Carl Zeiss N Vario-Sonnar T* 28-80mm F/3.5-5.6

Standard zoom lens • Digital era • Discontinued

N (Unofficial acronym) The lens is designed for Contax N series 35mm SLR cameras.
T* The multi-layer coating is applied to the surface of lens elements. It boosts light transmission, ensures sharp and high contrast images, minimizes ghosting and flares.

Contax N1

35mm AF film SLR camera

Announced ⋅ 発表:February ⋅ 2月 2001
Mount ⋅ マウント:Contax N
Format ⋅ フォーマット:36 × 24mm
Shutter type ⋅ シャッタータイプ:Focal-plane ⋅ フォーカルプレーン
Shutter model ⋅ シャッターモデル:Electronically controlled ⋅ 電子制御
Speeds ⋅ 速度:32 - 1/8000 + B
Exposure metering ⋅ 露出測光:Through-the-lens (TTL) ⋅ スルーザレンズ
Exposure modes ⋅ 露出モード:Programmed Auto ⋅ プログラムされた自動
Aperture-priority Auto ⋅ 絞り優先オート
Shutter-priority Auto ⋅ シャッター優先オート
Manual ⋅ マニュアル
Dimensions ⋅ 寸法:152x116.5x69mm
Weight ⋅ 重さ:795g

Contax NX

35mm AF film SLR camera

Announced ⋅ 発表:February ⋅ 2月 2002
Mount ⋅ マウント:Contax N
Format ⋅ フォーマット:36 × 24mm
Shutter type ⋅ シャッタータイプ:Focal-plane ⋅ フォーカルプレーン
Shutter model ⋅ シャッターモデル:Electronically controlled ⋅ 電子制御
Speeds ⋅ 速度:32 - 1/4000 + B
Exposure metering ⋅ 露出測光:Through-the-lens (TTL) ⋅ スルーザレンズ
Exposure modes ⋅ 露出モード:Programmed Auto ⋅ プログラムされた自動
Aperture-priority Auto ⋅ 絞り優先オート
Shutter-priority Auto ⋅ シャッター優先オート
Manual ⋅ マニュアル
Dimensions ⋅ 寸法:142x113.5x66mm
Weight ⋅ 重さ:605g

Contax N Digital

35mm AF digital SLR camera

Announced ⋅ 発表:February ⋅ 2月 2002
Mount ⋅ マウント:Contax N
Format ⋅ フォーマット:36 × 24mm
Resolution ⋅ 解像度:3008 × 2008 - 6 MP
Sensor type ⋅ センサータイプ:CCD
Shutter type ⋅ シャッタータイプ:Focal-plane ⋅ フォーカルプレーン
Shutter model ⋅ シャッターモデル:Electronically controlled ⋅ 電子制御
Speeds ⋅ 速度:32 - 1/8000 + B
Exposure metering ⋅ 露出測光:Through-the-lens (TTL) ⋅ スルーザレンズ
Exposure modes ⋅ 露出モード:Programmed Auto ⋅ プログラムされた自動
Aperture-priority Auto ⋅ 絞り優先オート
Shutter-priority Auto ⋅ シャッター優先オート
Manual ⋅ マニュアル
Image stabilizer ⋅ 手ぶれ補正:-
Dimensions ⋅ 寸法:152x138.5x79.5mm
Weight ⋅ 重さ:1000g

