April 10, 2013

NAB 2013 Lens Roundup: What's New from Zeiss, Canon, Schneider, Cooke, Angénieux & More

It's been an exciting week so far, with announcements to please and shock just about everyone. With camera technology changing every time we turn our backs, it's hard to keep up -- but quality glass is built to stay. Read on for the latest lens tech and a concise round-up of the new lenses that showed their faces at NAB 2013.

Canon 35mm Cine Prime:

  • T-stop TBA
  • Joins Canon's family of the 14mm T3.1, 24mm T1.5, 50 T1.3, 85 T1.3, 135 T2.2 cinema primes
  • Availability unknown

Carl Zeiss 28-80mm Compact Zoom:

  • T2.9
  • Full Frame Coverage
  • Interchangeable lens mounts
  • 4.5 lbs
  • $19,900
  • Available in July

Schneider Xenon FF Primes:

  • Common aperture of T2.1
  • Full frame coverage
  • 35mm, 50mm, 75mm
  • Nikon F, Canon EF or PL
  • 3.3 lbs each
  • Available end of the year

ARRI/ZEISS Master Anamorphics:

  • Common speed of T1.9
  • 35mm, 50mm, 75mm
  • Shipping in May

Zunow Imperial Series Primes:

  • Common aperture of T1.5
  • 25mm, 35mm, 50mm, 85mm
  • 12mm T2.8 and 120mm T2.0 coming in the future
  • Availability unknown

Scorpio Anamorphic Primes:

  • T2
  • 2x Squeeze
  • A full set announced covering 24mm-300mm
  • Availability unknown

Angénieux 2S Anamorphic Zooms:

  • 56-152mm T4
  • 2x squeeze
  • No breathing
  • PL or PV mount
  • 4.8 lbs
  • Available early 2014
  • Two more lenses in the works to cover 30-240mm

Cooke 2x Anamorphic/i Primes:

  • Common speed of T2.3
  • 25, 32, 40, 50, 75, 100, and 135mm
  • PL mount
  • /i Lens metadata

Hot damn, that's a lot of good looking glass. Which ones will be the winners? Share your thoughts in the comments below.

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I have faith that every one of these lenses will be of superb quality.

April 10, 2013

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alex

Cookes for sure.

April 10, 2013

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Brian

Interested in trying out that Zeiss 28-90

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john jeffreys

Wood is good and steel is real but glass is better than ass.

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Matthew

You forgot one thing that they all have in common, I can't afford any of them. haha but no really they all look like amazing quality glass and I would love to use but for now I'll stick with my vintage nikon nikkors and Samyang Cine lenses.

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Austin

+1 for samyang.

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freiheit

We can still dream, damnit!

April 10, 2013

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Micah Van Hove
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The more I find my self dreaming about gear the less I find my self making films and maybe it just happens to me but its a very bad thing haha

April 11, 2013

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Austin

Yeah, it's true, and a great point. I think despite all of our gear coverage here at nofilmschool, we try to remind people of that. I agree with you.

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Micah Van Hove
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a lot of new anamorphic lenses this year, I'm still sticking with my Cinemorph filter from Vid-Atlantic because of those prices lol

April 10, 2013

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Derek

I'd never heard of this, but now that I saw it I really liked it. Probably going to get one, thanks for the tip!

April 11, 2013

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There's a huge market for anamorphic rental at the moment, a good response from manufacturers! Will be interesting to see the unique properties of each of these...

April 10, 2013

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WillS

Zeiss Anamorphic Master Primes will be used by Hollywood EXTENSIVELY. Really want to try one of those bad boys out!

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Bit disappointing there's no lens announcements for us low budget shooters. Its not all about Hollywood you know. Surely more companies can make some simple primes for us.

April 17, 2013

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Paul Abrahams