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ZEISS fans across the world had been guessing for a while: What would the new cine lenses be like? At the recent NAB Show 2012 (April 16-19), they finally got a chance to find out. Carl Zeiss presented six new lenses to the public: two Compact Prime CP.2 lenses (the CP.2 15/T2.9 and CP.2 135/T2.1), three Compact Prime CP.2 Super Speed lenses, and a Compact Zoom CZ.2 70-200/T2.9 lens. Among these new lens stars the visitors had plenty to see and experience. Carl Zeiss presented again its complete portfolio of professional cine and photo lenses – ranging from the famous Master Prime, Ultra Prime, Compact Prime CP.2 to SLR lenses. On top of that Carl Zeiss and its partner ARRI introduced the eagerly by the customers awaited anamorphic lens. The “Concept Anamorphic” is a working concept lens. The anamorphic lenses are being developed by Carl Zeiss together with ARRI. More details will be unveiled in September at the IBC Show 2012 in Amsterdam.
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Getting better and better
“We had our most successful NAB show and the reaction from our customers was overwhelming”, says Richard Schleuning, National Sales Manager of Carl Zeiss Americas. “From the new CP.2 prime lenses, to the ground-breaking Compact Zoom CZ.2 and the new Anamorphic concept lens, the feedback was very encouraging. This also included many comments from all over the world via Twitter and Facebook from those who were not able to attend the show. This regular dialogue with filmmakers is important, since it allows us to provide continuous improvement and additions to the product line based on their comments.”
New focal lengths: creativity knows no limits
The new focal lengths of the Compact Prime CP.2 of 15mm and 135mm open up many more creative possibilities by expanding the angle-of-view coverage from super wide to telephoto. Moreover, thanks to the lenses’ interchangeable mount system, the lenses can be attached to all standard HDSLR models, professional PL-mount cine and HD video cameras, providing maximum versatility. The Compact Prime CP.2 lenses also offer full-frame coverage on 36 x24 mm sensors. As a result, the complete angle of view can be employed, and the lenses will be compatible with future cameras that also have this sensor size.
Compact Prime CP.2 Super Speed lenses: Take flexibility even further
Cameramen who need to shoot under low-light conditions and love to play with a shallow depth of field will find everything they need with the three new Compact Prime CP.2 Super Speed lenses from Carl Zeiss. They are available with a speed of T1.5 and in focal lengths 35 mm, 50 mm and 85 mm.
Prior to the NAB 2012, German cinematographer Sebastian Wiegärtner had tested the Compact Prime CP.2 Super Speed lenses while shooting a short film (which could be viewed at the booth of Carl Zeiss and Sony) and had raved about the lenses’ speed: “We filmed for three days in outdoor locations, and about 80 percent of the shots were taken at night. The lenses’ speed was really effective in creating a medieval look for the two actors as it enabled us to use lighting accents in the form of torchlight. The resulting images achieved the desired look. They were both stylish and soft.”
Watch Tumulus shot with Compact Prime CP.2 Super Speed Lenses:
Sensational launch: The new Compact Zoom Lens
Amazing! Huge! Cool! Incredible! Lots of such euphoric reactions from visitors and fans on ZEISS’ Social Media channels accompanied the launch of the new Compact Zoom CZ.2 70-200/T2.9. „There has never been a zoom lens on the market with similar features. It gives the filmmaker the choice of a single lens in the short-long telephoto range, perfect for separating the fore- and background areas or for situations when the subject is a distance from the camera“, stresses Schleuning. „The Compact Zoom CZ.2 lens is a perfect complement to the smaller, lighter HD video and cine cameras introduced in the last year.”
Download Carl Zeiss Prime and Zoom lenses brochure.
Watch some additional videos presenting Carl Zeiss at NAB Show 2012.
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