Features highlight ⋅ 機能のハイライト

1 ASPH
MM

Specification ⋅ 仕様

Production details ⋅ 制作内容
Announced ⋅ 発表:February ⋅ 2月 2002
Production status ⋅ 生産状況:Discontinued ⋅ 製造中止
Production type ⋅ 生産タイプ:Mass production ⋅ 大量生産
Original name ⋅ 元の名前:Carl Zeiss Vario-Sonnar 3,5-5,6/28-80 T*
Optical design ⋅ 光学設計
Focal length range ⋅ 焦点距離の範囲:28mm - 80mm
Speed range ⋅ 速度範囲:F/3.5 @ 28mm - F/5.6 @ 80mm
Maximum format ⋅ 最大フォーマット:35mm full frame ⋅ 35mmフルフレーム
Mount ⋅ マウント:Contax N
Diagonal angle of view ⋅ 対角画角:75.4° @ 28mm - 30.3° @ 80mm (35mm full frame ⋅ 35mmフルフレーム)
Lens construction ⋅ レンズ構造:7 elements ⋅ 要素 - 7 groups ⋅ グループ
1 ASPH
Diaphragm mechanism ⋅ ダイヤフラムメカニズム
Number of blades ⋅ 絞り羽根の数:<No information ⋅ 情報なし>
Zooming ⋅ ズーミング
Zoom type ⋅ ズームタイプ:Rotary ⋅ ロータリー
Zooming method ⋅ ズーム方法:Extends while zooming ⋅ ズームしながら伸びる
Focusing ⋅ フォーカシング
Closest focusing distance ⋅ 最短撮影距離:0.5m
0.25m [Macro 1:2 @ 80mm]
Maximum magnification ratio ⋅ 最大倍率:<No information ⋅ 情報なし>
Focusing method ⋅ フォーカシング方法:<No information ⋅ 情報なし>
Focusing modes ⋅ フォーカシングモード:Autofocus, manual focus ⋅ オートフォーカス、マニュアルフォーカス
Manual focus control ⋅ マニュアルフォーカス制御:Focusing ring ⋅ フォーカシングリング
Autofocus motor ⋅ オートフォーカスモーター:Micromotor
Focus mode selector ⋅ フォーカスモードセレクター:AF/MF
Manual focus override in autofocus mode:-
Optical Image Stabilizer (OIS)
Built-in OIS:-
Physical characteristics ⋅ 体格的特徴
Weight ⋅ 重量:380g
Maximum diameter x Length ⋅ 最大直径x長さ:⌀76×70mm
Weather sealing ⋅ ウェザーシーリング:-
Fluorine coating:-
Accessories ⋅ 付属品
Filters ⋅ フィルタ:Screw-type ⋅ ネジ式 55mm
Lens hood ⋅ レンズフード:Bayonet-type ⋅ バヨネットタイプ GB-51 (petal-shaped ⋅ 花びらの形)

Manufacturer description #1

Contax Announces New Addition to N System: The NX 35mm Auto Focus SLR Camera

Three New N-Series Carl Zeiss Zoom Lenses Complement Entire Contax SLR System

PMA 2002, ORLANDO, FL -- February 24, 2002 -- Kyocera Optics, Inc. is proud to announce the latest camera in the Contax N series -– the new Contax NX, a 35mm Auto Focus SLR camera with a built-in flash system. The Contax NX is designed for the consumer interested in a high-quality SLR auto-focus body without the limitations found in an entry-level product. Positioned within the N System just below the Contax N1, the NX provides a second option for photographers considering a Contax N-series camera body. In addition, the NX includes many of the features of the Contax N1, and at the same time, incorporates additional options that place the NX in a class of its own.

In addition to the Contax NX, Kyocera Optics, Inc. is also pleased to announce three new lenses to complement the current Contax N system. The new lenses will increase the available selection for the N system to seven lenses. Furthermore, all seven Carl Zeiss N-mount lenses can be utilized with the Contax N1 that was introduced the fall of 2000.

Three New Carl Zeiss T* Auto Focus Zoom Lenses Complement Contax N System

The three new Carl Zeiss T* zoom lenses greatly increase the versatility of the Contax N System by providing a total of five different zoom lenses, ranging from an incredible wide angle of 17mm to a telephoto of 300mm.

Carl Zeiss N Vario-Sonnar T* 28-80mm f3.5-5.6

To complement the small size of the Contax NX, Carl Zeiss is pleased to announce the new N Vario-Sonnar T* 28-80mm f3.5-5.6 lens -- the perfect companion to the NX camera body. The seven elements, one of which is aspherical, provide superb imaging performance.

The new lens is a compact, high-performance zoom that uses the Contax N-mount system and is equally useful with the N1 or NX camera body. The lens offers the focal length range most often used in 35mm indoor and outdoor photography. With a weight of only 375 grams, it is perfect for traveling light. In addition, the lens offers a macro function that allows close-up photography up to an incredible one-to-four magnification ratio at the 80mm focal length position.

Manufacturer description #2

The Carl Zeiss Vario-Sonnar T* 3.5-5.6/28-80 lens is a very compact autofocus zoom lens in the Contax N system. It offers the focal length range most often used in 35 mm photography, both indoors and outdoors.

On top of this it has a built-in macro function, which enables close-ups with a magnification of up to 1:2 at focal length of 80 mm. This allows to completely fill the frame with an object the size of a credit card. The lens weighs only 380 g. All this makes it a very convenient optic for the travelling photographer.

An aspheric lens element is used to achieve high imaging performance while keeping the lens compact. The Carl Zeiss T* anti-reflex coating of the Vario-Sonnar T* 3.5-5.6/28-80 lens helps to prevent stray light and thus enables brilliant images with vibrant colors.

Preferred use: Travel, vacation, people, live-action.

