NAB 2017: Zeiss

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Zeiss announced a new line up of compact cinema glass this year at NAB, the CP.3 and CP.3 ΧD Lenses. Redefined with new technology and better ergonomics the new CP.3 series lenses consist of ten different focal lengths that range from 15mm all the way to 135mm. The new series covers all applications from wide-angle to telephoto.

The lenses also feature advanced lens coatings, painted lens rims, and special light traps within the lens barrel to reduce glare and flares you would get when using the CP.2s. These lenses also provide higher contrast, richer blacks, and more saturated colors.

Compared to the CP.2 series the CP.3 model is more compact and weigh less.

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Key Highlights:

  • Color matching and covering full frame across the full range of focal lengths from 15 to 135 mm
  • Consistent T-stops simplifies lighting on set and exposure compensations (T2.9 for 15 to 21 mm and T2.1 for 25 to 135 mm)
  • The compact and light-weight design is ideal for handheld, gimbal, drone and Steadicam applications

The zeiss-compact-prime-cp3-lenses-product-03Zeiss eXtended Data is a feature that gives the filmmaker even more creativity and choice. Via external LEMO interface the CP.3 lenses will give information about lens’ distortion, and shading characteristics in real-time to make your workflow even faster.  Lens settings are digitally captured every frame avoiding the need to manually record every shot.

Overall Zeiss makes high quality optics and if you are in the market for beautiful cinema glass like these or close to the CP.3s then be sure to search the web for Zeiss CP.2s because I am sure a lot of filmmakers will be moving up to the new CP.3 series and the price might drop on the older models.


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NAB 2017

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With day one in the books the 2017 NAB Show in Las Vegas, Nevada did not disappoint. Major players in the film making industry came out swinging with new product announcements. Atomos, Dji, Freefly, SmallHD, and Zeiss just to name a few, all with new products which will be available later this year.

Linked below is each company’s very own article discussing their new products, first impressions, and much more. There was just too much to cover in just one article. Click a company below to get started.


Dji      FreeFly Systems     SmallHD      Zeiss      Panasonic