Ask any cinematographer (or any still photographer for that matter) who manufactures the best lenses in terms of image quality, construction and design, and the answer will invariably be “Carl Zeiss.” But until now, videographers shooting with professional HD camcorders have had to cheer from the sidelines. Not so anymore. In anticipation of the 2011 NAB Videography trade show (Las Vegas April 9-14) Carl Zeiss has announced the rollout of their top-gun Compact Prime CP.2-series lenses in MFT and Sony “E” mounts.
Revered among professional filmmakers and HDSLR users alike, Zeiss CP.2 optics are designed and specifically calibrated for making the sort of incremental focus and exposure corrections motion-picture shooters require in order to create smooth, seamless focus and exposure corrections when shooting complex film and video sequences. Currently available in mounts for use with HDSLRs from Nikon, Canon and Sony, in focal lengths ranging from 18mm to 100mm, the newest additions to the Carl Zeiss CP.2 line up are expected to be available sometime in June,2011.