Are affordable cinema zoom lenses coming?

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Mar 122015

In the third and final part of ON THE COUCH with lens manufacturers Zeiss (Christophe Casenave), Samyang (Joost Wierenga) and SLR Magic (Andrew Chan), we talked about why manufacturers like themselves focus on manufacturing 35mm full frame lenses, not releasing any Super35 lenses any more – despite the fact that 95% of all professional cinema cameras only have a Super35mm sensor…

Next we moved on to zoom lenses and why it is so hard for lens manufacturers to design an affordable cinema zoom lens – which doesn’t really exist on the market right now (except maybe the Sony 28-135mm f/4 lens). Christophe from Zeiss and Andrew from SLR Magic mentioned how hard it is to design a zoom lens for cinema market. While photo zooms can have breathing and focus shift, it is not accepted on cinema lenses. “Compromise” lenses might be on the way … however, as Christophe said, “At Zeiss we are very bad at making compromises”.

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