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Zeiss Unveils New Full-Frame Interchangeable Mount Cinema Lenses

08.30.12 @ 5:10PM Tags : , , , ,

Not to be outdone by Canon’s recent lens announcement, Zeiss today unveiled a few new full-frame 35mm cinema lenses to round out their lineup. The two lenses announced, a CP.2 25mm T/2.1, and a CZ.2 28-80mm T/2.9, complement a selection of lenses that are somewhat future proof because of the frame size they cover and their interchangeable lens mounts. The Compact Zoom, like most cinema zooms, is going to be a rental for most people, but it’s one of the few real cinema zooms in existence that keeps focus through the entire zoom range and covers the full-frame 35mm image circle (36mm x 24mm).

Here is a little bit from the press release on the CZ.2 thanks to Matthew Duclos of Duclos Lenses:

This is the second Compact Zoom CZ.2 lens from Carl Zeiss, complementing the Compact Zoom CZ.2 70-200/T2.9 presented in April at the NAB Show 2012 in Las Vegas for the longer focal length range. For color rendition, contrast and other parameters such as great flare suppression, calibrated focus scales, consistent aperture over the zoom range, round iris the new CZ.2 family is closely aligned to one another, making these lenses ideal for attaining a consistent optical performance when changing lenses.

About the CP.2 lens:

Our optical experts have virtually eliminated the chromatic aberrations on these lenses through a special design and selection of materials. We can now offer a constant max T-Stop of 2.1 for all of our CP.2 lenses in the focal length range of 25-135mm.

The zoom lens weighs in at only 5.5lbs., which is exceptional for a lens of its performance (meaning minimal breathing and focus retention). Many have been looking for a CP.2 25mm T/2.1 (including me), and it was only a matter of time before we saw one. While not as fast as Canon’s 24mm T/1.5, There’s no question we’ll be seeing a lens like that added to the new Super Speed line. There doesn’t seem to be a price yet, but since they are going to phase out the old 25mm T/2.9, I would imagine that this lens will slot right in there. The new CZ.2 is going to run around $20,000, very similar to Canon’s new zoom lenses.

What do you guys think? For those who can’t afford the CP.2 primes, what did you think of them if you’ve rented them? Are these new lenses a welcome addition?


[via Circle of Confusion - Matthew Duclos]


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  • john jeffreys on 08.30.12 @ 5:26PM

    that 28-80 sounds dope. their other compact zoom, the 14.5-45, only covered super 35/aps-c so its nice to see this one being full frame

  • Why are their lenses so expensive. I know there are lots of rental houses who go for these things thus making them within reach of many filmmakers in the States and Europe. But, here in Africa (Nigeria, having the third largest film industry – in terms of volume not content, quality or returns – a new generation of filmmakers who know a thing or two about cinematography and content will like to work with these things but they are no where in sight or within reach!

  • “Are these new lenses a welcome additional?”

    * Addition.

  • I love shooting with the CP.2′s so I’m very happy to have the additions. It’s hard to shoot on anything less after getting used to how much they simplify rigging the camera (matte box, FF, balance, etc..)

  • The zoom lens is particularly appealing for me to rent, because I would only need to rent a couple of other lenses to cover my normal angles, even on a Super35mm/APS-C format.

  • Not having the financial means to own one of these complete with cinema refinements, may I suggest taking a hard look at the 28-85 contax / zeiss f 3.3. I have had this lens for 15 years, and just recently got another on eBay for $400. I can tell you, the image is magic. The quality of that image made for still shooting is astounding, colors are breathless, sharpness – well, if it is good for Kodachrome 25 . . . .I think you get the drift.

    OK, you are not going to get the gears, it is a push pull zoom which negates a follow focus arrangement, it does not auto everything and it is F3.3-4.0. So what of it? It is the image you are after. It is there. The boketh is lovely, the handling typical Zeiss, and it works out for full frame and S35 at 42-128 or so. Yes and you will have to get a wide angle (the Voigtlander 15mm is about the best anywhere)

    I have used lots of lenses, but something about a Zeiss keeps drawing me back over and over again. Can’t afford the $20L lens, then do yourself a favor and get this one. It will make a convert out of you. And you get to own it without having to mortgage your wife either!

  • It is not only African countries under severe budget constraints. Story will almost always win over image quality ultimately. Doesn’t mean you can use crappy optics, but chances are you won’t be ostracized for not using top equipment if you can tell top stories.