Hubert Nasse of Zeiss has passed away, confirmed by Zeiss USA. I do not know the details.
I had great professional respect for Hubert. But he was also a rare individual with a spirit that I liked and admired greatly. I corresponded with him for years, and we hit up a friendship, and when I finally met him personally last October in Oberkochen, he was vibrant and full of life, with the promise of decades more to come. I am grateful that I had that opportunity, but it is hard to accept this news as real; it doesn’t want to sink in somehow. I will miss him.
From 2013.... Dr. Hubert Nasse of Carl Zeiss discusses the development of the new 55mm f/1.4 Distagon in a video over at the Carl Zeiss blog.