Monday, April 12, 2010

Zeiss Compact Primes

Carl Zeiss has introduced what it claims to be the world’s first set of cine lenses designed especially for HDSLR cameras: the Compact Prime CP.2 lenses.

The Compact Prime CP.2 lenses introduce interchangeable mounts that allow the lenses to be used with a wide range of cameras, from traditional cine to HDSLR systems. They will be available with three different mounts – PL, EF and F. The lenses can be upgraded to any number of existing or future cine and still cameras while enabling cinematographers to still utilize the same set of lenses. [My understanding is that the mount can be changed on the lens, but it's not really an end-user operation.]

  • full-frame 24 x 36 image format without vignetting
  • common aperture of T2.1 for the standard set
  • standard housing dimensions
  • standard focus and iris gear positions
  • consistent front diameter
  • robust construction
  • longer focus rotation and a manual focus
  • stable exposure due to manual operated aperture
  • 14 blade iris

Zeiss promises low distortion, high resolution and excellent color rendition with these lenses. They will be available in June 2010.

Zeiss: Cinematography

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