New Supreme Prime Radiance lenses from Zeiss
Today, Zeiss introduces the Supreme Prime Radiance lenses, a new set of seven high-end cinematography lenses. According to the company, the lenses “are based on the high-speed Zeiss Supreme Prime lens family with the benefit of the new T*blue coating, which offers a distinctive look and consistent flares without any compromises.” This line comprises the following seven focal lengths: 21mm T1.5, 25mm T1.5, 29mm T1.5, 35mm T1.5, 50mm T1.5, 85mm T1.5 and 100mm T1.5.
The new line also seems to be in keeping with cine lenses from other brands, including models announced from Canon and Sony, in which “optical qualities” like lens flare, previously seen as optical elements you didn’t want in your footage, are now promoted and marketed.
How Much Flare?
But according to the company, filmmakers are looking for such effects. In response to demand, the company says it is integrating “flares to ensure greater creative freedom with the lenses.” Zeiss also says it is creating tools that “would allow this effect to be achieved at any time and in a controlled manner.” According to Zeiss, it’s the T* blue coating that allows filmmakers to create flares in the right light without any loss “in contrast or transmission.”
As noted earlier, the new line comprises seven primes with focal lengths of between 21 and 100 millimeters. Each lens has a maximum aperture of T1.5, which Zeiss claims will make it “possible to capture subtle nuances, even in poor light.” Zeiss also says the lenses have a smooth depth of field and elegant bokeh, plus they have an image circle diameter of 46.3 millimeters, which means they can cover the current large-format cinematography sensors, including Sony Venice, ARRI Alexa LF and Mini LF and RED Monstro. The lenses also have a front diameter of 95 millimeters, and weigh around 3.3 lbs. on average.
Zeiss Supreme Prime Radiance lens set will hit the market in April, 2020. You can order the set now through March 31, 2020, but you have to buy all seven focal lengths. At press time, there was no pricing on the set.
For more, see the press release below or go to zeiss.com/cine/radiance
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ZEISS Unveils New High-End Cinematography Optics: ZEISS Supreme Prime Radiance Lenses
A Modern Lens, based on ZEISS Supreme Prime lenses, with Controlled Flares
– orders possible by 31st March 2020!
Oberkochen/Germany, 7 November 2019–ZEISS has unveiled the ZEISS Supreme Prime Radiance lenses, an exclusive new set of seven high-end cinematography lenses. The lenses are based on the high-speed ZEISS Supreme Prime lens family with the benefit of the new T*blue coating, which offers a distinctive look and consistent flares without any compromises.
“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 filmmakers 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 of between 21 and 100 millimeters, all with a maximum aperture of T1.5. This makes it possible to capture subtle nuances, even in poor light.
“When we spoke to filmmakers and industry 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, which is due to the smooth depth of field and elegant bokeh, thus meeting users’ every artistic wish – from a blockbuster to a high-end commercial or a film d’auteur.
In addition to their flare behavior, the new lenses offer all the benefits of the ZEISS Supreme Primes. Thanks to their image circle diameter of 46.3 millimeters, they cover the current large- format cinematography sensors and are as such compatible with the latest camera models, such as the Sony Venice, ARRI Alexa LF, and Mini LF and RED Monstro. Moreover, they feature a front diameter of 95 millimeters with consistently positioned focus and aperture rings. They weigh around 1,500 grams 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 /i technology1 protocol. This simplifies and speeds up workflows, particularly for VFX and Virtual Production.
The ZEISS Supreme Prime Radiance lenses are available to order from announcement until March 31st, 2020. The seven focal lengths – 21 mm T1.5, 25 mm T1.5, 29 mm T1.5, 35 mm T1.5, 50 mm T1.5, 85 mm T1.5 and 100 mm T1.5 – are available exclusively as a set from ZEISS Cinema dealers. The lenses will be delivered from April 2020 after the end of the ordering period.
From November, 9th -16th ,2019, ZEISS will be unveiling its ZEISS Supreme Prime Radiance lenses for the first time before a large audience at the CAMERIMAGE International Film Festival in Toruń, Poland. The short film R&R by Rodrigo Prieto (DOP of movies like The Irishman, The Wolf of Wall Street and Brokeback Mountain) shot with ZEISS Supreme Prime Radiance lenses, will also be shown at the festival. 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
1: /i is a registered trademark of Cooke Optics Limited used with permission.