April 21, 2010: Carl Zeiss has developed what it claims is the first set of cine lenses designed especially for HD DSLR cameras: the Compact Prime CP.2 lenses.
The Compact Prime CP.2 lenses feature interchangeable mounts that allow them to be used with a wide range of cameras, from traditional cine to DSLR systems. Available with three different mounts – PL, EF and F – this new family of lenses free image-makers in their choice of camera systems.
The lenses can be upgraded to any number of existing or future cine and still cameras, rendering them ‘future-proof’.
The lenses’ cine-style housing dimensions, focus and iris gear positions and front diameter are the same for the standard lens set. The longer focus rotation and the possibility for manual focus give users added flexibility. The iris opening consists of 14 high-precision blades, which stay consistently round and symmetrical over the entire T-stop range. This translates into natural and pleasing out-of-focus highlights and a smooth bokeh. The modern lens design and tight tolerances ensure low distortion, high resolution and excellent colour rendition.
The Compact Prime CP.2 lenses cover the full-frame 24 x 36mm image format without vignetting.
Carl Zeiss says the new lenses will be available from June this year.