The new ZEISS LWZ.3 21-100mm is a cine-style zoom with a nearly 5x zoom range, T stop 2.9-3.9, covering a Super 35mm sensor, comes with the famous flexible IMS interchangeable mounts, weighs only 2kg, tailored for compact 4K cameras, and of course it’s a ZEISS lens which means superb sharpness and contrast.
Hiro and ZEISS agreed early on to shoot in a documentary setting, as the advantages of the lens seemed ideal for a small crew production. For this project ZEISS found a perfect location where the crew would have absolutely no control over lighting conditions and timing – ANA (All Nippon Airways) Airframe Maintenance Center, and Engine Technics Center in Tokyo Haneda International Airport.
For this shoot Hiro chose Panasonic Varicam LT to couple with the LWZ.3. “Varicam LT was an ideal camera to shoot indoor/outdoor scenes thanks to its Dual Native ISO of 800/5000. And its 4K resolution and compactness perfectly matched with LWZ.3.”
One thing he concerned prior to the shooting was the ramping T-stop, but he said “The T-ramping wasn’t an issue, as it shifted very smoothly from wide to tele, that it was almost unrecognizable. I could not see any hard-drops.”
He continued “Light weight, slim lens barrel, and ‘cinema-look’ with well balanced sharpness and contrast. Great for shooting documentaries and commercials with a small crew, or even on one-man occasions.”
The shooting lasted from dawn till wee hours of the following day under tight time pressure, and Hiro concluded the benefit of using the LWZ.3 as “The 21mm wide angle was very useful to shoot the entire aircraft from a cat walk at a hangar, and the tele 100mm was perfect to capture engineers working on the engines from a distance as we were not allowed to get any closer.” “It’s the busiest airport and the aircraft maintenance centers in Japan. The engineers were working for 24 hours in 3 shifts, no “take 2” or “staging” was accepted here, no time for changing lenses, and the shooting crew had no control over the environment – but thanks to the Varicam LT and ZEISS LWZ.3 21-100mm, we successfully captured the professionalism and passion of the people who were working there at ANA.”
Last but not least, the shooting crew and ZEISS would like to thank All Nippon Airways for this great opportunity. Though the aviation and imaging industries are totally different, there are two things which are cherished in common: craftsmanship and precision.
All Nippon Airways: http://www.ana.co.jp/asw/wws/us/e/
About the Director/Cinematographer Hiro MATSUZAKI:
Freelance filmmaker based in Tokyo, studied at International School of Motion Pictures (Los Angeles), then graduated from California State University Northridge, majoring in Screenwriting in Cinema and Television Arts. Directed the first feature film “A Better Place” in 2012, and currently working on various shorts, commercials, documentaries, corporate and music videos.
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