Compact CP.3 lenses look sharp

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The ten-lens CP.3 series of primes are smaller than the previous Zeiss CP.2 range, with several other improvements.

Matt Brooks, regional sales manager, Zeiss, said: “The lens design is exactly the same, but they have got different coating on the glass, which gives a much sharper image.”

“The one thing that the CP.2 did suffer with is that in a cold environment the focus ring became sticky,” he continued, adding that this was something that has been rectified with the new lenses.

The CP.3 is also lighter and more compact, making it more suitable for use on drones or for handheld applications, according to the company. Each new lens is the same height, so follow focus and other controls can be in the same position, and all have the same diameter (95mm).

The new lenses will cost a little more (about £3,000-£4,000 each depending on focal length) than the previous range. The 15, 18 and 21mm lenses are T2.9, while the rest of the range (25, 28, 35, 50, 85, 100 and 135mm) are T2.1. All of the lenses now cover
full-frame sensors (the 18mm CP.2 did not).

There are also CP.3 XD models (for eXtended Data), which uses Cooke’s /i Technology but also includes lens distortion and shading characteristics, making it easier to correct for these in post.