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Cine Gear: Zeiss Shows Off Supreme Prime Lenses and Talks Workshops

At Cine Gear the expo is as much about the tech as it is about learning and connecting with others.

It was not all about the gear at the Zeiss booth on the Paramount lot during Cine Gear 2019. Not only did Zeiss show off their new large format Supreme Prime lens line-up they also took the time to put on some helpful workshops to help educate attendees.

The Zeiss Supreme Prime lenses are designed for cinematic large-format sensor coverage, making them a great for current and future camera systems. At T1.5 the Zeiss Supreme Primes demonstrate their unsurpassed craftsmanship in tricky low-light environments. The image, from my eyes, had that Zeiss look which is equal parts sharp and smooth bokeh roll off. It is a look I love.

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Since, we, as an industry, have embraced digital capture, yes film is an option still used and one I love, the idea of the camera and lens being a collector of raw materials is beginning to emerge. For example,  the unique Zeiss eXtended Data technology offers lens metadata critical for VFX-intensive productions and workflows on set. The frame accurate information about focal length, focusing distance, T-stop and depth-of-field enables the camera assistant to work more precisely and eliminates guesswork for the DIT. The Zeiss specific distortion and vignetting data makes shooting grids redundant and accelerates compositing and stitching in post-production.

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The look from the man behind the monitor. That the look I get all the time when I shoot news. Its the “WTH are you doing” look.

Supreme Prime Lenses

Release Aperture Close Focus1 Length2 Front diameter Weight Horizontal Angle of View
Full Frame 3 Super 35 4
Supreme Prime
15 mm T1.8
2020 T1.8 to T22 tbd tbd 114 mm | 4.5‘‘ tbd tbd tbd
Supreme Prime
18 mm T1.5
2020 T1.5 to T22 tbd 163 mm | 6.4‘‘ 114 mm | 4.5‘‘ tbd tbd tbd
Supreme Prime
21 mm T1.5
Q3
2019
T1.5 to T22 0.35 m | 13.7‘‘ 120 mm  | 4.7‘‘ 95 mm | 3.7 1.61 kg | 3.55 lbs 79.5° 59.8°
Supreme Prime
25 mm T1.5
Shipping T1.5 to T22 0.26 m | 10‘‘ 119 mm | 4.7‘‘ 95 mm | 3.7 1.42 kg | 3.13 lbs 70.8° 52.3°
Supreme Prime
29 mm T1.5
Shipping
T1.5 to T22 0.33 m | 13‘‘ 121 mm | 4.8‘‘ 95 mm | 3.7 1.61 kg | 3.55 lbs 64° 46.8°
Supreme Prime
35 mm T1.5
Shipping
T1.5 to T22 0.32 m | 13‘‘ 119 mm | 4.7‘‘ 95 mm | 3.7‘‘ 1.40 kg | 3.09 lbs 55° 39.6°
Supreme Prime
50 mm T1.5
Shipping
T1.5 to T22 0.45 m | 18‘‘ 119 mm | 4.7‘‘ 95 mm | 3.7‘‘ 1.22 kg | 2.69 lbs 39° 27.5°
Supreme Prime
65 mm T1.5
Shipping T1.5 to T22 0.6 m | 2‘ 121 mm | 4.8‘‘ 95 mm | 3.7‘‘ 1.63 kg | 3.59 lbs 30.5° 21.3°
Supreme Prime
85 mm T1.5
Shipping T1.5 to T22 0.84 m | 2‘9‘‘ 119 mm | 4.7‘‘ 95 mm | 3.7‘‘ 1.42 kg | 3.13 lbs 24° 16.7°
Supreme Prime
100 mm T1.5
Shipping T1.5 to T22 1.1 m | 3‘9‘‘ 119 mm | 4.7‘‘ 95 mm | 3.7‘‘ 1.7 kg | 3.74 lbs 20.4° 14.2°
Supreme Prime
135 mm T1.5
Q3
2019
T1.5 to T22 1.35 m | 4‘5‘‘ 146 mm | 5.7’’ 114 mm | 4.5‘‘ 2.41 kg | 5.31 lbs 15.6° 10.9°
Supreme Prime
150 mm T1.8
Q4
2019
T1.8 to T22 1.5 m | 4’11 146 mm | 5.7’’ 114 mm | 4.5‘‘ 2.3 kg | 5.4 lbs 13.7° 9.5°
Supreme Prime
200 mm T2.1
2020 T2.1 to T22 tbd 146 mm | 7.2’’ 114 mm | 4.5‘‘ tbd tbd tbd

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Brian Hallett, is an award winning cameraman, editor, and producer. He has shot everything from Network broadcast news, promotional image campaigns, music videos, short films, and documentaries. Check out his reel at hallett-brian.com

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