Carl Zeiss today announced 15mm and 135mm members in its CP.2 family of adaptable lenses geared for both cinema and SLR uses and due to ship in the fourth quarter.
The CP.2 line of Compact Prime lenses can be fitted with adapters to Canon or Nikon SLRs, to PL-mount cameras common in the video and cinema industry, Micro Four Thirds cameras from Olympus and Pansonic, or Sony's NEX cameras with E-mount lenses. The CP.2 line is geared for cinema purposes, though, for example with a long-travel focusing ring.
The lens family spotlights the convergence of traditional photography and video markets. Led by Canon's 5D Mark II three years ago, SLRs have become widely used in many video applications. The new 5D Mark III is expected to continue the trend with even better low-light shooting abilities that can make it faster to set up scenes that otherwise would require more lighting. And the Nikon D800 has high-quality HDMI output and appears to capture sharper video than the Canon rival, according to some early testing by Dan Chung of Dslrnewsshooter.com.
The Compact Prime CP.2 15/T2.9 weighs 900g, and the Compact Prime CP.2 135/T2.1 weighs 1.6kg. Both are scheduled to ship in the fourth quarter for $5,700.
The German lensmaker announced the lenses in conjunction with the National Association of Broadcasters (NAB) show in Las Vegas.