If you’ve been craving the ability to go from 50mm to 1000mm all in one lens, Canon has just what you’re looking for. Announced earlier today, the CINE-SERVO 50–1000mm T5.0–8.9 Ultra-Telephoto Zoom lens is being labeled ‘world’s longest 4K ultra-telephoto zoom lens for large-format single-sensor cameras,” and it comes with a price tag that’s as impressive as its zoom range.
When it comes to the type of glass used in still photography, versus the glass used in motion picture, there’s quite a dramatic difference in design, quality and price. Quite often, it’s the last of those differences that is the most inhibiting for photogs who want to dabble around in motion picture.
To help ease that transition, Caleb Pike of DSLR Video Shooter has broken down a way in which you can convert still photography lenses into psuedo-cine lenses at minimal cost. Read more…
In his recent Twitter Q&A session regarding House being filmed with a 5D Mark II, director Greg Yaitanes answered a question about differences of the new setup by saying, “focus was hard with these lenses but more “cine-style” lenses are being made as we speak.” Lo and behold, new cine lenses are being announced!
Carl Zeiss has just announced the first set of prime and zoom lenses designed specifically for HDSLR cameras. The new Compact Prime CP.2 and Lightweight Zoom LWZ.2 lenses have interchangeable mounts and can be used on F (Nikon), EF (Canon), and PL (traditional cine camera) systems.
The primes range in focal length from 18mm to 85mm and can be used on full frame cameras, while the zooms are limited to crop sensor bodies. Here’s an interesting quote from the press release:
The trend of filming in high definition using a digital SLR camera is unstoppable. Moviemaking today is unthinkable without this technique, whether for independent filmmakers, television producers or professional still photographers who wish to expand their services.
Pricing was not unannounced, but the lenses will be available starting June 2010.