Lenses

Mega retailer WEX is hosting its second annual Lens Show in London on Saturday - and there are still places available. A dedicated video floor lets you try optics from companies like Zeiss, Schneider, Canon and more, and meet representatives from the lens makers to answer any questions you have.

There are also seminars from eminent people in the moviemaking industry like Jim Marks, Phillip Bloom and Simeon Quarrie. The full information reads:

Zeiss has revealed the next-generation of its popular CP.2 Compact Prime lenses – the Zeiss CP.3 and CP.3 XD range.

The lenses are smaller and more compact than the CP.2s and come in focal lengths from 15mm to 135mm. T-stops are T2.9 from 15 to 21mm and T2.1 from 25 to 135mm. All focal lengths now also cover full frame sensors where the 8mm CP.2 doesn’t.

 The sizes of the new optics lenses are more consistent to make swapping between them on rigs easier.

 All the CP.3s have a 95mm front diameter where the CP.2s were 114mm. There are 14-blade apertures for smooth out-of-focus areas and the focus rings all have 300° of focus rotation.

 The XD line provides metadata to enable automatic correction of distortion and vignetting in post production, and are ideal for films using special effects. The full press release says:

Sigma has widened its new Cine lens range with the Cine FF High Speed 14mm and 135mm T2 full-frame lenses. Sigma now offers seven cine prime lenses, from 14mm to 135mm, and three zooms: the 18-35, 24-35 and 50-100 T2.

The lenses are suitable for up to 8K resolution and most are available in Canon EF, Sony E mount and PL mounts. Sigma will change mounts if you change cameras.

The lenses have a focus ring with feet and metre markings - you decide which you want when you buy - which are luminous to make settings easier to see in the dark.

There are no details of price or availability yet.

Samyang has unveiled a new VDSLR 16mm T2.6 cine lens. This means Samyang now makes 19 cine-style lenses. Thirteen are for DSLRs and six for mirrorless system cameras.

The new 16mm T2.6 will be available in June at a price of £529. The official info says:

Canon has revealed a new Compact-Servo 70-200mm Telephoto Zoom Lens. It's the second in the new range of Canon cine lenses, to go alongside the similarly sized and specced 18-80mm lens. It's for Super35-sized sensors and will be priced at £6,099, not including the servo grip, in the UK later this year. Canon's information says: 

Sony has revealed a new G-Master 100-400mm zoom, as an ideal complement to the new superfast sports camera A9 which was launched today. To answer the need for longer focal-length lenses for its new £4500 mirrorless camera, the new zoom will be available in June for approximately £2500. The variable maximum aperture of f/4.5-5.6 is slightly disappointing, but it means the price and weight can be kept down. Sony's official information says:

Zeiss has added a new 135mm f/2.8 lens to its Batis family of full-frame autofocus optics for Sony E mount. There’s built-in optical image stablisation and an OLED display in a metal housing which is weather resistant. The lens will be available in May for £1749.99/ $1999. Zeiss’ official information says:

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