ZEISS Supreme Primes announced, a new high-end Cinema lens line-up

ZEISS Supreme Primes

Zeiss announced the development of a new lens line-up, “Supreme Prime”. The first ZEISS Supreme Primes lenses with focal lengths of 25, 29, 35, 50, and 85 millimeters will be available starting on August 1, 2018. The ZEISS Supreme Prime 100 millimeter will be available in December 2018. The set of six lenses, consisting of the focal lengths mentioned above, is available from ZEISS Cinema lens dealers for 108,000 USD. The remaining focal lengths will be released successively until 2020.

The ZEISS Supreme Primes will be presented to the general public for the first time at the CineGear expo in Los Angeles on June 1, 2018.

Zeiss press release:

New High-End Cinema Lens Family ZEISS Supreme Primes

With its 13 high-speed, full-frame, prime lenses for high-quality film productions, ZEISS is focusing on maximum quality, low weight, and significant versatility when it comes to creating superb visual imagery.

OBERKOCHEN/Germany, 2018-05-24.

ZEISS has introduced a new family of high-speed lenses for high-end film production: The ZEISS Supreme Prime family consists of 13 lenses with fixed focal lengths between 15 and 200 millimeters, the majority with a maximum aperture of T1.5. “The lenses are designed for film productions of an extremely high quality,” says Christophe Casenave from ZEISS. “They are perfect for high-budget advertising or feature films, for example.” ZEISS Supreme Primes are designed to cover cinematic large format camera sensors and are compatible with all of the latest camera models, such as the Sony Venice, ARRI Alexa LF, and RED Monstro. According to Casenave, the versatility of the Supreme Prime lenses to create different visual looks is due to the gentle sharpness, the aesthetic focus fall-off and elegant bokeh. The lenses are extremely flexible and can be used equally well for science fiction thrillers as well as for dramas.

Compact and Lightweight

“Weighing an average of 1600 grams (3.5 pounds), ZEISS Supreme Primes are significantly lighter and smaller than comparable lenses on the market,” says Casenave. With these compact and lightweight lenses, ZEISS is responding to many camera operators’ desire for compact equipment that stills meets the highest standards of quality. “ZEISS Supreme Primes are unbelievably rugged and reliable. Regardless of whether filming in the desert or in the Arctic, the lenses perform flawlessly. And in the event that something should ever break, our worldwide service network provides fast and professional help.”

ZEISS eXtended Data Metadata Technology

The ZEISS Supreme Primes are equipped with the ZEISS eXtended Data metadata technology. Introduced in 2017, ZEISS eXtended Data provides frame by frame data on lens vignetting and distortion in addition to the standard lens metadata provided using Cooke’s /i technology1 protocol. This greatly speeds up the entire film production’s workflow. When using visual effects for example, with only a few clicks, the lens properties can be removed so that computer-generated effects imagery can be accurately applied to the captured imagery. The lens properties can then be reapplied with the same click of a button and combined with the film material to create a realistic image. Previously, all of the data had to be measured manually so that it could be corrected in post-production. But ZEISS eXtended Data eliminates this time-consuming job.

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Zeiss set to announce the development of new “Supreme Prime” lens line-up

Supreme Prime

It appears Zeiss is set to announce the development of a new Cine lens line-up, named “Supreme Prime”. The 13 new lenses will come with PL, LPL, and EF mount.

  • 15mm  T/1.8
  • 18mm T/1.5
  • 21mm  T/1.5
  • 25mm T/1.5
  • 29mm T/1.5
  • 35mm T/1.5
  • 50mm T/1.5
  • 65mm T/1.5
  • 85mm T/1.5
  • 100mm T/1.5
  • 135mm T/1.5
  • 150mm T/1.5
  • 200mm. T/2.1

We expect the development announcement on May 24, 2018. According to Nokishita, the Supreme Prime lens line-up will hit the market in 2020. The price for such a lens will be around $15,000.

Supreme Prime

85mm lenses showdown: Canon vs Sigma vs Tamron vs Zeiss

Canon EF 85mm F/1.4L IS

Photographer and reviewer Dustin Abbott compared four 85mm lenses: the Canon EF 85mm f/1.4L IS (), Sigma 85mm f/1.4 ART (), Tamron 85mm f/1.8 VC (), and Zeiss Otus 1.4 ().

The showdown comes in two parts. Part one gives a detailed breakdown of the resolving power of four of the top 85mm options, part two gives a detailed breakdown of the rendering from each lens, including chromatic aberrations, bokeh quality, facial rendering, actual focal length, contrast, and more.

