering AF. Sigma and company are all Japan based and are more frenemies and thus can reverse engineer without too many problems. At least that’s the current thinking. I doubt we will be told precisely.

  • T.I.M

    That’s bad news, I was planning not to buy any of these…
    :o(

  • Matt Comerford

    I’m a bitter 15mm f2.8 owner. Bought one second hand *the week* before they were discounted by almost a grand…

    • TurtleCat

      That would presumably be within the return window. You could have negotiated with the company or just sent it back and re-bought.

      • T.I.M

        “second hand”

        • TurtleCat

          Ah, missed that. So that would be tough potatoes unless he bought it from a B&H or KEH or whatever in which a return period would still apply.

          • T.I.M

            I only buy new from B&H.
            For used gear, Ebay is the best way to go, you would not believe the deals I made on used Ebay stuff.

            • TurtleCat

              It really depends. I’ve bought from eBay and other places for used. I’ve had good and bad experiences with both to the point I can’t unilaterally say one is better.

            • T.I.M

              Photo gear is a little special, I only buy from seller with 100% positive feedback and 50 feedback (as seller) minimum.
              For example. I got a F6 in new condition for only $800!

      • Matt Comerford

        eBay… it was seriously THE WEEK before the announcement of new lens/discount of the ZF.2 Oh well, I love the lens regardless (I have to say this for over paying 😉

        • TurtleCat

          Yeah, that would be the sad part. No way to know that, either. At least you enjoy the lens!

    • T.I.M

      I would have kill myself (or my wife would have killed me).
      That happened to me few years ago on a big, big Nikon telephoto lens, B&H was nice enough to let me return it.
      Of course, a week later I bough it again, but this time at the discounted price.
      :o)

  • Jeffry De Meyer

    Good find!
    Now I’m wondering who could be making them.
    There is someone making really good optics for Irix and the likes

  • Nakayamahanzaemon

    I guess Kyocera has a hand in some of Zeiss lenses. Kyocera announced its reentry into the interchangeable lens market in 2012, saying that some German makers asked them to do so. Next year, Zeiss started to release the new lens series. Yashica or Kyocera made Contax for Zeiss, so Kyocera must know how to make Zeiss lenses.

  • FromTheNorth

    Im glad I got my 25/2 a couple years back, lovely lens and tiny compared to the new Milvus 1.4.

    Was going to buy the 18/3.5 next year but again, not interrested in the Milvus version. The tiny increase in speed and hefty increase in price just isnt worth it. Thank god for ebay and KEH.

  • Mistral75

    Cosina took the news down. It was there yesterday, it isn’t any more.

    http://www.cosina.co.jp/index.html

    On the top left you found:

    2017.12.07 カールツァイス
    【生産終了案内】 ZEISS SLR classicシリーズの 一部製品
    (2.8/15, 3.5/18, 2/25, 2/28, 1.4/35, 2/135) が生産終了しました

    Translation:

    12.07.2017 Carl Zeiss
    【Notice of production end】 ‘ZEISS SLR classic’ series of products
    Manufacturing of (2.8/15, 3.5/18, 2/25, 2/28, 1.4/35 and 2/135) has ended.

    Now the latest news is from November the 30th.

    • Nakayamahanzaemon

      I asked them. Wait until they reply.

    • Nakayamahanzaemon

      I’m not sure if you’re still seeing this post, but I got a confirmation from Cosina that Zeiss SLR Classic series lenses have been discontinued, as is reported on this NR post. They took the initial post away for some reason which a Cosina guy I talked with didn’t know exactly (he insinuated some transcription problem which I don’t understand well), but he confirmed the discontinuation.

      • Thanks for the update!

  • Adrian Danby

    The decision was made to cut out the semi proffesional photgrapher who sometimes cannot afford the Milvus lenses.I am a truck driver, cannot buy the Milvus lenses as her indoors would garot me with the ironing board. Its always about damn profit and what they can make the most on. Well, thats the end of the line for me. I,ll stick with my nikons now.They can shove them where the sun dont shine

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