An interview from the 2019 Cine Gear Expo at Paramount Studios in Los Angeles with Richard Schleuning of ZEISS. Carl Zeiss is one of the oldest existing optics manufacturers in the world and is world renowned for their optical quality. Cinematography lenses from Zeiss have helped to create distinctive images in many famous movies and Camera lenses from Zeiss are used by millions of photographers around the globe. In this interview Rich talks with us about the 21mm and 135mm, the latest focal lengths for the ZEISS Supreme Primes shown at Cine Gear for the first time.
The ZEISS Supreme Prime family consists of 9 lenses with fixed focal lengths between 15 and 200 millimeters, the majority with a maximum aperture of T1.5. The ZEISS Supreme Primes are designed to cover cinematic large format camera sensors and are compatible with all of the latest camera models, such as the Sony Venice, ARRI Alexa LF, and RED Monstro. The lenses are extremely flexible and can be used equally well for science fiction thrillers as well as for dramas due to the gentle sharpness, the aesthetic focus fall-off and elegant bokeh.
The ZEISS Supreme Primes are equipped with the ZEISS eXtended Data metadata technology. Introduced in 2017, ZEISS eXtended Data provides frame by frame data on lens vignetting and distortion in addition to the standard lens metadata provided using Cooke’s /i technology1 protocol. This greatly speeds up the entire film production’s workflow. When using visual effects for example, with only a few clicks, the lens properties can be removed so that computer-generated effects imagery can be accurately applied to the captured imagery. The lens properties can then be reapplied with the same click of a button and combined with the film material to create a realistic image. The first ZEISS Supreme Primes lenses with focal lengths of 25, 29, 35, 50, and 85 millimeters are available now.