ZEISS unveils new high-end cinematography lenses

GTC sponsor ZEISS has unveiled its new Supreme Prime Radiance lenses, an exclusive set of seven high-end cinematography lenses. Based on the high-speed ZEISS Supreme Prime lens family, they offer the benefit of the new T*blue coating, which results in an uncompromising look as well as controllable, consistent flares.

“The ZEISS Supreme Prime Radiance lenses deliver stunning, consistent flares across all focal lengths that cinematographers can create at will,” says Christophe Casenave, Product Manager for Cinema Products at ZEISS. “The new lens family has been infused with ZEISS’s experience and passion for premium-quality cinematography lenses – combined with its aspiration to support movie-makers throughout the creative process,” says Casenave.

Controlled images that exude artistic flair

The ZEISS Supreme Prime Radiance lenses are available as a set of seven focal lengths between 21 and 100mm, all with a maximum aperture of T1.5. This makes it possible to capture subtle nuances, even in poor light conditions.

“When we spoke to movie-makers and experts, we took a close look at the appeal of flares and their unique impact on the atmosphere of a movie,” says Casenave.

He describes how ZEISS is responding to users’ needs to integrate flares to ensure greater creative freedom with the lenses,

“We didn’t just want to reproduce the effects, but to create tools that would allow this effect to be achieved at any time and in a controlled manner, and so the T* blue coating was born.”

The new coating allows users to create flares in the right light without any losses in contrast or transmission – and in the high quality that customers have come to expect from ZEISS. The versatility of the lenses can be used to create this visual look, with a smooth depth of field and elegant bokeh, meaning that users' artistic needs are met whether delivering a blockbuster, a high-end commercial or a film d’auteur.

Compact, lightweight full-frame lenses

In addition to their flare behaviour, the new lenses offer all the benefits of the ZEISS Supreme Primes. Thanks to their image circle diameter of 46.3 millimetres, they cover the current largeformat cinematography sensors and are compatible with the latest camera models, such as the Sony Venice, ARRI Alexa LF and Mini LF and RED Monstro. They also feature a front diameter of 95 millimeters with consistently positioned focus and aperture rings, and weigh in at only 1.5kg on average.

The lenses are equipped with the ZEISS eXtended Data metadata technology launched in 2017, providing frame-by-frame data on lens vignetting and distortion in addition to the standard metadata provided using the Cooke’s /i technology** protocol. This simplifies and speeds up workflows, particularly for VFX and Virtual Production.

Limited availability

The ZEISS Supreme Prime Radiance lenses are available to order until 31 March 2020 in the following focal lengths:

  • 21mm T1.5
  • 25mm T1.5
  • 29mm T1.5
  • 35mm T1.5
  • 50mm T1.5
  • 85mm T1.5
  • 100mm T1.5

They are available exclusively as a set from ZEISS Cinema dealers and will be delivered from April 2020 after the end of the ordering period.

ZEISS unveiled the Supreme Prime Radiance lenses before a large audience at the CAMERIMAGE International Film Festival in Toruń, Poland. After CAMERIMAGE, ZEISS will be running a series of events at various rental houses around the world to give cinematographers the chance to try out the new lenses.

To find out more, please visit www.zeiss.com/cine/radiance.


** /i is a registered trademark of Cooke Optics Limited used with permission

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