From the editor ⋅ 編集者から

Optically the lens is based on the Sigma 28-80mm F/3.5-5.6 Aspherical Macro II HF.

Typical application ⋅ 典型的なアプリケーション

landscapes ⋅ 風景, interiors ⋅ インテリア, buildings ⋅ 建物, cityscapes ⋅ 都市の景観, portraits ⋅ 肖像画, travel ⋅ トラベル

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35mm full frame

43.27 24 36
  • Dimensions: 36 × 24mm
  • Aspect ratio: 3:2
  • Diagonal: 43.27mm

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Image stabilizer

A technology used for reducing or even eliminating the effects of camera shake. Gyro sensors inside the lens detect camera shake and pass the data to a microcomputer. Then an image stabilization group of elements controlled by the microcomputer moves inside the lens and compensates camera shake in order to keep the image static on the imaging sensor or film.

The technology allows to increase the shutter speed by several stops and shoot handheld in such lighting conditions and at such focal lengths where without image stabilizer you have to use tripod, decrease the shutter speed and/or increase the ISO setting which can lead to blurry and noisy images.

Micromotor

AF/MF

AFAutofocus mode.
MFManual focus mode.

Aspherical elements

Aspherical elements (ASPH, XA, XGM) are used in wide-angle lenses for correction of distortion and in large-aperture lenses for correction of spherical aberration, astigmatism and coma, thus ensuring excellent sharpness and contrast even at fully open aperture. The effect of the aspherical element is determined by its position within the optical formula: the more the aspherical element moves away from the aperture stop, the more it influences distortion; close to the aperture stop it can be particularly used to correct spherical aberration. Aspherical element can substitute one or several regular spherical elements to achieve similar or better optical results, which allows to develop more compact and lightweight lenses.

Use of aspherical elements has its downsides: it leads to non-uniform rendering of out-of-focus highlights. This effect usually appears as "onion-like" texture of concentric rings or "wooly-like" texture and is caused by very slight defects in the surface of aspherical element. It is difficult to predict such effect, but usually it occurs when the highlights are small enough and far enough out of focus.

Low dispersion elements

Low dispersion elements (ED, LD, SD, UD etc) minimize chromatic aberrations and ensure excellent sharpness and contrast even at fully open aperture. This type of glass exhibits low refractive index, low dispersion, and exceptional partial dispersion characteristics compared to standard optical glass. Two lenses made of low dispersion glass offer almost the same performance as one fluorite lens.

Low dispersion elements

Low dispersion elements (ED, LD, SD, UD etc) minimize chromatic aberrations and ensure excellent sharpness and contrast even at fully open aperture. This type of glass exhibits low refractive index, low dispersion, and exceptional partial dispersion characteristics compared to standard optical glass. Two lenses made of low dispersion glass offer almost the same performance as one fluorite lens.

Canon's Super UD, Nikon's Super ED, Pentax' Super ED, Sigma's FLD ("F" Low Dispersion), Sony' Super ED and Tamron's XLD glasses are the highest level low dispersion glasses available with extremely high light transmission. These optical glasses have a performance equal to fluorite glass.

High-refraction low-dispersion elements

High-refraction low-dispersion elements (HLD) minimize chromatic aberrations and ensure excellent sharpness and contrast even at fully open aperture.

High Index, High Dispersion elements

High Index, High Dispersion elements (HID) minimize chromatic aberrations and ensure excellent sharpness and contrast even at fully open aperture.

Anomalous partial dispersion elements

Anomalous partial dispersion elements (AD) minimize chromatic aberrations and ensure excellent sharpness and contrast even at fully open aperture.

Fluorite elements

Synthetic fluorite elements (FL) minimize chromatic aberrations and ensure excellent sharpness and contrast even at fully open aperture. Compared with optical glass, fluorite lenses have a considerably lower refraction index, low dispersion and extraordinary partial dispersion, and high transmission of infrared and ultraviolet light. They are also significantly lighter than optical glass.

According to Nikon, fluorite easily cracks and is sensitive to temperature changes that can adversely affect focusing by altering the lens' refractive index. To avoid this, Canon, as the manufacturer most widely using fluorite in its telephoto lenses, never uses fluorite in the front and rear lens elements, and the white coating is applied to the lens barrels to reflect light and prevent the lens from overheating.

Short-wavelength refractive elements

High and specialized-dispersion elements (SR) refract light with wavelengths shorter than that of blue to achieve highly precise chromatic aberration compensation. This technology also results in smaller and lighter lenses.

