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NAB 2018: The New Zeiss CP.3 Lens Line Is Here

Jourdan Aldredge

This week at NAB 2018, Zeiss’s popular lens line finally gets its full frame and metadata-rich update. Here’s what you need to know.

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As we covered at NAB last year, Zeiss’s powerful compact lens line received an update for the digital filmmaking future with the CP.3 lens family. We got our hands on some of the new lenses last year, and we were definitely impressed; however, we were already excited about a new “XD” version, which now offers greater full-frame camera compatibility — and the much-anticipated metadata stream.

As you can see in a great interview with No Film School, Zeiss brought the updated lens line to the NAB Show floor. So, let’s look at how the new CP.3 line stacks up.

Full Frame Friendly

When we got our hands on the CP.3 line, the lenses ranged from 18mm to 135mm and looked great on a Blackmagic URSA Mini Pro in 4.6K. However, to keep up with the market, Zeiss’s new CP.3 line is now full frame friendly, on everything from the Sony Venice to ARRI Alexas to the new Canon C700 FF full frame offering.

Rich Metadata

However, the most exciting element of the new CP.3 line is its eXtended Data Technology (“XD”), which offers real-time metadata on lens distortion and shading characteristics, which you can monitor and share with pre-vis modified images for search functions and data wrangling. You can read more about Zeiss’s XD technology on their website, but for filmmakers looking at metadata mining as the way of the future, the new CP.3s are the way to go.

The new Zeiss CP.3 lenses are quite an investment, coming in at almost $5,000 a lens (less for packages), so rental packages may be your best option. For more information on cinema and prime lenses, check out some of these resources:

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