DZOFilm is at it again with new zoom lenses, kits, and filter accessories for cine production. Creating sharp, modern cine-zoom lenses tailored to your production needs has been one of the hallmarks of DZOFilm, and its new Pictor and Catta zooms fit right in with the brand's earlier offerings. With the Pictor line targeting Super35-sized sensors and the Catta zooms designed for full-frame production, you can choose the lens that is right for you. These zooms are parfocal—that is, they maintain their focus throughout the zoom range, so no need to adjust focus as you move through the focal-length range.
Two new Catta lenses, the 35 to 80mm and 70 to 135mm in E-mount, join the previously released PL mount versions. Available in black, these parfocal full-frame zooms represent an impressive feat of engineering for their category, and at T2.9, the lenses are fast while still being compact. Sharing the same maximum T-stop means not having to relight for a slower lens when you swap between the two, which can save you a lot of time in production, as well as help keep the images consistent between the two lenses for seamless intercutting.
The lenses are available individually or in a two-lens bundle in a case with room for accessory mounts and filters.
The new Pictor 14 to 30mm T2.8 zoom covers Super35mm and is available in either a black or white finish. As with other Pictor zooms, you can swap between the included PL and EF mounts in the field, making this a flexible lens, especially when shooting with cameras that have different mounts. The new 14 to 30mm is available by itself or as part of a 3-lens kit in a case, along with the 20 to 55mm and 50 to 125mm, allowing you to cover a wide range with only three lenses. The 3-lens kits are also available in either white or black.
Rounding out the offerings are the case for the Pictor 3-lens kit, useful for when you are expanding your kit and already have the 20 to 55mm and/or 50 to 125mm. The sturdy case (for both kits) comes with custom-cut foam, as well as an overlay clearly identifying where each lens stows, as well as any accessories—a well-thought-out system to protect your gear during transport and storage. DZOFilm is also releasing two filter kits, Standard and Artistic, designed to mount on the rear of your lens via the PL mount. These filters are compatible with the Catta Ace PL mount and Vespid lenses. The Standard kit includes ND filters, while the Artistic kit includes a DIY filter, as well as a Mist and a Streak filter.
DZOFilm is releasing a bounty of optical joy, allowing you to pick the lenses and formats you want to cover, while taking care of the little details that have helped make DZOFilm lenses a serious consideration in the world of cine glass. Have you worked with DZOFilm cine lenses? Please share your thoughts and experiences in the Comments section, below.