The third member of the Compact Zoom range has been released, taking the cine zoom line-up in to the wide-angle range. The new Zeiss Compact Zoom CZ.2 15-30/T2.9 is claimed to stand out for its ‘optical brilliance, as well as its distortion-free images,’ and is available for €17,900 or US$ 23,900 (plus VAT). It complements the existing CZ.2 28-80/T2.9 and CZ.2 70-200/T2.9 lenses, each of which cost €14,900.
Zeiss maintains that three zoom lenses will allow cinematographers to master ‘an enormous range of shooting situations without having to resort to frequent time-consuming lens switches’.
The company also claimed that the lenses ‘are the only cine-style zooms in the world with full-frame coverage’. They comply with 4K production standards and, like the Compact Prime CP.2 lenses, are ideal for cameras with sensors measuring up to 36x24mm, where the sweet-spot effect ensures the highest quality in terms of sharpness, light and contrast.
However, they also work with larger 8K-sensors, such as the Red Weapon, with an image circle diameter of about 46mm (with minimal limitations at certain focal lengths and aperture settings).
The lenses use an interchangeable mount system (IMS), making them suitable for cameras with EF-, F-mount and professional HD video and movie cameras with E-, MFT- and PL-mount.