Today at the Entertainment Technology Expo, Rich Schleuning from Zeiss is showing photos of and talking about an exciting new line of lenses aimed at the video DSLR crossover market.
In response to the high level of interest in using DSLR’s for filmmaking, Carl Zeiss has modified its Compact Prime lenses for use with EF-mount cameras. These new lenses feature a bayonet mount for a direct fit to the EF-mount and do not require any modification of the camera or use of intermediate optics. Since the optics are based on the awarding winning ZEISS SLR lenses, they cover a full 24×36 image format without vignetting. In addition, the lenses feature an interchangeable mount system that can be changed to a PL mount. at any point in the future. This design allows the filmmaker to graduate to any number of existing or future cine cameras and still utilize the same set of lenses. The level of versatility, image quality and value is unprecedented for cine style lenses and brings a professional caliber tool to a wide range of filmmakers.
ZEISS Compact Prime II
- covers a full frame, 24×36 sensor
- lenses will be available in both EF and PL mount versions
- interchangeable mount system allows for easy upgrade
- cine style ergonomics
- manual focus with well damped resistance
- barrel dimensions are identical and lenses feature internal focusing
- each lens weighs between 2.0 – 2.2 pounds
- support bracket is included for additional lens stability
- 300 degree focus rotation
- 14-blade aperture
- geared for standard follow-focus
- calibrated focus scales
- 8 focal lengths available from18mm – 85mm
- estimated list price for a set of 6 lenses is under $20K. Lenses will also be sold in a Custom 3 Lens Set or individually.
- shipping May 2010
The lens will be ready to show by NAB where Zeiss will make the official announcement.
By the way, the photo is of a prototype. From Rich:
The attached photo shows a prototype version of the lens I took while visiting the factory two weeks ago. The lens is does not have the focus scale markings and the final version will be similar in appearance to the current Compact Prime PL mount lens. Additional product photos and press release will be issued in the coming weeks.