NABshow Wrap Up: Lenses

Thursday sees the conclusion of NAB 2013, and it’s been just as eventful as any of the previous years, if not more so. 4k (aka UltraHD) has cemented itself as more than just hype, and the entire show seemed to revolve around creating bigger and better images. Our wrap up will examine how each element of the imagemaking process advanced this year, and we’ll do it installments.

First up: lenses.

Arri/Zeiss Master Anamorphic Prime Lenses: Arri debuted the 35, 50, and 75mm T/1.9 Master Anamorphic lenses, expected to ship in May 2013. The company will roll out the set’s remaining four primes within a year: the 100mm in August 2013, the 40mm in October, the 60mm in November, and in February 2014 the 135mm.

According to Cinescopophilia, “The price range is expected to be €29,900 for each lens, however the 100mm lens should be around €31,900 and the 135mm around €34,900.”

Cooke Anamorphic Prime Lenses:  Cooke showed off their prototype 25, 32, 40, 50, 75, 100, and 135mm T/2.3 anamorphic primes. According to Matt Duclos, the lenses will feature 2x squeeze and  “Cooke’s i/data system for those that prefer a little bit of data with their images.” Delivery is slated for early 2014.

Carl Zeiss Compact Zoom Lens:  Zeiss announced the CZ.2 28-80 T/2.9, a replacement for the Lightweight Zoom LWZ.2. The 28-80 fills the wide-angle gap in Zeiss’s Compact Zoom line, which already includes the CZ.2 70-200 T/2.9.

Features include: three independently moveable zoom groups, full-frame (24x36mm) coverage, an interchangeable mount system (PL, EF, F, MFT and E), T* anti-reflective coating, and geared cine-style housing.

The Compact Zoom 28-80 T/2.9 will be available starting June for €14,900 or US$19,900. (Lead time for the Compact Zoom CZ.2 70-200 T/2.9 is currently six to seven months. Zeiss intends to increase production capacities to reduce the lead time to three to four months.)

Schneider Xenon-FF: As we mentioned earlier, Schneider is entering the DSLR lens market with the Xenon-FF Primes, a variation on Schneider’s Cine-Xenar III series. Currently the line features 35, 50, and 75mm primes–available in Nikon, Canon EF, or PL mount–with additional wide and telephoto options on the way.

Tokina 11-16 & 16-28 Cine Lenses: Tokina debuted an adaptation of their popular 11-16 f/2.8 still lens, a manual 11-16 T/3 for Super35 and APS-C sized sensors, with Canon and Nikon mount options. In an interview with FreshDV, Tokina says the new zoom will have “the same optics, but it’s completely mechanical. No AF, a de-clicked aperture, and .8 focus gearing.” The 11-16 T/3 is expected to ship  Summer 2013, with a price point under $2K.

Also on display was the 16-28 T/3 cine style zoom, based on their 16-28 f/2.8 full frame AT-X still lens. The all-mechanical rehousing features an increased focus throw of 120˚, manual aperture, and 3 mounting options (Canon, Nikon and PL). The list price starts at $5500 for all mount options (though Tokina predicts a lower sale price), with a ship date by August 2013.

Fore more great lens information and pics straight from the floor, check out the rolling updates at Matt Duclos’s blog Circle of Confusion. There were obviously more lenses on the floor than listed above, but these are some of the standouts. What did we miss? What are you looking forward to most? Let us know in the comments.


 [image via Circle of Confusion.]

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