Tag Archives: ZEISS


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…


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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Cooke /i Technology and ARRI LDS

A lot of readers have been emailing questions about Cooke /i Technology and ARRI LDS on the new Sony PMW-F3. Here’s what the PL mount looks like (above). Notice the gold-plated lens data 4-pin contacts at 12 o’clock and 3 o’clock. They’re the same contacts you’ve seen before on Arricams, Alexa Plus, Sony SRW-9000PL and other cameras. (Above left) Cooke /i lenses… read more…

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iDC System One

They call it iDC System One. Check it out at PhotoPlus Expo in New York, October 28, 29, 30 — in the Video Pavilion, Booth #562. System One is the latest big idea from iDC Photo Video. Rails instead of rods. They’re standard Manfrotto/Gitzo dovetail size–so they slide right into your tripod head without having to bolt on additional plates. Director/Cinematographer/Photographer/Explorer of… read more…


Zeiss Master Prime 12 mm

Zeiss is extending their Master Prime Series with a 12 mm T1.3 Its close focus is at 40 cm, the angle of view for ANSI S35 is 90.98°. The front diameter is 156 mm, like the 10 or 12 mm Ultra Prime, so a LMB-4 will fit.


Zeiss Compact Primes 2 with Micro 4/3rds mount

Zeiss has added the Micro4/3rds mount to their Compact Prime Series, which are now available with PL, Canon EF, Nikon F and Micro4/3rds interchangeable mounts. All the mounts have a support bracket with 1/4″ threaded hole to attach a lens support, if necessary and all CP2 lenses now have an iris with 14 rounded shutter blades. New to the set… read more…

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FDTimes New Issue 32+33 Now Online

Film and Digital Times Mid-Year Cine Gear 2010 Edition (issue 32+33) is now online for subscribers. We will be all over Cine Gear. Visit us at Booth # 126 for a complimentary paper copy. See you there: June 4-5.www.cinegearexpo.com

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Canon 7D FGV-PL at CSC

We tested the new FGV PL-mounted Canon EOS 7D at ARRI/CSC today. Solid as a block–which is how the mount is machined–from the same custom block of metal that holds the CMOS sensor. FGV removed the entire mirror and optical finder assembly, and replaced it with theirs. This saves weight, and as you can see, supports a big ZEISS Master… read more…

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New PL/EF ZEISS Compact Primes II

And now for something completely different. While the world has busily been drilling and dremeling to install PL mounts on Canon EOS bodies, ZEISS just revealed a new iteration of Compact Primes, to be introduced at NAB 2010. The picture above is a prototype (no focus or aperture scale). You can see the Canon EF mount, and the cine-style barrel… read more…

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Hot Rod Mods Canon EOS PL

Adapter or Surgery There are two ways to put a PL mount on a Canon EOS camera. The painless way is a PL-to-Canon mount adapter, leaving the mirror and electronics of the camera intact. This works with a select set of lenses, notably Angénieux Optimo zooms whose rear elements do not protrude beyond the rear of the adapter. The more… read more…

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Blixt Camera Rental Theft

Some people pretending they were on a film training course at The Danish Film Institute rented equipment from Blixt Camera (www.blixt.dk) in Copenhagen, Denmark using ID that had been stolen from the rightful ID owner six months earlier. The following camera equipment was taken from Blixt Camera Rental on December 1, 2009 and never returned. If anyone sees the serial numbers below, please contact Bjorn… read more…

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New ZEISS HDSLR Macro Lenses

Carl Zeiss Makro-Planar ZE T* 2/50 and 2/100 for Canon EOS (EF bayonet mount) The Makro-Planar T* 2/50 begins shipping in December, and the Makro-Planar T* 2/100 ships in January 2010. These Carl Zeiss continue rounding out the line of ZEISS optics for Canon EOS SLR cameras–with electronic contacts for Canon aperture control and manual focus on the lens. Both… read more…

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FDTimes December 2009 Issue 29 Now Online

The December 2009 Issue of Film and Digital Times has gone to press in LA and should be in the mail soon. Our online edition is now ready to download (PDF files) for all Subscribers and Members. We end the year in low light, with articles on: Forgetting Three-Point Lighting; Lighting with Paint at one footcandle; ISO 12,800 to 102,400; Game-Changing Hybrid Cameras;… read more…

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New ZEISS Lenses for Canon HDSLRs

Carl Zeiss has added new leness to its ZE (Canon) mount series: the Distagon T* 28mm f/2 ZE with EF bayonet mount fits Canon EOS cameras, including the 5D and 7D. For HDSLR shooting, the attractive features are the smooth mechanical focus, sharp optics, and compact size. You set the aperture through the Canon camera’s controls, via electronic contacts in… read more…

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A Cinematographer’s Guide to Zeiss (PDF)

How to Build a Cine Lens. A special 10 page report and tour of Carl Zeiss, with an inside look at lens design and manufacturing in Jena and Oberkochen. read more…