18 April 2012

Zeiss introduces 70-200mm T2.9 and three T1.5 primes for cinematography

For all you quality conscious cinematographers filming with a DSLR, it is great to know you now have a couple of nice new options from Zeiss. Together with the introduction of their first zoom lens for this segment, they further extended their range of lenses specially catered for DSLR video shooters with three more fixed focal lenses.

The CZ.2 70-200mm T2.9 zoom is a manual focus lens with a diaphragm of 18 (!) blades, guarantee for very smooth out of focus rendering. Quality doesn't come cheap though: with an estimated price of €14,900 it is on the expensive side. Availability: end of this year.

Apart from the 70-200 zoom, Zeiss also introduces new 35mm (±€3,700), 50mm (±€3,300), and 85mm (±€3,300) T1.5 CP.2 Super Speed lenses. Availability: August this year.

To compensate a bit for the hefty price of these lenses, all four lenses have a replaceable mount, allowing for mounting on PL (Cinematography), EF (Canon), F (Nikon), or MFT (Micro Four Thirds) cameras.

Note: As is common for cinematography lenses, apertures for these lenses are given in T-stops instead of F-stops (T-stops take into account the loss of light inside the optics of the lens).

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