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Zeiss expands Supreme Radiance range with 4 Cine Primes

Zeiss jut added new 18mm, 40mm, 65mm, and 135mm lenses to Supreme Radiance range

Zeiss adds 4 cine primes to supreme radiance range
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ZEISS has added 4 new cine primes to their Supreme Radiance range, which launched originally back in 2019.

The 18mm and 135mm focal lengths add telephoto and wide-angle specialties to the seven focal lengths available to date.

In addition, the new 40mm and 65mm lenses enhance the standard range, meaning that the ZEISS Supreme Prime Radiance family, as a self-contained series, now covers all possible applications for high-end film production.

With a maximum aperture of T1.5, all eleven focal lengths stand out for their high speed and allow the finest nuances of light to be perceived, even in low-light conditions.

ZEISS Supreme Prime Radiance lenses offer a distinctive look with consistent flares that can be controlled at all times and used without compromise.

Moreover, the ZEISS T* blue coating was developed especially for this series to allow users to create this look across all focal lengths – without having to sacrifice contrast or light transmission.

“The ZEISS Supreme Prime Radiance lenses began as a variant and complement to our existing ZEISS Supreme Prime lenses and have now evolved into a high-end cine set in their own right,” explains Christophe Casenave, responsible for the cine portfolio at ZEISS.

He added “their sophisticated, artistic design has been so well received by the cine community that we are proud to expand the line with four new lenses, offering a comprehensive set of focal lengths for all kinds of artistic demands in cine productions.” These include everything from blockbusters to auteur films to the new era of cinematic episodic television produced by streaming providers.

Supreme Radiance 18mm Zeiss
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Supreme Quality, Vintage and Organic Feel

Among the first to use ZEISS Supreme Prime Radiance lenses was Emmy award-winning Director of Photography (DOP) Dana Gonzales, ASC.

For the fourth season of the iconic series Fargo, it wasn’t just the costume design, production design, and color palette that had to convey the look of the 1950s, but above all, the visual imagery. To portray this Kodachrome look, the ZEISS Radiance lenses worked perfectly for him.

Thanks to their versatile visual look, which is characterized by an extremely smooth transition between in-focus and out-of-focus areas and elegant bokeh, the lenses can be used in a flexible manner and for every artistic need.

Highly Controllable Lens Flares

According to Gonzales, it is the pleasant softness that particularly sets ZEISS Supreme Prime Radiance lenses apart: “I use quite a bit of diffusion, but they are still very sharp with a soft fall-off, reminiscent of vintage lenses. I always embrace them and love the organic way the Radiance captures them.

The flares always feel right and not forced.” Now, cinematographers can experience even greater creative freedom provided by telephoto and wide-angle focal lengths that are now part of the ZEISS Supreme Prime Radiance family.

Zeiss Supreme Radiance lenses – set of 11 cine primes

Compact Full-Frame Lenses with ZEISS eXtended Data Metadata Technology

Like the ZEISS Supreme Prime lenses, the ZEISS Supreme Prime Radiance lenses offer all the attributes of a state-of-the-art cine lens. And with an image circle diameter of 46.3mm, they cover current large-format cine sensors and are compatible with the latest cine cameras such as the Sony Venice, the Alexa Mini LF, or the RED Monstro.

Furthermore, the Supreme Radiance primes feature a uniform front diameter of 95mm and consistently positioned focus and aperture rings, they feature smooth and reliable focusing, simplifying the task of changing lenses on set. The rugged lenses’ average weight is about 1,600 grams (3.5 lbs).

The lenses are equipped with the ZEISS eXtended Data metadata technology launched in 2017, meaning they provide frame-by-frame data on lens vignetting and distortion in addition to the standard metadata provided by Cooke’s /i technology protocol. This simplifies and speeds up workflows, particularly for VFX and virtual production.

When are they shipping?

The new ZEISS Supreme Prime Radiance focal lengths are now available for purchase as a set of four lenses from authorized ZEISS cine lens dealers. Be sure to check out the Zeiss page over at B&H Photo/Video.

The new 4 lens set (18mm, 40mm, 65mm, 135mm) Radiance is also known as the Ruby Set, and you can pre-order it here.

And last, but not least, Zeiss estimates deliveries of these new lenses to commence sometime in Q3 2021. 

You can order the previous set of 7 lenses or exclusively purchase a complete set consisting of all 11 Radiance cine lenses.

via Zeiss Cinematography

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