It was at NAB Show 2009 when ZEISS introduced a line of cine primes targeted to the rising HDSLR and HD digital cinema camera users – Compact Prime (later known as CP.1). This was in a very opportune time with RED ONE and Canon EOS 5D Mark II cameras in the market, which promoted within the industry high quality images at an affordable reach.
Not long after the debut of CP.1, the market potential for other lens mounts – F, MFT, and E as well rose. Therefore, ZEISS implemented a revolutionary new feature, which enabled users change the lens mounts by themselves to fit their needs – IMS (Interchangeable Mount System).
Since then, CP.2 enjoyed a huge success, and became the most popular cine lens family that ZEISS ever introduced. As of today there are over 30,000 CP.2 lenses being used around the world, which proves its concept of combining high quality optics with flexibility was widely accepted.
And at NAB Show 2017, passed 7 years since CP.2 debuted, Compact Prime 3 (CP.3 / CP.3 XD) is finally released as a new generation to all cinema camera users in the world.
The ZEISS Compact Prime CP.3 series has 10 focal lengths (15, 18, 21, 25, 28, 35, 50 85, 100, and 135 mm) to its family, all lenses are available with or without XD functionality, and can be chosen from 5 lens mounts (PL, EF, F, E, and MFT).Also, it inherits ZEISS renowned optics, but with newly improved coatings, in lighter and smaller barrels, with improved focus torque, its signature IMS interchangeable mount system, 35 mm full frame coverage, and now available with its eXtended Data (XD) features on CP.3 XD version. Thus, its debut can be surely called a next generation of cinema lens.
ZEISS launched the latest cinema lenses; “Compact Prime CP.3” and “Compact Prime CP.3 XD” series, and HOTSHOT had a chance to sit down with Christophe Casenave and Helmut Lenhof – the product managers for ZEISS cinema lenses portfolio at the ZEISS Oberkochen headquarters. We introduce the details of the new series, which opens the new era of ZEISS cinema lens.
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