Zeiss Unveils Supreme Prime Radiance Lenses

The new set of seven T1.5 lenses will be exhibited at Camerimage Nov. 9-16.

Zeiss has unveiled the Zeiss Supreme Prime Radiance lenses, a set of seven high-end cinematography lenses ranging from 21mm to 100mm and offering a maximum aperture of T1.5. Based on the high-speed Zeiss Supreme Prime lens family, the lenses feature the new T*blue coating, which offers a distinctive look and consistent flares without compromises.  

“Our Supreme Prime Radiance lenses deliver stunning, consistent flares across all focal lengths that cinematographers can create at will,” says Christophe Casenave, product manager for cinema products at Zeiss. “This new lens family has been infused with Zeiss’ experience and passion for premium-quality cinematography lenses, combined with our aspiration to support filmmakers throughout the creative process.

“When we spoke to filmmakers and industry experts, we took a close look at the appeal of flares and their unique impact on the atmosphere of a movie,” he continues. “We didn’t just want to reproduce the effects, but to create tools that would allow this effect to be achieved at any time and in a controlled manner, and so, the T* blue coating was born.”

In addition to their flare behavior, the new lenses offer all the benefits of Zeiss Supreme Primes. Thanks to their image-circle diameter of 46.3mm, they cover the current large-format cinematography sensors and are therefore compatible with the latest camera models, including the Sony Venice, the Arri Alexa LF and Mini LF and the Red Monstro. Moreover, they feature a front diameter of 95mm with consistently positioned focus and aperture rings.

The lenses are equipped with the Zeiss Extended Data metadata technology launched in 2017, providing frame-by-frame data on lens vignetting and distortion in addition to the standard metadata provided using the Cooke /i technology protocol.

Zeiss Supreme Prime Radiance lenses can be ordered through March 31, 2020, and are available from Zeiss dealers exclusively as a set: 21mm, 25mm, 29mm, 35mm, 50mm, 85mm and 100mm. The lenses will ship in April.

The lenses will be exhibited Nov. 9-16 at the Camerimage International Film Festival in Poland. The festival will also screen the short film R&R, shot with the lenses by Rodrigo Prieto, ASC, AMC.

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