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Jazz, Lenses and ZEISS

by Thomas R. Zecher Photos by Alexander Kopp Most cinematographers and still photographers know about Obekochen. It’s a small town, three hours from Frankfurt and two hours from Munich. This is where ZEISS cine and still photography lenses come from. What many of us did not know is that the 25th Aalener Jazz Festival opened in Oberkochen this November 2016. Aalen is a large… read more…

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New 85mm f/2.4 ZEISS Loxia

The ZEISS Loxia 2.4/85 is the latest lens in the ZEISS family for mirrorless Sony full-frame E-mount cameras (a7 series). The ZEISS Loxia 2.4/85 joins the Loxia 2.8/21, Loxia 2/35 and Loxia 2/50. The new Loxia 2.4/85 is based on an optimized ZEISS Sonnar design, with seven lens elements in seven groups. Minimum object distance is 0.80 meters. The manual focus ring has a rotation angle… read more…

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Carl Zeiss 200th Birthday

Today marks the 200th birthday of Carl Zeiss, founder of ZEISS. Carl Zeiss opened a small workshop for precision mechanics and optics in Jena in 1846. This was the beginning of a company that would grow into the major technology company it is today. Read more about ZEISS history, optics and factory tour in this FDTimes special report. read more…

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ZEISS LWZ.3 21-100mm T2.9-3.9

ZEISS launches a new Super 35 format Lightweight Zoom: LWZ.3 21-100mm/T2.9-3.9 T*. It is light (2 kilos), compact, very affordable and has interchangeable mounts (PL, EF, F, E, MFT). What sets the new 21-100 zoom lens apart is a combination of attractive features: range, light weight, optical and mechanical quality, and astonishingly affordable price. Here’s a new Super 35 zoom lens from ZEISS for many types of productions that will fit digital and film cameras. read more…

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ZEISS Loxia, Milvus and Otus Sets

ZEISS Milvus lenses are manual focus lenses for DSLR cameras. ZEISS Otus lenses are top of the line manual focus lenses. ZEISS Loxia lenses come in Sony E-mount, 18 mm flange depth. They have a manual iris ring, which can be de-clicked (like the Milvus) with a tool that is supplied with the lenses. read more…

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“A Beautiful Planet” – Canon, IMAX

Three Canon EOS C500 4K Digital Cinema Cameras and two EOS-1D C cameras were sent to the International Space Station for the IMAX production A Beautiful Planet. FDTimes discussed the technique and technology of this production with James Neihouse, ASC and Marsha Ivins, along with Tim Smith and Leigh Nofi of Canon. As Variety wrote, “Short of putting Emmanuel Lubezki through Astronaut training, it’s difficult to imagine more rapturously beautiful images of the Earth from orbit than those supplied by A Beautiful Planet, the latest collaboration between IMAX and NASA.” read more…

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ZEISS at CP+ Yokohama Japan

ZEISS Team at CP+ in Yokohama — the largest Photo Show in Japan. ZEISS is showing the entire product lines of Touit, Batis and Loxia lenses for mirrorless cameras, Milvus SLR lenses,  Compact Primes, Compact Zooms and binoculars. And handing out Film and Digital Times. read more…

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ZEISS Factory Tour 2015 (PDF)

ZEISS Factory Tour 2015, Museum of Optics, Interviews, Lenses. 7 MB PDF Free Download. Newly updated September 2015. This is a free online PDF reprint from FDTimes September 2015 Edition along with back issues. 50 pages. read more…

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Dr. Winfried Scherle, EVP of ZEISS

THE BUSINESS OF THE BUSINESS: Interview with Dr. Winfried Scherle, Executive Vice President, ZEISS Consumer Optics Business Group. Part of a special 20-page Tour of ZEISS in the September Edition. One of my questions: “Will the manufacturers get together and agree on a new standard lens mount with a shorter flange depth, since we don’t have spinning mirror shutters anymore?”