Blue Spectrum Refractive Optics

Organic Blue Spectrum Refractive Optics material (BR Optics) placed between convex and concave elements made from conventional optical glass provides more efficient correction of longitudinal chromatic aberrations in comparison with conventional technology.

Diffraction elements

Diffraction elements (DO, PF) cancel chromatic aberrations at various wavelengths. This technology results in smaller and lighter lenses in comparison with traditional designs with no compromise in image quality.

High refractive index elements

High refractive index elements (HR, HRI, XR etc) minimize field curvature and spherical aberration. High refractive index element can substitute one or several regular elements to achieve similar or better optical results, which allows to develop more compact and lightweight lenses.

Apodization element

Apodization element (APD) is in fact a radial gradient filter. It practically does not change the characteristics of light beam passing through its central part but absorbs the light at the periphery. It sort of softens the edges of the aperture making the transition from foreground to background zone very smooth and results in very attractive, natural looking and silky smooth bokeh.

Original name

Lens name as indicated on the lens barrel (usually on the front ring). With lenses from film era, may vary slightly from batch to batch.

Format

Format refers to the shape and size of film or image sensor.

35mm is the common name of the 36x24mm film format or image sensor format. It has an aspect ratio of 3:2, and a diagonal measurement of approximately 43mm. The name originates with the total width of the 135 film which was the primary medium of the format prior to the invention of the full frame digital SLR. Historically the 35mm format was sometimes called small format to distinguish it from the medium and large formats.

APS-C is an image sensor format approximately equivalent in size to the film negatives of 25.1x16.7mm with an aspect ratio of 3:2.

Medium format is a film format or image sensor format larger than 36x24mm (35mm) but smaller than 4x5in (large format).

Angle of view

Angle of view describes the angular extent of a given scene that is imaged by a camera. It is used interchangeably with the more general term field of view.

As the focal length changes, the angle of view also changes. The shorter the focal length (eg 18mm), the wider the angle of view. Conversely, the longer the focal length (eg 55mm), the smaller the angle of view.

A camera's angle of view depends not only on the lens, but also on the sensor. Imaging sensors are sometimes smaller than 35mm film frame, and this causes the lens to have a narrower angle of view than with 35mm film, by a certain factor for each sensor (called the crop factor).

This website does not use the angles of view provided by lens manufacturers, but calculates them automatically by the following formula: 114.6 * arctan (21.622 / CF * FL),

where:

CF – crop-factor of a sensor,
FL – focal length of a lens.

Mount

A lens mount is an interface — mechanical and often also electrical — between a camera body and a lens.

A lens mount may be a screw-threaded type, a bayonet-type, or a breech-lock type. Modern camera lens mounts are of the bayonet type, because the bayonet mechanism precisely aligns mechanical and electrical features between lens and body, unlike screw-threaded mounts.

Lens mounts of competing manufacturers (Canon, Nikon, Pentax, Sony etc.) are always incompatible. In addition to the mechanical and electrical interface variations, the flange focal distance from the lens mount to the film or sensor can also be different.

Lens construction

Lens construction – a specific arrangement of elements and groups that make up the optical design, including type and size of elements, type of used materials etc.

Element - an individual piece of glass which makes up one component of a photographic lens. Photographic lenses are nearly always built up of multiple such elements.

Group – a cemented together pieces of glass which form a single unit or an individual piece of glass. The advantage is that there is no glass-air surfaces between cemented together pieces of glass, which reduces reflections.

Flange focal distance

The flange focal distance (FFD), sometimes called the "flange back", is the distance from the mechanical rear end surface of the lens mount to the focal plane.

Focal length

The focal length is the factor that determines the size of the image reproduced on the focal plane, picture angle which covers the area of the subject to be photographed, depth of field, etc.

Speed

The largest opening or stop at which a lens can be used is referred to as the speed of the lens. The larger the maximum aperture is, the faster the lens is considered to be. Lenses that offer a large maximum aperture are commonly referred to as fast lenses, and lenses with smaller maximum aperture are regarded as slow.

In low-light situations, having a wider maximum aperture means that you can shoot at a faster shutter speed or work at a lower ISO, or both.

Closest focusing distance

The minimum distance from the focal plane (film or sensor) to the subject where the lens is still able to focus.

Closest working distance

The distance from the front edge of the lens to the subject at the maximum magnification.

Magnification ratio

Determines how large the subject will appear in the final image. For example, a magnification ratio of 1:1 means that the image of the subject formed on the film or sensor will be the same size as the subject in real life. For this reason, a 1:1 ratio is often called "life-size".

