Pro Moviemaker November 2022 - Web


lightweight champion! The ZEISS LWZ.3 zoom delivers a knockout

punch, taking top honours in our Pro Moviemaker Gear of the Year Awards

I f you are serious about filmmaking, demand a lot out of your kit and want it to not only last for a very long time but deliver stunning quality, legendary lens brand ZEISS should be on your radar. From sublime Supreme, Master and Ultra Primes, to the incredible Master Anamorphics and award-winning CP.3 Compact Primes, these are the lenses most likely to be coveted by creative cinematographers in the know. Not every shoot is perfect for a prime lens, with its ultra-fast wide aperture. Sometimes you need the convenience of fast focal length changes, for quick- moving jobs or dolly shots you can only achieve with a zoom, for example. Perhaps the budget won’t stretch to a full set of primes, but you still demand the sort of image quality expected from a premium prime lens. That’s why ZEISS offers the LWZ.3 21- 100mm T2.9-3.9 T*, with the renowned image quality, handling and ergonomics of a true cinema-style zoom lens – but one that works as an ideal all-rounder, covering most shooting situations. And as it’s available to fit Sony E, Canon EF, Nikon F, PL and Micro Four Thirds cameras, it’s one of the most versatile parfocal cine zooms you can buy at any price. Best of all, ZEISS supplies a range of mounts that filmmakers can easily change to suit different machines. That really does future-proof your investment, since any

camera purchases will be accommodated both easily and cheaply. And it comes with shims to perfectly set up the lens to your device, like many very high-end cinema lenses do. Combined with its low 2kg/4.4lb weight that’s ideal for compact Super 35 cinema cameras, it’s fast gaining a reputation as a true hero lens. That’s why readers of Pro Moviemaker voted it zoom lens of the year 2022 in our prestigious awards. Cine lens advantage The handling benefits of a real cinema lens include consistent T stops, long- throw focusing and zoom rings, plus de-clicked iris rings. Of course, a zoom can replace a set of primes when you can’t carry a bagful of lenses around, else they would slow you down. A ZEISS zoom offers the advantage of more precise framing, so there’s no time wasted changing lenses between shots. Compared to DSLR and mirrorless- type AF zooms, the ZEISS cine zoom is designed to minimise focus breathing and zoom shift – meaning you can do large focus pulls or zoom in during shooting, without having to stop and reframe. Not to mention, the tactile feel of the focus ring gives instant changes. There’s none of the lag that you’ll often find with electronically controlled optics. As a true parfocal cinema lens, the focusing lens group and zooming lens group are kept separate. When you zoom

“That’s why ZEISS ZEISS offers the LWZ.3, with offers the LWZ.3, with renowned image quality, handling and ergonomics of a true cinema-style zoom lens”

UNDISPUTED CHAMP The ZEISS Lightweight Zoom is a clear winner, defeating all-comers in the zoom lens class



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