Carl Zeiss roll out two Compact Primes

Further to yesterday's announcement, Carl Zeiss has officially unwrapped the Compact Prime 50mm T2.1 Makro and 100 mm T2.1 Planar for use with the Canon EOS 5D and similarly specified HD DSLRs. In case you're wondering what it is with the T-stops, they're the actual f-stop, as opposed to the relative aperture seen on still lenses. So, for instance it's fair to assume the 50mm f/2.0 Makro Planar on which the new CP.2 lens is based is actually f/2.1 or T/2.1. Not enough of a difference to cause a stir.
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OBERKOCHEN/Germany, 09.09.2010. Carl Zeiss has expanded its popular Compact Prime CP.2 lens series with two new focal lengths: the 50 mm with macro and 100 mm with close focus function. These lenses have been specially developed for filming with HDSLR cameras and will be presented for the first time at the IBC in Amsterdam (September 10-14). Product delivery is scheduled for the 4th quarter of 2010. Retail price starts at EUR 3.700 excl. VAT.
The CP.2 100 mm/T2.1 CF is based on the Planar design and is the longest focal length in the Compact Prime CP.2 lens series so far. It extends the series by adding a very fast telephoto lens with a close-up focusing range of 0.7 meters. The CP.2 50mm/T2.1 Makro is based on the Makro-Planar design and allows close-up shots to be taken with the object at a distance of just 24 centimeters. This responds to the wishes of many filmmakers. All Compact Prime CP.2 lenses come with interchangeable mounts, guaranteeing maximum flexibility now and in the future, in every situation, and for various camera platforms.
Thanks to the lenses’ aperture of T2.1, they are perfectly suited to filming in low-light situations. The macro lens allows the capture of even the smallest details, such as an engraving inside a ring. By contrast, the telephoto lens can be used to draw attention to picture elements at a distance, such as the facial expression of a main character. Both lenses reduce reflections, thus contributing to the creation of contrast-rich, expressive shots.
“With these new focal lengths, Carl Zeiss is expanding its Compact Prime CP.2 lens series with two classic, highly light-intensive lenses that open up new creative possibilities for cinematographers during filming,” said Martin Klottig, Marketing Manager of the Camera Lens Division of Carl Zeiss AG. The Compact Prime CP.2 lenses are already available in seven focal lengths ranging from 18 to 85 mm.
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