Manual focus override in autofocus mode

Allows to perform final focusing manually after the camera has locked the focus automatically. Note that you don't have to switch camera and/or lens to manual focus mode.

Manual focus override in autofocus mode

Allows to perform final focusing manually after the camera has locked the focus automatically. Note that you don't have to switch camera and/or lens to manual focus mode.

Electronic manual focus override is performed in the following way: half-press the shutter button, wait until the camera has finished the autofocusing and then focus manually without releasing the shutter button using the focusing ring.

Electromagnetic diaphragm control system

Provides highly accurate diaphragm control and stable auto exposure performance during continuous shooting.

Convex protruding front element

The convex front element protrudes from the lens barrel, making it impossible to use filters.

Number of blades

As a general rule, the more blades that are used to create the aperture opening in the lens, the rounder the out-of-focus highlights will be.

Some lenses are designed with curved diaphragm blades, so the roundness of the aperture comes not from the number of blades, but from their shape. However, the fewer blades the diaphragm has, the more difficult it is to form a circle, regardless of rounded edges.

At maximum aperture, the opening will be circular regardless of the number of blades.

Weight

Excluding case or pouch, caps and other detachable accessories (lens hood, close-up adapter, tripod adapter etc.).

Maximum diameter x Length

Excluding case or pouch, caps and other detachable accessories (lens hood, close-up adapter, tripod adapter etc.).

For lenses with collapsible design, the length is indicated for the working (retracted) state.

Weather sealing

A rubber material which is inserted in between each externally exposed part (manual focus and zoom rings, buttons, switch panels etc.) to ensure it is properly sealed against dust and moisture.

Lenses that accept front mounted filters typically do not have gaskets behind the filter mount. It is recommended to use a filter for complete weather resistance when desired.

Fluorine coating

Helps keep lenses clean by reducing the possibility of dust and dirt adhering to the lens and by facilitating cleaning should the need arise. Applied to the outer surface of the front and/or rear lens elements over multi-coatings.

Filters

Lens filters are accessories that can protect lenses from dirt and damage, enhance colors, minimize glare and reflections, and add creative effects to images.

Lens hood

A lens hood or lens shade is a device used on the end of a lens to block the sun or other light source in order to prevent glare and lens flare. Flare occurs when stray light strikes the front element of a lens and then bounces around within the lens. This stray light often comes from very bright light sources, such as the sun, bright studio lights, or a bright white background.

The geometry of the lens hood can vary from a plain cylindrical or conical section to a more complex shape, sometimes called a petal, tulip, or flower hood. This allows the lens hood to block stray light with the higher portions of the lens hood, while allowing more light into the corners of the image through the lowered portions of the hood.

Lens hoods are more prominent in long focus lenses because they have a smaller viewing angle than that of wide-angle lenses. For wide angle lenses, the length of the hood cannot be as long as those for telephoto lenses, as a longer hood would enter the wider field of view of the lens.

Lens hoods are often designed to fit onto the matching lens facing either forward, for normal use, or backwards, so that the hood may be stored with the lens without occupying much additional space. In addition, lens hoods can offer some degree of physical protection for the lens due to the hood extending farther than the lens itself.

Rotary zoom

The change of focal length is achieved by turning the zoom ring and the manual focusing - by turning the separate focusing ring.

Push/pull zooming allows for faster change of focal length, however conventional method based on the rotation of the zoom ring provides more accurate and smooth zooming.

Push/pull zoom

The change of focal length and the manual focusing is achieved by one and the same ring. The change of focal length happens when the photographer moves the ring towards the mount or backwards and the rotation of the ring leads to change of focus.

Push/pull zooming allows for faster change of focal length, however conventional method based on the rotation of the zoom ring provides more accurate and smooth zooming.

Zoom lock

The lens features a zoom lock to keep the zoom ring fixed. This function is convenient for carrying a camera with the lens on a strap because it prevents the lens from extending.

Power Zoom

The lens features electronically driven zoom mechanism. It provides smoother, more natural zoom movements than you could accomplish by hand.

The Holy Trinity of lenses

The Holy Trinity of lenses refers to a three-lens set that covers a focal length range from the ultra-wide focal length of 14-16mm all the way long to the telephoto focal length of 200mm. The set typically consists of a 16-35mm ultra-wide angle zoom lens, a 24-70mm standard zoom lens and a 70-200mm telephoto zoom lens and usually represents the best constant-aperture zoom lenses in a manufacturer's lineup. The set is designed to cover almost every genre of photography, be it landscapes, architecture, portraits, weddings, sports, travel or even wildlife (with teleconverter). However, it is also expensive, large and heavy.