I consider Dustin one of the serious reviewers out there.

 

The Canon EF 85mm f/1.4L IS is without any doubt the hottest Canon lens of 2017 and it gets one positive review after the other. We gave it a lot of coverage.

EF 85mm f/1.4L IS:

America: B&H Photo, Adorama, Amazon USA, Amazon CA, KEH Camera, BestBuy, Canon CA, Canon USA
Europe & UK: Amazon DE, Amazon UK, Amazon FR, Amazon IT, Wex Photo Video, Park Cameras, Canon DE, Canon UK, Canon IT, Canon FR

[via Dustin Abbott]

Zeiss announce Milvus 1.4/25 lens (25mm f/1.4 for full frame)

The ZEISS Milvus 1.4/25 is the latest focal length to be added to ZEISS’s range of lenses for full-frame DSLR cameras.

ZEISS Milvus 1.4/25 at a glance:

  • EF-Mount Lens/Full-Frame Format
  • Aperture Range: f/1.4 to f/16
  • Two Aspherical Elements
  • Seven Low Dispersion Elements
  • Zeiss T* Anti-Reflective Coating
  • Manual Focus Design
  • Anodized Metal Barrel, Rubber Focus Ring
  • Weather-Sealed Construction
  • Rounded 9-Blade Diaphragm

The ZEISS Milvus 1.4/25 retails for €2,399/$2.399 and will be available starting 2 November 2017.

Pre-order: B&H Photo | Adorama

Press release:

ZEISS Unveils High-Speed DSLR Lens: ZEISS Milvus 1.4/25

With its new wide-angle focal length, the ZEISS Milvus family now boasts eleven lenses for single-lens reflex cameras, including four focal lengths with a maximum aperture of 1.4, which are perfect for videographers too.

OBERKOCHEN/Germany, 2017-10-18.

The ZEISS Milvus 1.4/25 is the latest focal length to be added to ZEISS’s largest range of lenses for full-frame single-lens reflex cameras. The lens, which was developed for the DSLR systems from Canon1 is a trademark or registered trademark of Canon Inc. and/or other members of the Canon Group. and Nikon2 is a registered trademark of Nikon Corporation., is suitable primarily for landscape and architecture photography, and for journalistic shots and videos. “The completely new optical design ensures superior performance across the entire image field,” says Christophe Casenave, Product Manager at ZEISS. “This results in high-contrast photos and a harmonious bokeh.”

High-speed wide-angle lens

Thanks to a maximum aperture of 1.4, this lens can even capture exceptional images in poor light. “Even at full aperture, there are hardly any color fringes,” says Casenave. “The finest details can be reproduced in high definition and contrast all the way into the corners.” The metal housing is what makes the lens robust, and its dirt and dust protection even makes the ZEISS Milvus 1.4/25 ready for action in adverse weather. The large 172-degree focus rotation angle enables precise manual focusing for adding creative touches to photos and videos.

The largest ZEISS lens family yet

Featuring eleven focal lengths ranging from 15 to 135 millimeters, including two macros, the ZEISS Milvus family covers a host of applications, such as portrait, landscape, architecture and street photography. “We can offer every photographer just the right lens,” says Casenave.

Perfect for videographers too

The four ZEISS Milvus focal lengths 25, 35, 50 and 85 millimeters with an aperture of 1.4 are just perfect for filming. Thanks to their high speed, they are suitable primarily for interviews and documentaries where the videographer can utilize natural light. Thanks to the de-click function in the version for the Nikon-Mount the aperture can be adjusted continuously. ZEISS Lens Gears in a range of sizes permit the use of follow-focus systems.

Price and availability

The ZEISS Milvus 1.4/25 retails for 2,399 euros incl. 19 percent sales tax (RRP) or 2.399US$ and will be available starting 2 November 2017 at dealers and from the ZEISS online shop.

Product photos and sample images taken using the ZEISS Milvus 1.4/25 can be downloaded here.

