Actors, directors and cameramen – everyone wants one: an Oscar®, the most coveted award in all of filmdom. Carl Zeiss and partner ARRI have reached the top. Carl Zeiss employees Uwe Weber and his recently deceased colleague Dr. Jürgen Noffke received the ©A.M.P.A.S.® Scientific and Engineering Award® in Los Angeles for the outstanding Master Prime lenses.
Every year, the eyes of the world turn to the west coast of the USA, the City of Angels to be precise. It is there in Los Angeles that the coveted Oscars® are presented. Surrounded by pomp and circumstance, the award ceremony for best actor, actress, producer and director is simply the event. Carl Zeiss was also caught up in the festivities this year. After all, ZEISS is a well-known name in Hollywood thanks to its cine lenses. This year’s Scientific and Engineering Award® went to Carl Zeiss and its partner ARRI. Zeissians Dr. Jürgen Noffke and Uwe Weber received the award for the optical and mechanical design of the jointly developed Master Prime lenses. This is the third Scientific and Engineering Award® for Carl Zeiss after 1987 and 1999.
Dr. Winfried Scherle, Vice President and General Manager of the Camera Lens Division, is of course proud of this accomplishment: “Our objective is to provide movie makers with lenses that open up entirely new creative possibilities. It makes us very proud that this ambition has been honored with the award for our Master Prime lenses.” Carl Zeiss and ARRI have been working on the development and manufacture of cine lenses for more than 70 years. “The close cooperation between the two companies and customers has made it possible to develop extraordinary and unique products – such as the Master Prime lenses,” states Franz Kraus, Member of the Board at ARRI.
Numerous Oscar-winning movies were filmed with ZEISS lenses, including The Lord of the Rings trilogy. The Master Prime line of lenses established new standards along the way. It combines particularly high speed, image clarity, perfect contrast rendition and color fidelity, to allow movie makers to capture the mood of a scene as realistically as possible – be it an action scene or the facial expressions of the actors.