Carl Zeiss introduced five new prime lenses at NAB 2012 and a new zoom lens as part of the Compact Prime CP.2 family. The Compact Prime CP.2 135/T2.1 lens is now the longest lens in the Compact Prime CP.2 product line. The longer focal length and the shallow depth-of-field, allow filmmakers to shoot from a relatively long distance while separating the subject from the background area. The Compact Prime CP.2 15/T2.9 super wide-angle lens, on the other hand, provides a broad field of coverage and is perfect for use in confined spaces or to provide dramatic panoramas to help establish the scene. Distortion is extremely well controlled and horizontal and vertical lines are accurately captured in architectural settings. Both lenses begin shipping in Q4 2012 at a list price of $5,700 each.
The Compact Prime CP.2 Super Speed lense offers T1.5 aperture, in combination with the high ISO capabilities of the new HDSLR's and HD video cameras, it should perform great when working in low-light situations. The faster aperture of the Super Speed lenses helps to limit the need for artificial light, delivering more natural looking scenes with less effort and expense. The CP.2 Super Speed lenses begin shipping in August 2012 at a list price of $4,900 for the 35mm and $4,500 each for the 50mm and 85mm lenses.
The company also introduced the new Zeiss Compact Zoom CZ.2 70-200 mm/T2.9 that complements the Compact Prime CP.2 line of lenses and is the first cine style zoom lens of its kind with interchangeable mount and full frame compatibility. According to Carl Zeiss, it is a perfect companion to the smaller, lighter HD video and cine cameras introduced in the last year - especially when used with steadicam systems, as it weights only 2.8kg (6.2lbs). The producer believes that this lens will be perfect for action sequences by allowing the camera to be used hand-held for a greater range of motion. The Zeiss Compact Zoom begins shipping in November at a list price of $19,900.