Every photographer wants the perfect lens for any situation. With its wide product range, ZEISS has been providing the camera lenses of choice for more than 100 years. The story began with the famous Planar® invented in 1896. Today, ZEISS is the world’s leading company when it comes to developing and producing high-performance camera lenses for all areas of photography and cinematography.
Whether for architecture or sport, portraits or fashion, landscapes or nature, still life studies or scientific applications, ZEISS provides just the right lens for any occasion. Even Hollywood has come to recognize this: Camera lenses made by ZEISS have received three Academy Awards in the Science and Engineering category (1987, 1999 and 2012).
With the invention of the first anastigmatic lens with distortion-free imaging (later: Protar®) by Paul Rudolph, ZEISS launches a new era of camera lens development.
Paul Rudolph develops the prototype of the Planar®lens: the Planar f/3.6.
Tessar lens®, the "camera’s eagle eye"
High-speed Sonnar lens® f/2 for Contax® cameras. Considerably increases the range of use of 35 mm cameras.
Robert Richter develops the Topogon, the first fast and distortion-free lens with 90° angle of view. This lens revolutionizes the field of photogrammetry technology.
Alexander Smakula develops anti-reflection coating for glass surfaces (Carl Zeiss T-coating). These provide the optical designer with totally new possibilities for the development of multi-element lenses
Biogon lens® f/4.5 based on Ludwig Bertele’s design expands the possibilities of 90° wide-angle photography.
The world’s fastest lens: Planar® 0.7/50.
Photos of the first lunar landing were taken with ZEISS lenses.
The super wide-angle F-Distagon lens, a fisheye-type lens, is launched.
The first camera lens with perfect chromatic correction: Sonnar Superachromat® f/:5.6/250 for Hasselblad® camera systems.
Start of the partnership with Kyocera, which by this time has acquired camera manufacturer Yashica (Contax)
Carl Zeiss develops zoom lenses with exceptional imaging performance (Variable Primes) for Arri® 35 mm movie cameras..
The first Carl Zeiss lens for a SONY camcorder marks the beginning of a long-lasting partnership.
First lens for a consumer digital camera (Sony DSC-F55E): the Distagon 2.8/6.85. This marks the first venture into amateur digital photography.
DigiPrime ® lenses – extremely powerful and with hitherto unparalleled quality – are used in the film industry.
Beginning of partnership with Nokia. Nokia N90 device marks the start of the Nseries.
ZEISS SLR lenses for F bayonets (ZF).
Start of the partnership with Logitech.
Collaboration with Sony on lenses for a projector (VW200).
ZEISS SLR lenses for EF bayonets (ZE).
Compact Zoom CZ.2 70-200/T2.9: Einzigartiges Unique Cine-Zoom lens for current and future HD video and cine cameras.