Carl Zeiss Apo Sonnar T* 2/135 availability
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alfarmer
Registered: Aug 15, 2005
Total Posts: 2050
Country: United States

This lens is of particular interest to me, but I'm new to the world of Zeiss and have several questions about which some of you veterans may have more insight.

They've said it will be out in December. Are Zeiss usually pretty accurate with their dates?

When do you think pre-orders will go up and where? Or is it better (or cheaper) to wait several months for the initial fervor to dissipate prior to purchasing?

Thanks,
ALF



JPTrunck
Registered: Jul 11, 2003
Total Posts: 276
Country: United States

Alf,

If the new 15mm f/2.8 is any indication of their current deliveries, I'd say December 2013 might be a better guess. ;-)

Actually, any newly released lens is in short supply for a while. The popular ones, like the 21mm don't seem to stay in stock any more, regardless of release date. The new 15mm has been delayed 60 days, and no info on when the USA will see any. It seems to depend on demand, i.e., how much a particular focal length and f/stop is desired.

Just my 2 cents. Other Zeiss owners may have varying opinions.

JT

PS- I"m one of those waiting for a 15/2.8 and on B&H's list since the middle of July...



Mescalamba
Registered: Jul 06, 2011
Total Posts: 3236
Country: Czech Republic

Supply will depend on price. This one is pretty expensive, so if they make enough of them, they will be probably 1-2 months after December available.

If they finally got their glass..



wiseguy010
Registered: Mar 08, 2009
Total Posts: 743
Country: Netherlands

alfarmer wrote:
When do you think pre-orders will go up and where? Or is it better (or cheaper) to wait several months for the initial fervor to dissipate prior to purchasing?

Thanks,
ALF


My experience with Zeiss lenses is that prices don't go down. It is just the opposite. I bought my 21/2.8 for 1250 euro's while the price now is 1649 euro's. I pre-ordered the 15/2.8 (still waiting) for 2189 euro's and now the price in the same shop is increased with 400 euro's.

My advice: do a pre-order.



teh_rebel
Registered: Aug 03, 2005
Total Posts: 710
Country: United States

wiseguy010 wrote:
alfarmer wrote:
When do you think pre-orders will go up and where? Or is it better (or cheaper) to wait several months for the initial fervor to dissipate prior to purchasing?

Thanks,
ALF


My experience with Zeiss lenses is that prices don't go down. It is just the opposite. I bought my 21/2.8 for 1250 euro's while the price now is 1649 euro's. I pre-ordered the 15/2.8 (still waiting) for 2189 euro's and now the price in the same shop is increased with 400 euro's.

My advice: do a pre-order.


likewise when i bought the 21/2.8 and 100/2MP .. it was cheaper when I bought it than what it cost now and thats in USD



tsdevine
Registered: May 26, 2006
Total Posts: 1153
Country: United States


The original release date for the 15mm was May 2012. Still waiting for mine and I ordered it in March. I believe some have shipped, but not many.

-Tim

JPTrunck wrote:
Alf,

If the new 15mm f/2.8 is any indication of their current deliveries, I'd say December 2013 might be a better guess. ;-)

Actually, any newly released lens is in short supply for a while. The popular ones, like the 21mm don't seem to stay in stock any more, regardless of release date. The new 15mm has been delayed 60 days, and no info on when the USA will see any. It seems to depend on demand, i.e., how much a particular focal length and f/stop is desired.

Just my 2 cents. Other Zeiss owners may have varying opinions.

JT

PS- I"m one of those waiting for a 15/2.8 and on B&H's list since the middle of July...



JaanOs
Registered: May 23, 2009
Total Posts: 114
Country: Estonia

EU official prices- both versions N/C EUR 1.595,80+ VAT. So in Germany SRP 1899.-
Not information yet about estimated availability.



freaklikeme
Registered: Apr 08, 2005
Total Posts: 5820
Country: United States

I'm thinking it's going to be a long and frustrating wait, that hopefully ends with everyone feeling it was worth it.



Lars Johnsson
Registered: Jun 29, 2003
Total Posts: 33649
Country: Thailand

Is the price known



hiepphotog
Registered: Aug 19, 2009
Total Posts: 950
Country: United States

^^ I think the MSRP is 2k Euros



TSY87
Registered: Jan 15, 2010
Total Posts: 689
Country: United States

I plan on pre-ordering the 55 1.4 and 135/2 the moment they are available.

My 100/2 has shown me the light!!



carstenw
Registered: Dec 26, 2005
Total Posts: 15873
Country: Germany

TSY87 wrote:
I plan on pre-ordering the 55 1.4 and 135/2 the moment they are available.


I can assure you that this is quite impossible!



Takira71A
Registered: Sep 10, 2011
Total Posts: 66
Country: Canada

>> TSY87 wrote:
>> I plan on pre-ordering the 55 1.4 and 135/2 the moment they are available.
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>> carstenw wrote:
>> I can assure you that this is quite impossible!
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Good one Carsten!
(When the lenses become ***Available***... I guess that that -- Would no longer qualify as 'Pre-Ordering!').
--
However... We all know what @TSY87 meant all along though.
--
-Tim.
_____



carstenw
Registered: Dec 26, 2005
Total Posts: 15873
Country: Germany

Yes



mstenj
Registered: Feb 11, 2008
Total Posts: 194
Country: United States

As an FYI, the ZF.2 is in stock at B&H (at the moment).