Zeiss has announced two new cine lenses that will also be on display at the National Association of Broadcasters (NAB) Show 2014 in early April.
When you think about Zeiss, there are two things that come to mind: superior optical quality and high prices. Nevertheless, the Germany-based company will not change its view regarding the digital camera world and it has introduced two new high-quality and expensive lenses.
The new Compact Zoom CZ.2 15-30mm T2.9 and the Master Anamorphic MA 135mm T1.9 cine lenses will be present at the NAB Show 2014, which begins on April 5 with the press conferences and opens its doors to visitors as of April 7.
Zeiss unveils third Compact Zoom cine lens
The Zeiss CZ.2 15-30mm T2.9 lens is the third addition to the Compact Zoom series. The line-up already includes the CZ.2 28-80mm T2.9 and the CZ.2 70-200mm T2.9 cine lenses, but now it enters the wide-angle range, courtesy of the CZ.2 15-30mm T2.9 optic.
According to the press release, the new product provides an “extreme” angle-of-view and distortion-free pictures.
Zeiss adds that the optical quality matches the one provided only by the company’s prime lenses, while offering more versatility allowing cinematographers to save time by not switching lenses so often.
Zeiss CZ.2 15-30mm T2.9 lens is aimed at full frame cameras
This new Compact Zoom lens has been designed for full frame cameras and will come in five versions, including ARRI PL, Canon EF, Nikon F, Micro Four Thirds, and Sony E-mount.
Nevertheless, Zeiss specifies that the CZ.2 15-30mm T2.9 lens will work perfectly with digital cameras that come packed with a Super 35mm image sensor. The optic will work in crop mode and will offer even sharper pictures with better contrast.
The cutting-edge lens will support the rigors of 4K video recording without problems, Zeiss adds. The T* coating minimizes reflections, while its optical design provides sweet bokeh, which is great for documentary, music, and all types of videos.
Availability details regarding the Zeiss CZ.2 15-30mm T2.9 cine lens
Zeiss CZ.2 15-30mm T2.9 lens is a rugged product. It can withstand water and dust, therefore filmmakers will not have to worry about putting too much stress on it.
The release date of the new product has been set for August 2014. The price will stand at $23,900 in the US and €17,900 in Europe.
Filmmakers can buy a bundle containing all Zeiss Compact Zoom lenses for a price of $59,900 / €44,999.
ARRI/Zeiss Master Anamorphic MA 135mm T1.9 lens is almost official
As for the new ARRI/Zeiss Master Anamorphic MA 135mm T1.9 lens, it will be revealed in its entirety at the NAB Show 2014.
It is the seventh Master Anamorphic prime lens, now covering a focal length range from 35mm to 135mm, all providing a maximum aperture of T1.9.
The German maker says that the product has been developed in collaboration with ARRI and will be available for PL-mount cameras. The entire specs list and availability details will become official in early April during the Las Vegas-based event.