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by Christopher Wesser, Planar T* 1.4/85

by Christopher Wesser


You know that feeling? You’re hungry, so you go into one of those infamous system catering restaurants such as Burger-Donalds, Sub-piano, or Dunkin Fried Chicken and stare in awe and anticipation at the talented masters of culinary delights, who conjure gourmet food full of passion and inspiration. No? Me neither. Let’s be honest though, nearly everyone indulges in these unhealthy snacks now and again, purely because they’re simpler and faster.


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Something evil is brewing in Switzerland – an inexplicable, dark cloud. Where it comes from, nobody knows. But you can be sure a storm is coming. It’s not a great feeling for the people of a neutral country long untouched by the many problems facing neighboring countries. The abyss that is opening up in Switzerland is the subject of the film “Heimatland” (‘Wonderland’), by ten young Swiss directors who dare to take a critical view of their native country.


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Dust swirls, rocks fly in all directions, a mountain bike takes a daring jump over a cliff – and a two-member film team is right in the middle of the action. Kneeling on the ground, Josua Stäbler and Hagen Wagner are filming a group of youngsters who are here doing their hobby: racing down the Andean mountains on their mountain bikes.
Action and intimacy are the polar opposites that characterize a documentary they made about this, called ‘Out of the Shadow’.

In order for two people to film at an altitude of 2,700-4,800 meters, the team had to minimize their equipment without compromising on quality. Their camera suitcase contained the ARRI Amira, while the optics suitcase had both the fixed-focal length ZEISS Compact Prime CP.2 15/T2.9 lenses as well as ZEISS Compact Zoom CZ.2 28-80 /T2.9 and CZ.2 70-200 /T2.9 lenses. Armed with this gear, they were able to master even the most difficult challenges while producing their documentary.

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Be part of a new era of professional photography – with the new ZEISS Batis 2/25 and ZEISS Batis 1.8/85 lenses for mirrorless full-frame system cameras from Sony. This lens family impresses not only through outstanding image quality and an innovative design,

but also with its OLED display that allows users to optimally set the depth of field. Capture unique moments – manually or with autofocus.

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Toni Ahvenainen created a yearlong personal photography project to find his own way of seeing the world through the viewfinder. To complete this project he persistently carried his camera everywhere for a full year and reflected his identity as a photographer through various subjects.

The ZEISS Touit 2.8/12 and 2.8/50M were also part of this adventure which draw attention in social media and, in the end, became something more to him than just a personal project.
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The ZEISS Batis lens family is ideal for users of full-format system cameras from Sony, currently α7/ 7R/ 7S/ 7 II. ZEISS Batis lenses optimally use modern, high-resolution camera sensors to provide outstanding image resolution down to the finest details.

Dr. Michael Pollmann, Product and Program Manager for Consumer Lenses in the Camera Lenses business unit of Carl Zeiss AG, answers the most frequently asked questions.

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Into the Wild

He hangs from cliffs and dives out of helicopters. Whenever and where ever there is adventure, David Clifford is in his element.

The ace photographer from Aspen, Colorado has a legendary reputation in the outdoor sports scene. ZEISS lenses are with him on every assignment and each adventure.
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