Zeiss expands Compact Prime range29 August 2012
Zeiss is adding 15mm and 135mm lenses to its Compact Prime CP.2 range. Thanks to their interchangeable mount system, the lenses can be attached to all standard HD DSLR cameras, as well as PL-mount video cameras.
The lenses also offer full-frame coverage on 36×24 sensors, while two new focal lengths extend its existing range (of nine lenses of 18mm to 100mm) at both ends of the spectrum.
Compact Prime CP.2 lenses are often used for shooting in small, confined spaces, where the CP.2 15/T2.9 should create more natural images, with “extremely well controlled” distortion, while horizontal and vertical lines are accurately captured in architectural settings and are claimed to be sharp to the edge of the picture (even on the largest-sensor cameras).
Features include: cine-style housing that takes all current, standardized follow focus systems; long standard focus rotation of 300° and smooth focus resistance for enhanced control, especially for shallow depth-of-field shots; 14-blade aperture for smooth, natural out of focus areas.
The Compact Prime CP.2 15/T2.9 weighs only 900 grams, while the 1.6kg 135mm T2.1 model is lightweight for this type of lens. Both will start shipping in the fourth quarter, for €4,200 each.