Zeiss has announced their newest set of cinema lenses for advertising and movie production. Although these lenses are smaller than their counterparts, the German company promises that they will offer top of the line results for filmmakers.
It’s being reported by Sony Alpha Rumors that Zeiss are planning to launch the world’s first lens with ALON lens elements. Perhaps a 35mm f/1.8 Sony FE mount pancake lens. ALON is Aluminium Oxynitride, which is essentially “transparent aluminum“. Yes, that’s right Star Trek technology is coming to lenses. Maybe.
It’s not often that you see a small company challenge the likes of Zeiss. It’s even less common to see one actually beat them in comparative tests. But that’s exactly what Veydra have done in some new tests from the folks at LensRentals. For those unfamiliar with Veydra, it was only just over three years ago that they were seeking funding on Kickstarter for their new line of compact Micro Four Thirds cinema lenses.
The prices for Kickstarter backers were very low considering the quality people hoped for. Even now that they’re on general sale, they’re still substantially cheaper than Zeiss CP.2 series lenses. Now also available in Sony APS-C E Mount, these small, less expensive lenses seem to be the way for many video shooters to go.
85mm is a commonly used lens, very much loved by portrait photographers. If you’re thinking of buying one, photographer Dustin Abbott is giving quite a detailed comparison in his two new videos. He compares four top 85mm lenses: Canon 85mm f/1.4L IS, Sigma 85mm f/1.4 ART, Tamron 85mm f/1.8 VC and Zeiss Otus 1.4. So if you still haven’t made the decision which one is right for you, this video might answer some questions.
For some, the humble mobile phone is their weapon fo choice when it comes to shooting video. For others, it’s simply what they have with them at the time. But regardless of which category we fall into, we want to get the best footage we can. A phone’s only ever going to be so good, but that doesn’t mean we can’t make the effort. In this video from the folks over at Moment Lenses, we see how best to use Filmic Pro to get the most cinematic footage out of our phones.
Bumping the Milvus family of lenses up to 11, Zeiss have announced the Zeiss Milvis 1.4/25. As the name suggests, a 25mm f/1.4 wide angle lens. The wide angle and super fast aperture makes it ideally suited to both location portrait as well as astrophotography. Not to mention landscape and architectural photography.
Designed for full frame DSLRs, the manual focus lens is available for both Nikon and Canon. It features a weather resistant construction with internal seals to fight against dust and moisture. At a $2,399 price tag, though, it’s not going to be start popping up in everybody’s kit bag.
According to a report by Reuters, a stake in Leica is up for sale. Buyout group Blackstone is in talks with potential buyers, and Zeiss is one of the potential buyers. 45% percent stake in Leica is up for sale, and judging from the report, there are already several acquirers interested.
This little saga started a couple of months ago, but now the US International Trade Commission (ITC) has opened an official patent infringement investigation. Reuters reports that the ITC launched the probe on Friday into Nikon digital cameras, software and components. This comes in response to complains filed against Nikon by Carl Zeiss and ASML.
Of course, Nikon started this fight, filing lawsuits against Zeiss and ASML back in April. They accused the two companies of using Nikon’s patented lithography technology without permission or licenses. Several days later, both Zeiss and ASML filed their own countersuits claiming Nikon had their technogy inside Nikon’s digital cameras.
These days it seems that 135mm lenses are everywhere. After Sigma’s release of 135mm F/1.8 DG HSM Art lens, now Zeiss has their Batis 135mm f/2.8 ready for preorders. I was surprised (to say the least) by the price of Sigma’s lens, no matter the gorgeous photos it takes. However, now it becomes clear where they got the inspiration from. The new Zeiss 135mm lens has many god sides for sure, but it comes with a really high price tag!