October 22, 2016 8:33 PM ET

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Company Overview of Carl Zeiss AG

Company Overview

Carl Zeiss AG specializes in the fields of optics and optoelectronics. Its business units develops, manufactures, and distributes optical systems, such as lithography systems, industrial measuring technology, microscopes, surgical microscopes, ophthalmic diagnostic and therapy systems, eyeglass lenses, planetarium technology, and cine and camera lenses, as well as binoculars, riflescopes, and spotting scopes. The company provides microchips; measuring solutions that are used to make various components, such as micro and macro parts, ship engines, and wind turbines; microscope systems for biomedical research and materials inspection; medical systems that are used in ophthalmology, and neurosu...

Carl-Zeiss-Strasse 22

Oberkochen,  73447


Founded in 1846


49 7364 20 0


49 7364 20 6808

Key Executives for Carl Zeiss AG

Chief Executive Officer, President, Labor Director and Member of Executive Board
Age: 59
Chief Financial Officer and Member of the Executive Board
Age: 54
Senior Vice President of Business Services & Infrastructure
Principal Scientist of Semiconductor Manufacturing Technology
Head of Group Function Personal
Compensation as of Fiscal Year 2016.

Carl Zeiss AG Key Developments

Carl Zeiss Expands its Zeiss Loxia Family with Short Telephoto Lens

Carl Zeiss has expanded its Zeiss Loxia family with a short telephoto lens, the Loxia 2.4/85, for mirrorless Sony full-frame cameras with E mount. It supplements three focal lengths that are already available for this lens family, namely the ZEISS Loxia 2.8/21, Loxia 2/35 and Loxia 2/50, and was specially designed for mirrorless full-frame cameras with E mount. The compact ZEISS Loxia lenses are the ideal choice for travel and street photographers who value light and compact camera equipment. "In terms of its technology and the feel of its surface, the ZEISS Loxia 2.4/85 fits perfectly with the existing focal lengths, and is particularly well suited for portrait photography," said Christophe Casenave, product manager with ZEISS Camera Lenses. The ZEISS Loxia 2.4/85 will be available in stores starting mid of December 2016. The new ZEISS Loxia 2.4/85 has been designed for digital sensors. The recommended retail sales price is EUR 1,399 or USD 1,399.

Carl Zeiss Launches New Industrial Lenses with a M42x1 Mount

Carl Zeiss has launched industrial lenses with a M42x1 mount. The four lightweight fixed focal lengths of the new ZEISS Interlock Compact series with a short M42x1 mount 2.8/21, 2/35, 2/50 and 2.4/85 feature screws that allow exact locking of the aperture and focus. The aperture can optionally be continuously adjusted using the de-click mechanism, allowing precise exposure setting. Their low weight and robust metal design also make the lenses suitable for rough industrial use, e.g. for crash tests in the automotive industry. The M42x1 mount offers outstanding stability. The large image circle permits the lenses to be also used on area scan cameras with full-frame sensors and on line scan cameras with a sensor size of up to 43 millimeters. According to the manufacturer, the image quality leaves nothing to be desired: The 21 and 85 millimeter focal lengths display excellent contrast across the entire image field, and the 35 and 50 millimeter lenses show extremely low distortion. Their metal housing makes the lenses very robust. In the future the three new fixed focal lengths will replace the ZEISS Distagon T 2.8/15, ZEISS Distagon T 3.5/18 and ZEISS Apo-Sonnar T 2/135 for industrial application. The new industrial lenses of the ZEISS Interlock and ZEISS Interlock Compact families will be available from 15 September 2016. One exception: the ZEISS Interlock Compact 2.4/85 will not be available until January 2017.

Carl Zeiss Announces Availability of Three New Lenses for DSLR Cameras

Carl Zeiss has announced the availability of three new lenses with focal lengths of 15, 18 and 135mm for DSLR cameras. Two super-wide angle lenses, the ZEISS Milvus 2.8/15 and ZEISS Milvus 2.8/18, and the telephoto lens ZEISS Milvus 2/135 have expanded this family of manual focus lenses for DSLR cameras, bringing the total number of ZEISS Milvus focal lengths to nine. The new lenses are characterized by a harmonious bokeh and very high degree of flare control due to the T anti-reflective coating from ZEISS. Further optimization of the lens coating has also ensured less likelihood than ever of ghosting, flare or shading effects, even in critical lighting situations. And all ZEISS Milvus lenses come with a floating elements design, which compensates imaging errors at different distance settings. The new ZEISS Milvus lenses also allow the user to create high-quality film shoots with a pleasing cinematic bokeh. All ZEISS Milvus lenses have a focus ring with a very large rotation angle to enable precise focusing, and are made of comfortable rubber to ensure a good grip while focusing. The De-Click function on lenses with a ZF.2 mount lets cinematographers set the aperture in a soft and infinitely variable way so they can work professionally in changing lighting conditions. The ZEISS Milvus lenses' robust full-metal barrel ensures long and reliable usage. In addition, the lenses are protected against dust and spray water. The robust metal lens shade is an integral part of the overall product design and included with all ZEISS Milvus lenses. The new focal lengths of the ZEISS Milvus family are also compatible with the ZEISS Lens Gears, providing filmmakers with additional value-add. The ZEISS Lens Gears, which are made of high-quality aluminum with a hardened surface coating, slide into the respective lens and are attached to the focus ring by turning two counter-rotating rings through a simple mounting procedure. This super wide-angle lens with a field of view of 110 degrees allows every photographer to consciously compose using extreme perspectives. The lens has excellent imaging performance even with an open aperture due to the correction of color errors. Color fringing and distortion are minimal. This is all due to a ZEISS Distagon lens design with 15 lens elements in 12 groups, including two aspheric lenses, special glass with anomalous partial dispersion, and the floating elements design. A removable lens shade and the 95-millimeter filter thread also make this lens the ideal companion for special applications with additional slide-in filter holders. This compact super-wide angle lens with a newly calculated ZEISS Distagon optical design has 14 lens elements in 12 groups, including two aspheric elements. The ZEISS Milvus 2.8/18 has a short close-up distance of 0.25 meters and internal focusing. With an angular field of 99.9 degrees, this lens is the ideal companion for landscape and architectural photography, as it allows creative shots to be taken using unusual perspectives. The filter thread has a diameter of 77 millimeters. The ZEISS Milvus 2.8/18 delivers outstanding imaging performance and very good distortion correction. This fast telephoto lens delivers excellent correction of all color errors. Due to a large aperture and pleasing bokeh, it is the perfect lens for portrait photography from a medium distance. The angular field is 18.7 degrees. The short minimum object distance of 0.80 meters makes this lens even more versatile. It has an optical design with 11 lens elements in eight groups and, like the ZEISS Milvus 2.8/18, a filter diameter of 77 millimeters. The delivery worldwide of the three new lenses will begin at the end of October 2016. The lens shade is included with the corresponding lens.

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