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Canon and Zeiss reveal new cine lenses at NAB 2013

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Canon and Zeiss reveal new cine lenses at NAB 2013

Canon and Carl Zeiss have announced several new cine lenses, courtesy of the National Association of Broadcasters Show 2013.

The NAB Show 2013 is underway in Las Vegas, and many companies are present at the event. Canon has already introduced three new camcorders today, while Carl Zeiss is just getting started.

Canon 35mm cinema prime lens NAB 2013
Canon 35mm cinema prime lens delivers better 4K video recording performance.

Canon 35mm cinema prime lens introduced with high 4K video performance

First comes a new 35mm cinema prime lens from Canon, the Japan-based manufacturer. The optic will become available in multiple versions, in order to support as many formats as possible. As a result, super 35mm, full frame, and APS-C camera owners will have access to the new 35mm cine lens.

According to the Japanese company, the 35mm optic fits the void between the 24mm and 50mm lenses, while also completing the series, which includes 14mm, 85mm, and 135mm prime lenses .

The Canon 35mm cinema prime lens features a diaphragm made out of an aperture with 11 blades, in order to provide better depth-of-field handling and good bokeh.

This lens will be compatible with the company’s EOS digital camcorders and is capable of supporting 4K video recording.

Unfortunately, Canon has not disclosed the product’s release date and price details.

Carl Zeiss 28-80mm and 70-200mm cine lenses
Carl Zeiss 28-80mm and 70-200mm cine zoom lenses can be used with cameras powered by super 35mm image sensors.

Carl Zeiss announces CZ.2 28-80/T2.9 and the CZ.2 70-200/T2.9 lens duo

On the other hand, Carl Zeiss has also decided to join the NAB Show 2013. The German manufacturer has revealed several new zoom lenses for the “Compact” series.

The list includes the CZ.2 28-80/T2.9 and the CZ.2 70-200/T2.9 lenses. Both are said to weigh less than 6.2 pounds and feature a trio of moveable zoom units. This technique improves image quality, which is also getting a helping hand from the large T2.9 aperture.

Zeiss used this opportunity to promise a wide-angle Compact Zoom CZ.2 lens, which should be revealed in late 2014 and which substitutes the Lightweight Zoom LWZ.2 optic.

The manufacturer claims that these lenses are compatible with DSLR cameras and professional camcorders. However, Zeiss added that the cine lenses also are supporting the super 35mm format, making the products “future-proof”.

Both the CZ.2 28-80/T2.9 and the CZ.2 70-200/T2.9 cine primes will not show any distortion, even when recording 4K videos, added Zeiss.

The Carl Zeiss CZ.2 28-80/T2.9 and the CZ.2 70-200/T2.9 cine prime lenses have been scheduled for a release date over the following weeks. They will become available in the US for a price of $19,900 each.

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