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CONTAX Announces Two New Carl Zeiss Lenses For The N Camera System

New Planar T* 85mm F/1.4 and Tele-Apotessar T* 400mm F/4 Lenses Guarantee High Performance

SOMERSET, NJ – Kyocera Optics, Inc. is expanding its highly-acclaimed Contax N camera system with two new Carl Zeiss lenses, the Carl Zeiss N Planar T* 85mm f/1.4 and the Carl Zeiss N Tele-Apotessar T* 400mm f/4. Both lenses utilize the latest in optical glass technology and precision manufacturing. The Carl Zeiss N Planar T* 85mm f/1.4 high-speed lens, with its longer focal length, is sure to find a place as one of the most popular in top-class 35mm SLR systems, while the Carl Zeiss N Tele-Apotessar T* 400mm f/4 marks the summit in the development of Zeiss Tele-Apotessar lens designs.

Carl Zeiss Planar T* 85mm F/1.4

Clearly visible when attached to any Contax N series camera, the N Planar T* 85mm f/1.4 excels at ensuring high image brightness and quality over the entire frame. High performance image quality is maintained over the entire focusing range from infinity down to the minimum focusing distance of 33 inches via a new Internal Focusing Design (IFD), which moves six of the 10 focusing elements, thus reducing distortion remarkably well. With a large maximum aperture of f/1.4, the 85mm lens is capable of image compositions with selective focus, a feature especially pleasing for portraiture.

The lens' large amount of optical glass and attendant mass ensure a high level of stabilization during exposures, which allows significantly longer exposure times to be obtained, even hand-held, with very good results. Long exposure times, combined with the large f/1.4 maximum aperture, enables available light exposures to be captured easily.

The N Planar T* 85mm f/1.4 is perfect for photojournalism, portraits, kids, sports, theatrical and stage photography under available light, interiors without flash, and dynamic subjects requiring fast shutter speeds.

The street price of the Carl Zeiss Planar T* 85mm f/1.4 lens is $1,449.00.

Carl Zeiss N Tele-Apotessar T* 400mm f/4 Lens

Apochromatic telephoto lenses have become indispensable, especially for sports and wildlife photographers, and the Carl Zeiss Tele-Apotessar T* 400mm f/4 will prove to be no exception. This new auto focus lens is relatively fast, yet handy enough to be used without a tripod. It produces images of stunning sharpness and luster, delivering high image quality even fully open and over the entire image area. Additionally, a filter slot in the lens body accepts standard 46mm screw-in type filters.

Both field flatness and field illumination are immaculate with this lens. The resolution of fine detail will impress even very demanding photographers and distortion is well corrected. From infinity to the close-up limit, the lens' high performance is kept virtually constant over the entire focusing range. The Tele-Apotessar T* 400mm f/4 lens will challenge the quality of the best color films to their limits.

The Tele-Apotessar T* 400mm f/4 lens is ideal for sports, wildlife, photojournalism, fashion advertising and documentation of inaccessible objects and actions.

The street price of the Tele-Apotessar T* 400mm f/4 lens is $3,830.00.

About Contax:

Contax North America, a division of Kyocera Optics, Inc., markets a complete line of high-end photographic equipment including 35mm manual and auto focus SLR's, medium format SLR's, rangefinders and sophisticated lens/shutter and zoom cameras. The company also maintains the exclusive license to distribute world renowned Carl Zeiss T* lenses for 35mm, 645 and Advanced Photo System cameras.

Lens Specifications*
Carl Zeiss N Planar T* 85mm f/1.4 lens
Lens construction: 10 elements, 9 groups
Focal range (mm): 83mm
Image size (mm): 24 x 36 mm
Angular field: 28.5 degrees diagonal
Mount: CONTAX N mount
Focal Adjustment: Auto, manual
Aperture Control: Auto
Apertures: 1.4 – 2 – 2.8 – 4 – 5.6 – 8 – 11 - 16
Minimum focus (m): .83m (2.75 ft.)
Filter: 82mm
Hood: GB-82
Dimensions (mm), Weight (g): 90mm (diameter) x 80mm (length)
Weight (g): Approx. 810 g
Standard Accessories: Lens Cap, Rear Cap, Case

Carl Zeiss N Tele-Apotessar T* 400mm f/4 lens
Lens construction: 8 elements, 7 groups
Focal range (mm): 400mm
Image size (mm): 24 x 36 mm
Angular field: 6.2 degrees diagonal
Mount: CONTAX N mount
Focal Adjustment: Auto, manual
Aperture Control: Auto
Apertures: 4 – 5.6 – 8 – 11 – 16 – 22 - 32
Minimum focus (m): 2.9m (9.4 ft.)
Filter: 112mm screw-in type

46mm insertable filter type
Hood: 4/400 Metal Hood (slip-on)
Dimensions (mm), Weight (g): 120mm (diameter) x 292mm (length)
Weight (g): Approx. 3,580 g
Standard Accessories: Lens Cap, Rear Cap, Case
*Specifications are subject to change without prior notice.

For product images, contact Shari Ehrlich at 212-355-5049 ext. 113 or email at sehrlich@hwhpr.com

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