New Zeiss ZM at Photokina?

So did anyone happen to notice in the posting to the Zeiss Blog this morning concerning Photokina 2012 that there will be a new ZM lens available next year? They promise us a "fast lens." So look for an announcement and perhaps a new ZM on display in Cologne!

For fans of the Carl Zeiss family of ZM systems for rangefinder cameras, Carl Zeiss has a special surprise in store. In 2013, at least one fast lens with M bayonet will go on sale. Using lenses from the ZM series with adapters is also very popular on mirrorless system cameras.

Update (November 2013):

Zeiss has pushed the release back to 2014, saying that they have been busy making lenses for Sony... No worries. We're sure they'll get around Touit. :D

Update (May 2014):

Still waiting, eh? Well, be prepared to wait some more... In a recent response on the Zeiss blog, they had this to say on the matter:

Yes, it has been a while since we announced a new ZM lens, right. And it has been a busy time for us with the development and the launch of our Touit lenses and the Otus 1.4/55. At the moment, alongside many other products, our developers are currently working on a new lens for the ZM series. The lens is currently scheduled for the end of 2014. Due to the complexity of the product development, the exact date of availability may change to 2015. Therefore, we cannot as yet publish details on the technical characteristics at the present time, sorry.

In other words, "don't call us - we'll call you." Move along folks, nothing to see here. The only thing we know is it's likely a 35mm.



Maybe a Planar 50 f/1.4, because their f/2 version is so popular...or even better, a 35 f/1.4 :D

Can't Wait- very good lenses, I have three of them !

They already have two 50s - an f/1.5 and an f/2. If I had to guess, I'd say a 1,4/35. However, the 1,5/50 is a Sonnar design, so maybe they'll offer a Planar at that speed. Then again, even a 2/28 qualifies as a "fast lens" as it's faster than the 2,8/28 that exists... Heck, it could be anything.

I sure hope DNEG is correct with his wishfull thinking.. a 35/1.4 would be excellent. Leica's FLE is pretty damn expensive, voigtländers nokton is pretty cheap but nothing to write home about on a FF camera. //Juha