Zeiss Releases Budget-Friendly Cine Lenses

Zeiss CP.3
Zeiss has introduced 10 compact prime lenses with metadata, distortion correction, and shading.

Continuing our lens coverage at NAB 2017, Zeiss has unveiled CP. 3 and CP.3 XD compact primes capable of producing high image quality and usability.

The full-frame lenses feature the popular interchangeable mount system so they can be mounted to almost any camera and showcase the clean, crisp characteristics we're used to seeing from Zeiss. 

The family of lenses covers focal lengths from 15 and 135mm with a max speed of T.21 across 25 – 135mm and T2.9 for 15, 18, and 21mm. All the compact primes have a front diameter of 95mm and are lightweight, making them perfectly suited for hand-held filming or shooting with gimbals, drones, or Steadicam.

Zeiss has improved the focus to be noticeably smoother as well; according to the company, these lenses are comparable to its Master Primes. The focus rotation angle is 300°, which can be operated by a small motor. 

So, what's the difference between the CP. 3 and CP.3 XD? Metadata. The CP.3 XD features technology dubbed Zeiss eXtended Data, which stores the lens distortion and shading for every single frame.

Christophe Casenave, product manager at Zeiss, says, "Moreover, all /i-Technology metadata are recorded, including the focus distance, aperture value and depth of field, which is supported by most cameras."

Why? Well, if you're on a production with visual effects, this type of metadata is exactly what you'll need. It only takes a few clicks to modify the computer-generated image to fit the lens characters and to splice it together with the footage to create a realistic image. In post, you can further correct distortion and shading.

The Zeiss CP.3 lenses feature advanced lens coatings, painted lens rims, and special light traps within the barrel to eliminate unwelcome veiling glare and flares. The result is higher contrast, richer blacks, and more saturated colors.

Tech Specs

  • 15 – 135mm focal lengths
  • Interchangeable mount 
  • 95mm diameter
  • Metadata 
  • Supports high dynamic range projects 
  • Clean and crisp ZEISS look which matches perfectly with other ZEISS cinema lenses
  • Color matching and covering full frame across the full range of focal lengths from 15 to 135 mm
  • Special lens coatings support high-dynamic range project

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No news on prices yet?

April 25, 2017 at 2:28PM, Edited April 25, 2:28PM

Rean Combrinck
Film Maker

B&H currently has them listed somewhere between $4,000 and $6,000 per lens.

April 25, 2017 at 5:11PM

Anthony Berenato Jr.
Director / Cinematographer

Goal by 2018 is to be at a place with my filmmaking where I find these lenses affordable

April 25, 2017 at 2:58PM, Edited April 25, 2:58PM

John Haas

you and I both bro! until then I see a set of Cine DS lenses with my name all over them lol

April 25, 2017 at 7:59PM

Adam Arad

Any news on how these match up against the canon cine glass? Canon glass is much faster.

August 14, 2017 at 4:10PM, Edited August 14, 4:10PM

Walter Wallace

Torn between the CP.3 and the Canon Cine.... I love the canon speed and the ability to send lens data to the VF

August 14, 2017 at 4:48PM

Walter Wallace