After a brief teaser campaign, Zeiss has introduced a new line of cinema lenses for full-frame mirrorless cameras. The Zeiss Nano Prime lenses come in six focal lengths, ranging from 18mm to 100mm, and each has a fast T1.5 aperture.
“Nano Primes are lenses for every cinematographer. Whether you’re a new or experienced director of photography. For any budget. No matter how tiny or large. For every project. No matter if for commercials, documentaries, or music videos, for series, independent, or feature films,” Zeiss claims, adding that the new Nano Primes “won’t let you down.”
The six Nano Prime lenses are designed to look like Zeiss’ Supreme prime lenses, but at a lower cost.
The new Nano Primes include a 95mm compendium ring and an 86mm screw-in filter thread. They are designed to withstand severe circumstances such as winter weather and rain.
While each lens has the same overall design, including uniform gear placements, the lengths and weights differ slightly. For example, the 18mm T1.5 lens weighs 1.2 kilograms and has a length of 112 millimeters. The 100mm T1.5 Nano Prime is similarly huge and hefty, weighing 1.3 kilograms and measuring 112 millimeters. Other lenses in the set weigh between 0.84 and 1.15 kg.
The lenses also have different minimum focusing distances, which range from 25.4 centimeters for the 18mm lens to 100 cm for the 100mm prime. In terms of focus, all of the lenses require manual adjustment. The lenses, however, incorporate electronic connectivity for information, focus distance, and aperture. Additional lens data, like as distortion and vignette information, are available via the Zeiss CinCraft ecosystem.
Each lens features a 12-bladed circular aperture iris with a manual aperture control ring. The aperture ring revolves 90 degrees while the focus rings spin 280 degrees.
While the new Zeiss Nano Primes come with an E-mount, they also include Zeiss’ Interchangeable Mount System (IMS).
The Zeiss Nano Prime cinema lenses are now available for preorder, with prices ranging from $4,490 to $4,490 per.
The lenses are also available as a full set with a custom hard case for $25,950. The case is also available separately for $850. If each lens was bought separately, the total cost would be $27,940, plus $850 for the case. Customers save $2,840 with the six-lens bundle.