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Cinematography

The view from the cockpit of a large airplane has always fascinated people. Unfortunately, with today’s security regulations, it is an experience denied most of us as airline passengers. Thomas Aigner, a former television journalist and media entrepreneur, offers a solution with his documentation film project PilotsEYE.tv. He views the flight through the extreme wide angle of the Compact Prime CP.2 lens series from ZEISS. From the coveted middle seat between captain and co-pilot, Aigner’s film crew directs the ‘filming’ eye of the brand-new CP.2 15 mm/T2.9 lens, which is combined with compact HD professional movie cameras. That lets the viewer see exactly what is happening during the flight through the eyes of the pilot.

On the way to work: The movie gear (CP.2 15 mm/T2.9, EOS C 300) is still on the ground with the film crew waiting to board the cockpit of the 777F, Boeing’s latest cargo airplane, with airline AeroLogic (a joint venture between DHL/Lufthansa Cargo). Flight BOX512/519 will go from Leipzig (LEJ) via Bergamo (BGY) to Hong Kong (HKG).

On the way to work: The movie gear (CP.2 15 mm/T2.9, EOS C 300) is still on the ground with the film crew waiting to board the cockpit of the 777F, Boeing’s latest cargo airplane, with airline AeroLogic (a joint venture between DHL/Lufthansa Cargo). Flight BOX512/519 will go from Leipzig (LEJ) via Bergamo (BGY) to Hong Kong (HKG).

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ZEISS Touit

Fashion and beauty photographer Sonja Dirscherl aka MIA ROYAL tested exclusively the new ZEISS Touit 2.8/50M against the tough conditions of a studio. And she is enthusiastic. The light and flexible combination of a system camera with a Touit exceeded expectations compared to a full-frame camera — that latter the ‘normal’ benchmark for professional photography.

X-E2, Touit 2.8/50M, f/13, 1/160 sec, ISO 200

X-E2, Touit 2.8/50M, f/13, 1/160 sec, ISO 200
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Lights in the Night

David Bumann reveals mountains in the darkness of night and in the bright glow of pyrotechnics and light effects. His images, taken with long exposure times and often a great deal of effort, are both unusual and impressive. And he captures them with ZEISS lenses.

EOS 5D Mark II, Distagon T* 3,5/18, f/3,5, 16 sec, ISO 100

„Summit stars”: Arolla with view of the mountain range near Aiguille de la Tsa, November 27, 2013, 6:30 pm
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Look at David Bumann‘s pictures and you think of photo montage: Red, shimmering mountain ranges — without any Alpenglühen? Brightly lit snow fields — in the middle of the night? Illuminated railroad bridges — in remote valleys? But that impression deceives. The mountain is really shining, and the snow fields and bridges really are lit up.

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ZEISS Touit

Christian Dandyk likes to work with compact system cameras. And he appreciates the excellent imaging quality of ZEISS Touit lenses. He also feels the new Sony Alpha 7R with full-frame sensor can be easily combined with Touit lenses, which are optimized for APS-C sensors. 

Touit 2.8/12 with the Sony Alpha 7R

Touit 2.8/12 with the Sony Alpha 7R

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Lights in the Night

Like many photographers, the Golden Gate Bridge is one Matt Walker’s most popular motifs. When the fog lies low in the bay of San Francisco he’s off, searching for the best spot from which to capture the lights of the Golden Gate Bridge in the far distance – especially at dusk and at night. And with his ZEISS lenses in tow, he produces impressive images every time.

D800, Distagon T* 2/35, f/16, 67 s, ISO 100

"Morning Glory”: View of the Marin Headlands and Golden Gate Bridge. In the background: San Francisco
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Cinematography

"Escape" is a dramatic and sensitive journey played through the delicate performance of Sara Tonkin to showcase the new Cine Zooms from ZEISS.  Presented for the first time at the ZEISS Cine Lens Day 2013, British DOP Den Lennie demonstrates how ZEISS lenses are first and foremost tools for creativity that deliver the highest quality.

Sara Tonkin at a vanity table preparing for the shoot

Sara Tonkin at a vanity table preparing for the shoot

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Lights in the Night

A clear night sky has always appealed to Loscar Numael. No smog and no light pollution — conditions you will only find outside in nature. When Numael points his ZEISS lenses at the sky — toward the Milky Way above California, for example, or the Northern Lights  he loses himself in another world. With fascinating photographic results.

D800E, Distagon T* 2,8/15, f/2.8, 23, ISO 6400

„Existence“: Northern Lights above Tombstone Territorial Park, Yukon, Northwest Canada
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Around four years ago, Loscar Numael was gripped: during a trip to Oregon (USA) he experimented for the first time with taking landscape images at night. He liked the results so much that night photography has been a fixed element in his photographic adventures ever since. During these trips he always takes five ZEISS lenses with him. He entered the “world of ZEISS” around five years go. He used his first ZEISS optic — a head loupe needed for his studies. From there it was just a small step to the Distagon T* 2,8/21, whose precision thrilled him so much that he gradually came to augment his photo gear exclusively with ZEISS lenses: the Distagon T* 2/35, the Makro-Planar T* 2/50, the Makro-Planar T* 2/100 and finally the Distagon T* 2,8/15.

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Cinematography

Los Angeles, Cannes, Berlin. There are many cities in the world associated with important events in the film industry. In most cases, the films, actors and directors are the center of attention. Seldom is the spotlight on the people who work with the cameras and lenses. Not so in Jena, Germany. With the Cine Lens Day, ZEISS has created a special event that focuses on these professionals and their needs. 

This was the fifth edition of the Cine Lens Day, and it didn’t take place just anywhere. By staging it in Jena from November 13-14, 2013, ZEISS chose to hold its event in the birthplace of the optics industry. And when ZEISS calls, they come: more than 120 directors of photography, rental experts and other partners from 25 countries including Japan, India, China and the United States, showed up in cozy Jena. Among them were well-known names from the film industry, including Denny Clairmont, owner of Hollywood’s largest rental firm, and many internationally active DOPs including Stijn van der Veken, Tom Fährmann and Maher Maleh, who came to share their perspective as users of ZEISS cine lenses.

The ZEISS Cine Lens Day 2013 kicks off in the ZEISS Planetarium

The ZEISS Cine Lens Day 2013 kicks off in the ZEISS Planetarium

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Architectural Wanderings

Spain is teeming with architectural masterpieces from the Middle Ages, the early and later Gothic periods, as well as works of well-known 19th and early 20th century architects.  There is also plenty of modern 21st century architecture to make a photographer’s heart beat a little faster.  When David Aguado photographs these jewels, ZEISS lenses are among his most important companions.

5D Mark II, Distagon T* 2/35, f/2, 1/250, ISO 800

Historic façade in the old city of Salamanca
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