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Lee Saxon wrote:
S Dilworth wrote:
Vishal Sabharwal seems to suggest Zeiss will put a glass cover over the distance scale. I donít see a need for that either, but maybe it will happen.
I hope not. All the Nikon AF-S lenses I used to own had those stupid windows and they absolutely LOVED to break.
I really hope they design this thing exactly like the current Z* lenses. If it ain't broke...
I also prefer the classical construction, but I am guessing that this is an attempt at weather-proofing. The lens looks quite sealed.
Looking at my bad snapshots of the Photokina prototype, Iím convinced this lens will not be given a glass cover over the distance scale unless itís substantially redesigned Ė†which I think unlikely.
First, thereís nowhere for the glass plate to attach. It canít very well attach to the focus ring!
Second, many popular lenses over the years have used an arrangement like the Distagon prototype, including enormous numbers of Pentax lenses Ė†lenses which if anything are famous for their high construction quality, smoothness of operation, and longevity (I have a 30-year-old 50 mm f/1.7 that is extraordinarily well made).
Third, thereís no point: itís already sealed as well as any manual-focus lens, which is to say more than adequately courtesy of small gaps and grease in the focusing helicoid. These lenses are more impervious to weather than supposedly sealed autofocus lenses, and less likely to suffer permanent damage if they do get soaked.
And fourth, there are good reason not to add a window: glass or plastic can break, plastic scratches, and any material reflects light, which can sometimes interfere with reading the distance scale. And with those cine-style neon yellow (fluorescent?) markings, Zeiss clearly cares about readability here.