Press release: Zeiss CP.2 lens for Micro Four Thirds

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We were all very excited when Zeiss announced that they will become part of the Micro Four Thirds group. But I do hope they will go much further with their “intentions” because those CP.2 lenses aren’t really what we amateurs are waiting for. These manual lenses ideal for professional filmmakers but also to expensive for us amateurs. One more thing, they are not designed from scratch for m43 cameras. They “only” made a new adapter to make it fit on professional cameras like the Panasonic AG-AF100.

Check the availability (and huge price) of those lenses at Amazon, Olympus US store, Adorama, B&H, eBay.

That’s the official press release (via Dpreview)

OBERKOCHEN/Germany, 30.03.2011. : During the NAB Trade Show in Las Vegas from April 9-14, 2011, Carl Zeiss will present two new mounts for the Compact Prime CP.2 lenses: the E mount and the MFT mount. The MFT mount is particularly suitable for the new corresponding professional camcorders, while the brand-new E mount is perfect for the new Sony cameras like the Super 35 mm NXCAM camcorder. The MFT mount has been available since March.

The new E mount is expected to be available beginning in June. Exactly a year ago, Carl Zeiss introduced the Compact Prime CP.2 series during the NAB Show in Las Vegas. They are the first lenses with interchangeable mount developed specially for filming with HDSLR cameras. Since then, there has been significant demand for these lenses among cinematographers and still photographers adding new video services. Carl Zeiss is now adding a new chapter to its Compact Prime CP.2 success story.

“With these new mounts, we respond to many of our customers’ wishes asking to use the lenses on these new HD video cameras,” said Holger Sehr, Product Manager for Cinematography lenses at Carl Zeiss AG, Camera Lens Division. “Thanks to the interchangeable mounts, now for five different camera systems — PL, EF, MFT, F and E mount — our Compact Prime CP.2 lenses deliver superb flexibility, can be used in many different market segments, and are attractive for both end-customers and rental houses.”

With the interchangeable mount and the 24×36 mm full-format image circle illumination, these latest members of Carl Zeiss compact lens family are extremely versatile. During the NAB Show, Carl Zeiss will present all nine fixed focal lengths of Compact Prime CP.2 series from 18 to 100 mm, which thanks to the new mounts can be used for a wide range of cameras — from SLR to professional camcorders through to professional cine and television film cameras. Moreover, the Compact Prime CP.2 lenses are highly compact with a robust construction, so that they can withstand any demand of cinematographers and photographers on the set.

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  • canard

    Admin, think you’re missing the point about these not being m4/3 native – for serious cinema/video users, that’s a GREAT thing and actually likely to help sell more m4/3 video cameras to pros.

    Professional cinematographers are always searching for lenses with specific characteristics, and once they find one that does something they like (whether its delivering a warm and slight soft look for romantic shots, a super-clean sharp image for action outdoors, or whatever) want to keep that lens forever. Cameras change. Camera mounts change. Different cameras are appropriate to different jobs. Having one set lenses they can use on an Arri PL or Bayonet mount film cam, but also a Panny hi end video cam just by swapping out the mount, is what cinematographers want.

    CZ don’t really make a lot of “consumer” grade optics. they might release some things for m4/3 still that will be less than the CP lenses, but I’d be as surprised to see them with lenses much under US$1000 as I would to see Porsche put out an affordable family car.

    • jeff

      canard , go actually google four thirds please

      • print poster

        jeff, dont understand this? what is your point please?

    • Ahem

      What Canard said. These are not meant for the weekend shooter, or even a pro stills shooter.

      Designing cine lenses is _very_ different from still lenses, and making a great one without focus breathing, silent focusing, and suitable for accurate and silent focus pulling is an order of a magnitude more demanding endeavor – and it’s reflected in price.

      And so what if they’re not designed for MFT? You’re ok as long as the image circle is big enough – MTF charts confirm the rest. There are plenty of great lenses with adapters, so why single out Zeiss who has made a built-in “adapter” with Zeiss tolerances?

      Finally, the target market for these lenses is miniscule compared to mainstream still lenses, so Zeiss has to recoop their R&D and manufacturing costs from a much smaller batch. This demands higher margins.

  • alsoly

    This is a confusing article. The CP.2 cine lenses with Micro Four Thirds mount/adapter was announced by Zeiss long before they announced they are joning the Micro Four Thirds standard and you even published an article about that yourself in September 2010 (Carl Zeiss will make Micro Four thirds cine lenses og 10 September 2010). The release hereof in March 2011 is only a consequence of that announcement from September 2010. The CP.2 lenses are “born” with the adapter system (an adapter is needed for mount on any camera) which is part of the idea.

  • This is actually great news, as these lenses will be perfect for the Panasonic af100 and a perfect complement for the GH2 as b cam. A little pricey, but not as bad as some of the really high end cinema glass. The other alternative I’m curious to check out is the new lenses for the Sony F3 series cameras. They are even more affordable and should cover the m43 sensor of the Panasonic, but this has yet to be tested to my knowledge as I don’t know of any adapters yet.

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