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Carl Zeiss to offer Compact Prime CP.2 lenses in Sony and Micro 4/3 mounts

Carl Zeiss has announced that Sony Alpha and Olympus/Panasonic Micro Four Thirds mounts will be an option for their CP.2 (Compact Prime ) lenses made for video-enabled DSLRs. The company has also said the CP.2 lenses using the Nikon F mount, also announced previously as an option, will be available in Q4 of 2010. Two new models, the Compact Prime CP.2 50 mm/T2.1 Makro and CP.2 100mm/T2.1 CF, previously available in PL and Canon EF mount will now also be offered in Nikon F mount. The CP.2 lenses differ externally to the Zeiss ZF and ZE range, with their calibrated lens scales, and cine style barrel but the optical train is identical. The CP-.2 lenses also feature interchangeable lens mounts, allowing the user to switch between camera makes.

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Press release:

OBERKOCHEN/Germany, 08.09.2010.
In 4th quarter of 2010, ZEISS Compact Prime CP.2 lenses will be available with F-mount. The Compact Prime CP.2 series, presented last April, were the first lenses developed especially for shooting with HDSLR cameras. Since then, the lenses have been highly sought after by cinematographers and film photographers alike. In addition to the PL-, EF- and F-mount, Carl Zeiss will soon also be offering the Compact Prime CP.2 lenses with Micro 4/3 and A-mount.

The Compact Prime CP.2 lenses’ inter- changeable mount means the lenses can be used for many purposes. The lenses have a compact and robust build so that they can handle any demand on the film set.

“With the new enhancement of mounts we want to meet the needs of our customers”, says Michael Schiehlen, Head of Sales of Carl Zeiss AG Camera Lens Division. “The possibility of using our CP.2 lenses flexibly for three different camera systems is not only interesting for new customers. Stores that rent cameras and camera equipment also benefit from the lenses’ enhanced flexibility.”

Just in time for the IBC in Amsterdam, Carl Zeiss has announced two new focus lengths that will also be available with F-mount: Compact Prime CP.2 50 mm/T2.1 Makro and CP.2 100mm/T2.1 CF. They complement the seven focal lengths from 18 to 85 millimeters that are already available.

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