Today on the Zeiss Camera Lens Blog, Dr. Michael Pollmann, Consumer Lenses Product and Program Manager in the Carl Zeiss Camera Lenses Division, gave an interview regarding Zeiss’ entry into the mirror less system lens market. Fueled by the success of the Sony NEX-7 and Fuji X-Pro1, Zeiss is developing three primes: 2.8/12, 1.8/32 and 2.8/50 macro. There are no plans for μ4/3 mount lenses.
These lenses will be autofocus designs that can be focused manually. Additionally, the X-mount versions will have a manual aperture setting. Unlike the ZM, ZF.2, & ZE lines of lenses, these lenses will be made of lighter materials and super high quality glass. Think of the Zeiss 1.8/24 offered by Sony for the NEX and you will have an idea of the quality of construction. I personally hope they use a better design for the hood. Mine fell apart a few days after I got it.
Lenses are expected to ship spring/summer 2013 and will be around €1000.