Dr. Scherle said, “I would be very happy to have a new standard because I think it benefits the customer. We had discussions with other lens manufacturers who also expressed interest in this. If you have a standardized mount, customers would have the flexibility to buy any combination of camera and lens, and use their preferred setup.” read more…

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ARRI/ZEISS Master Anamorphics

  Camtec in Burbank received one of the first “starter sets” of ARRI/ZEISS Master Anamorphic Prime lenses: 35, 50, and 75 mm T1.9. Kavon and Jay Elhami kindly let me test them on an Alexa and on a Gecko lens projector. These 2x squeeze anamorphics are incredibly free of geometric distortion. In other words, if you’re doing a Day, Exterior, Wide… read more…

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ZEISS Compact Zoom 15-30 mm T2.9

ZEISS will preview a mock-up of their planned 15-30 mm Compact Zoom at IBC. The CZ.2 15-30/T2.9 is expected to launch in the second quarter of 2014 (NAB 2014). This will be the third member of the successful ZEISS Compact Zoom lens family. The Compact Zooms are 100% “Made in Germany.” Like the Compact Primes, they cover all the way… read more…

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ZEISS at NAB

The new Compact Zoom CZ.2 28-80 T2.9 will be shown for the first time in the US (it was presented at IBC and Cinec) — joining the CZ.2 70-200 T2.9. Both zoom lenses cover full-frame still format (24x36mm) and can be used on HDSLR as well as  video and cinema cameras. As full-frame lenses, they create what ZEISS calls a… read more…

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ZEISS and SHRIRO

This story began in Cologne on September 18 at the Carl Zeiss Photokina Dinner and Distributor of the Year Presentation. It was a room with a view, a view to a skill, with James Bond imagery fresh from the lobby festooned with “Skyfall” posters (shot with breathless ARRI/ZEISS Master Prime lenses) and an elevator ride to the breathtaking top floor… read more…

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ZEISS CP.2

How did ZEISS ramp up production to build Compact Prime CP.2 lenses fast enough to meet demand that exceeded wildest predictions? To find out for the IBC issue of FDTimes, coming September 9, we visited Carl Zeiss headquarters in Oberkochen. At left is part of the team that builds Compact Prime CP.2 lenses: Cathrin Früholz, Steffen Proksch, Daniele Vitulano, and Sabrina Schulze. ZEISS… read more…

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ZEISS Slice

Here’s a cutaway of 3 ZEISS lenses shown at Cine Gear. At left and in middle–two SLR still lenses: Makro-Planar T* 2/100 and Planar T* 1.4/85. At right, Compact Prime 2.9/25. This is a great example of the extra engineering involved in making a Compact Prime motion picture lens, where the focus scale is expanded and critical focus is maintained on… read more…

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FDTimes NAB Edition Contents

FDTimes April 2011 double issue 41-42 hits the halls of NAB on opening day: at 9 am on Monday April 11, 2011. Pick up your complimentary copy of Film and Digital Times from the publication bins in the Central Hall Main Lobby and South Hall Upper Lobby, at our booth C9550, and at the booths of our sponsors, including Sony, Fujinon,… read more…

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ZEISS Book

Revised and completed updated, our 144 page guide to ZEISS Cine Lenses, construction and a tour of Carl Zeiss factories is now ready to Download (17 MB PDF). Here’s an excerpt: In the beginning, for me, there were ZEISS Standards and Super Speeds. On skiing, mountaineering and adventure sports films, ZEISS Standards were perfect. They were about the size of a… read more…

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ZEISS Cine Lens Day 2010

Two thoughts come into my mind when reflecting on this year’s Cine Lens Day at Carl Zeiss in Oberkochen, Germany. 1. They sure fed us well. 2. They sure have a lot of lenses. But let’s start at the beginning… The biennial Cine Lens Day takes place at the Carl Zeiss headquarters in Oberkochen, about two hours northwest of Munich…. read more…

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December Issue now online for Subscribers

Our 96 page December Issue 36-38 of Film and Digital Times is now online. Subscribers: click on the MEMBERS tab, above. The print edition has gone to press. It will be in the mail soon. Our cover says “Converging Worlds.” Although convergence and 3D certainly has everyone’s attention, this is the historic year of convergence and collision between consumer and professional… read more…

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Sony F3 and NXCAM 35 at InterBEE Japan

Dorian Weber, (filmmaker, stock footage supplier via Superbshots, and “our man in Tokyo,” files this report from InterBEE: Funny about 3d…Last year Interbee great interest in 3d, but this year hardly anybody bothered to put glasses on. rushed over to Interbee Sony booth… ZEISS zooms and much more for NXCAM 35 in Sony E mount. Click on pictures in gallery… read more…

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