ZEISS Lightweight Zoom LWZ.3 21-100mm/T2.9-3.9 T*
There is a new face on the scene: ZEISS has introduced another player in the world of cinema lenses. The ZEISS Lightweight Zoom LWZ.3 21-100mm/T2.9-3.9 is a Super 35mm format lens, the first lens the company has brought out in six years. It was designed and developed with the needs of recent 35mm large sensor cinema camera owners in mind. All the ZEISS cinema zoom lens series to CZ.2 were manufactured in Oberkochen, but this new LWZ.3 is the first cinema zoom lens for ZEISS that is made in Japan. Of course, everything from the lens specs to the image quality tuning reflects 100 years of the ZEISS’ cinema lens expertise.
Super 35mm large sensor cameras such as the Canon EOS C100 Mark II, EOS C300 Mark II, Sony PXW-FS7, OXW-FS5, Blackmagic Design URSA Mini 4.6K, and RED Dragon, etc., currently dominate the mid-range cinema lens market.
There are many camera users who uses full-frame 35mm lenses for the less light falloffs around the corners and high resolution, but these lenses are expensive and are therefore out of reach for many young owner-operators. Therefore to address this sector of the market, the LWZ.3. was designed without compromising image quality, but in a smaller form factor and lightweight which is easy to operate and affordable, by tailoring the image circle to Super 35mm format.
This LWZ.3 is 226mm long and weighs just 2.0kg. The front diameter measures 114mm, and the gear pitch is the cine standard: 0.8M.
With the zoom ratio of nearly 5 times, this 21mm-100mm conveniently covers a commonly used focal lengths, and it matches the sharpness and contrasts of ZEISS’ own primes lenses.
Without trading off performance for price, this lens has an aperture range of T2.9-22 with 11 iris blades, and the MOD is 80cm. The compatible lens mounts are the same as the Compact Prime (CP.2) and the Compact Zoom (CZ.2): PL, EF, F, E, MFT, and it comes with the Interchangeable Mount System (IMS) which makes it easy for customers to adapt the lens to their current camera system.
The highly acclaimed CZ.2 lenses maybe out of reach for personal purchases, but LWZ.3 is a very good lens which users can actually own.
Purchase the LWZ.3 lens and renting the necessary CP.2 lenses to fill focal gaps if the film budget allows — will result in a faster return on investment for owner operators. This is a different approach in terms of cinema lens product marketing for ZEISS.
LWZ.3 is perfect for the mid-range film makers shooting documentary films, corporate videos, and commercials, and is assumed to be widely accepted in the marketplace. This lens is planned to be shipping at end of January 2017.