ZEISS Compact Zoom Lens Provides Flexibility and Performance at #NABShow Wrap Up

ZEISS lenses are  known for absolute stellar performance in the world of optics, and now with the recent releases of the CZ.2 70-200mm T/2.9 and the 28-80mm Compact Zoom lenses ZEISS are continuing their tradition of excellence! The Compact Zoom CZ.2 line are compact, versatile, and ready for 4K, and even offer full-frame coverage. The size and weight of these lenses make it a perfect choice for handheld and Steadicam applications. The cine-style housing allows for the use of a follow-focus system which gives you a wide range of creative options! The zoom lenses are perfectly color-matched to ZEISS standards and are ideal for top-quality movies, feature films and documentaries.

Here is a look at the technical date sheet:

Technical Data

Compact Zoom CZ.2
Aperture range T 2.9 to T 22 T 2.9 to T 22 T 2.9 to T 22
Focal range 15-30 mm 70-200 mm 28-80 mm
Close focus distance (1) 0.55 m / 1’10” 1.52 m / 5′ 0.83 m  / 2’8″
Horizontal angle of view      
Full-Frame (2) 100-62° 29-10° 66-25°
APS-H (3) 90-54° 24-9° 57-21°
Super 35 (4) 79-46° 20-7° 48-18°
Normal 35 (5) 72-41° 18-6° 43-16°
APS-C (6) 73-42° 18-6° 43-16°
MFT (7) 59-33° 14-5° 34-12°
Length (8) 198 mm / 9.92″ 250 mm / 9.84″ 196 mm / 7.72″
Front diameter 114 mm / 4.49″ 95 mm / 3.7″ 95 mm / 3.7″
Weight 2.6 kg / 5.7 lbs 2.8 kg / 6.2 lbs 2.5 kg / 5.5 lbs
  1. Close focus distance is measured from the image plane
  2. Horizontal angle of view for a full-frame camera aperture (aspect ratio 1:1.5, dimensions 36 mm x 24 mm / 1.42″ x 0.94″)
  3. Horizontal angle of view for an APS-H camera aperture (aspect ratio 1:1.81, dimensions 30.2 mm x 16.7 mm / 1.19″ x 0.66″)
  4. Horizontal angle of view for an ANSI Super 35 Silent camera aperture (aspect ratio 1:1.33, dimensions 24.9 mm x 18.7 mm / 0.98″ x 0.74″)
  5. Horizontal angle of view for a Normal 35 Academy camera aperture (aspect ratio 1:1.37, dimensions 22 mm x 16 mm / 0.87″ x 0.63″)
  6. Horizontal angle of view for an APS-C camera aperture (aspect ratio 1:1.50, dimensions 22.3 mm x 14.9 mm / 0.88″ x 0.59″)
  7. Horizontal angle of view for a Micro 4/3 (MFT) camera aperture (aspect ratio 1:1.33, dimensions 17.3 mm x 13 mm / 0.68″ x 0.51″)
  8. Front to PL mount flange

The lightweight and compact zoom lenses feature an interchangeable mount system support PL, EF, F, MFT, and E mounting), as well as, Full frame coverage (36 x 22mm), No focus shift over the zoom range, Cine-style housing, circular shape Iris, Great flare suppression, calibrated focus scale, 4K capability, and as previous stated earlier are Colormatched with all ZEISS Prime lenses! If you are interested to learn more about the image quality of ZEISS compact Zoom Lenses watch these demo reels: /en_de/cine_lenses/compact_lenses/compact_zoom.html#escape–show-reel-

The winner of the 2013 iF Design Award and the 2013 Best of IBC Award – ZEISS Compact Zoom line is certainly a top class product from a top class manufacturer! For more information, please visit the ZEISS Camera and Cine Lenses website at

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