ARRI/ZEISS Master Anamorphics


The new ARRI/ZEISS Master Anamorphic 135 mm MA will be shown at NAB.

The set made their debut at IBC Amsterdam in September 2012 with a 50 mm T1.9. The MA 35 mm T1.9 and 75 mm T1.9 were unveiled at NAB 2013, followed by the 100 mm T1.9 at IBC 2013, then the 40 mm T1.9 and 60 mm T1.9 at ZEISS Cine Lens Day in November 2013. The family will be complete when the MA 135 mm T1.9 is presented at NAB 2014. (Lens sets are rarely “complete.” DPs, like Oliver Twist, always ask for more.)

ARRI/ZEISS Master Anamorphic lenses have an innovative optical design, with almost no breathing and minimal distortion. Anamorphic “mumps” (faces looking wider in close-ups) is automatically compensated by careful positioning of the cylindrical lens elements. There are 4 to 8 cylindrical elements in each lens. The optical design reduces chromatic aberrations and shading (darkening) at the corners of the image. Master Anamorphic lenses produce a smooth anamorphic bokeh, free of artifacts. The 15-blade iris helps create a bokeh that is elliptical (oval) and consistently illuminated. See the framegrabs (below).

The lenses are compact, light, and have a fast aperture of T1.9 at all focal lengths. They are typically “ZEISS” with reliable and durable mechanical construction. Improved protection against dust and spray means less downtime and fewer repairs.
The ARRI/ZEISS Master Anamorphic lenses herald the return to an era of anamorphic big-screen productions at a new, previously unseen, level of quality.
ARRI/ZEISS Master Anamorphic lenses were developed by ARRI and ZEISS, manufactured by ZEISS, and exclusively distributed by ARRI. So far, about 50 mini-sets (MA35, 50, 75) have been delivered to customers, with many more orders placed. The MA100 is shipping now, and the MA40 and MA60 ship around the end of March. The MA135 will follow after NAB.
Both ZEISS and ARRI will be showing the Master Anamorphics at NAB 2014.

  •           NAB booth C9042
  •                       NAB booth C4337
Sheng Lu, “I See”  (China) MA 50 mm

Sheng Lu, “I See” (China) MA 50 mm

Michel Abramowicz, AFC, “A trip to remember”  (France)  MA 50 mm

Michel Abramowicz, AFC, “A trip to remember” (France) MA 50 mm

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