The 12mm Master Prime is one in a set of 16 from ARRI/Zeiss featuring excellent resolution, advanced contrast, almost no breathing, and a fast T1.3 aperture for achieving shallow depth-of-field. Ranging from 12mm to 150mm, the Master Primes offer the skin tones and color rendition for which Zeiss is noted, and are color-matched for consistency across the set. These lenses incorporate an iris with at least nine blades for a cinematic-looking bokeh with distinct focus fall-off. Dual floating elements provide optimal close-focus performance, minimizing breathing when focusing. The advanced T*XP coating reduces reflections and glare while improving contrast.
Designed with aspherical elements for minimal chromatic aberration, the ARRI/Zeiss Master Primes provide optimal image quality and clean chroma-keying. High resolution is maintained in image corners even when the lens is used wide open and at close focus. Each lens features a PL mount and a built-in LDS system for transferring lens data to compatible cameras. The expanded focus scale has generous room for marks, and it sports fluorescent engravings for easier viewing in low-light settings. The focus ring has markings in both feet and metric; the ring may be reversed from one to the other by a qualified shop technician.
This 12mm Master Prime Lens features a 16" minimum focus distance, focus marks set in feet, a relatively light weight of 6.4 pounds, and a compact length of 7.8 ". This family of lenses features consistent placement of focus, iris, and zoom rings for easier use with follow focus, zoom control, and F/I/Z wireless systems. While most of the Master Primes have a uniform 114mm front diameter, the wide angle 12mm has a front diameter of 156mm.