You will find further information at www.zeiss.com/photo/milvus1425

Technical data ZEISS Milvus 1.4/25

Focal length 25 mm
Aperture range f/1.4 – f/16
Lens elements / Groups 15 / 13
Focusing range 0,252 m (9.93’’) – ∞
Free working distance 0,093 m (3.66’’) – ∞
Angular field* (diag. / horiz. / vert.) 81,2° / 70,8° / 50,4°
Diameter of image field 43 mm (1.69″)
Flange focal distance ZF.2: 46,50 mm (1.83″)

ZE: 44,00 mm (1.73″)

Coverage at close range (MOD)* 170,7 mm x 112,1 mm (6.72‘‘ x 4.41‘‘)
Image ratio at MOD 1 : 4.6
Entrance pupil position ( in front of image plane) 127,0 mm (5.00’’)
Rotation angle of focusing ring (inf – MOD) 172°
Diameter max. ZF.2: 95,2 mm (3.75‘‘)

ZE: 95,2 mm (3.75‘‘)

Diameter of focusing ring ZF.2: 82,5 mm (3.25‘‘)

ZE: 82,5 mm (3.25‘‘)

Length (without lens caps) ZF.2: 123,3 mm (4.85‘‘)

ZE: 122,5 mm (4.82‘‘)

Length (with lens caps) ZF.2: 138,0 mm (5.43‘‘)

ZE: 140,2 mm (5.52‘‘)

Weight ZF.2: 1171 g (41.3 oz)

ZE: 1225 g (43.2 oz)

Zeiss Milvus 35mm f/1.4 officially announced ($1999)

Zeiss Milvus 35mm f/1.4

At a glance:

  • EF-Mount Lens/Full-Frame Format
  • Aperture Range: f/1.4 to f/16
  • One Aspherical Element
  • Five Low Dispersion Elements
  • Zeiss T* Anti-Reflective Coating
  • Manual Focus Design
  • Anodized Metal Barrel, Rubber Focus Ring
  • Weather-Sealed Construction
  • Rounded 9-Blade Diaphragm

After the leaked picturs ahead of the announcement, now Zeiss has officially announced the new Zeiss Milvus 35mm f/1.4 lens. The ZEISS Milvus 1.4/35 will be available from specialist dealers and in the ZEISS Online Shop from July 2017. The recommended retail price is €1,999/$1,999. You can download sample photos here.

Pre-order links for the Milvus 35mm f/1.4: B&H Photo | Adorama

Zeiss press release:

ZEISS Milvus 35mm f/1.4 Camera Lens for DSLR Cameras

The tenth lens in the ZEISS Milvus series for DSLR cameras already shows its many benefits at full aperture

OBERKOCHEN/Germany, 2017-06-21.

ZEISS has launched a new lens for full-frame DSLR cameras from Canon and Nikon on the market: the ZEISS Milvus 1.4/35. Now the tenth lens in the Milvus family, the ZEISS Milvus 1.4/35 is particularly suitable for portrait photography thanks to its speed. “The high maximum aperture enables the subject to stand out clearly against the background, and the photographer can achieve creative combinations of focus and blur,” says Christophe Casenave, Product Manager at ZEISS. “The manual focus enables very exact focusing, and the creamy bokeh provides an excellent image look. And even at full aperture the image quality leaves nothing to be desired.” The ZEISS Milvus 1.4/35 is also perfectly at home in landscape photography: “The 35-millimeter focal length is a genuine all-rounder.” Like all lenses in the ZEISS Milvus family, it is protected against dust and splashes and, according to Casenave, even bad weather is no problem. The metal barrel gives the lens its robust and durable character.

Practically no chromatic aberrations thanks to a new optical design

With aspherical lens elements, special glass materials and advanced correction, ZEISS has given the lens a completely new optical design. “This means the photos are practically free from chromatic aberrations,” says Casenave. Thanks to their excellent edge-to-edge imagery the ZEISS Milvus lenses are designed for high-performance digital cameras. “The resolutions of camera sensors are constantly becoming higher, and this also increases the demands made on the lenses. For ZEISS Milvus lenses this is no problem. They are a solid investment in the future.”

Also suitable for filming

The ten lenses in the ZEISS Milvus family, ranging between 15 and 135 millimeters, are also suitable for film productions: the manual focus with a large rotation angle can be operated with the aid of a ZEISS Lens Gear with a follow-focus system. The de-click function allows the aperture to be set continuously in the version for Nikon3 cameras. A further benefit for filming: ZEISS has matched the color characteristics of the ten lenses. Filmmakers can therefore switch between the focal lengths and still have a uniform color look. “This facilitates editing enormously,” says Casenave.

Price and availability
The ZEISS Milvus 1.4/35 will be available from specialist dealers and in the ZEISS Online Shop from July 2017. The recommended retail price is 1,999 euros.
You can find further information at www.zeiss.com/photo/milvus1435