Engineering Service, Inc.
The ZEISS Supreme Prime line-up of full-frame (and high-end) cine lenses keeps on expanding: ZEISS just announced three new lenses, two of them were already on the roadmap but one is completely new: the 40mm T1.5 is meant to fill the gap between the 35mm T1.5 and the 50mm T1.5.
Back in 2018 ZEISS not only launched the first few lenses but released a roadmap of lenses to come, for example, the now announced 18mm T1.5 and the 200mm T2.2. The addition of a 40mm T1.5 is a bit of a surprise since this lens didn’t show up on any roadmap but here it is. Here’s Christophe Casenave, responsible for cinema products at ZEISS, on the matter:
Since launching these lenses, we have been in constant contact with customers worldwide and will continue to work on further enhancing this family. We added the new lens in order to respond flexibly to our customers’ desire to close the gap between the 35 and 50 millimeter focal length.
Although 18mm is a pretty extreme focal length, this is not the end yet. ZEISS will be adding a 15mm T1.8 by mid-2021. That makes 14 lenses in total for the Supreme Prime family of lenses.
All the lenses across the family cover full frame and even bigger sensors with an image circle of 46.3 mm. The Supreme Prime lenses are color matched across the full range. Most lenses feature a 95mm front diameter and each lens has a standardized positioning of the focus and iris rings.
Since these lenses are meant to be used in a high-end cine/commercial environment, they feature the so-called eXtended Data interface.
With it, you can record key lens data based on the Cooke /i* Technology and the ZEISS distortion and shading lens data. After recording on set together with the video files, they can be applied in post-production for compositing for example by using the ZEISS developed lens plugin.
The lenses are pretty much user-customizable in terms of lens mount (PL, ARRI LPL and Canon EF) and you can even swap the scale from meters to feet and vice-versa with just a T4 Torx driver.
These lenses are going to be very expensive so don’t even ask. The new 18mm T1.5, 40mm T1.5, and the 200mm T2.2 will be available by September 2020, the 15mm T1.8 will be ready by mid-2021.
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