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Zeiss CP.3 XD 85mm T2.1 Compact Prime Lens - PL Mount

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  • Covers Full-Frame Format
  • PL Mount
  • T2.1 to T22 Aperture Range
  • Geared Focus and Iris Control Rings
  • Clickless Iris Ring
  • 14-Blade Iris
  • eXtended Data (XD) and /i Connections
  • Classic Zeiss Image Rendering
  • Improved Ergonomics over Last-Gen CP.2
  • Lens Scale Marked in Feet

The Zeiss CP.3 XD 85mm T2.1 Compact Prime Lens - PL Mount offers full-frame sensor coverage presented in the signature Zeiss look, giving you clean and crisp image rendering. The Zeiss CP.3 XD 85mm T2.1 Compact Prime Lens - PL Mount includes the new eXtended Data connections which transmit essential lens metadata through both a Cooke /i interface on the mount itself and a 4-pin LEMO connection on the lens body. The Zeiss CP.3 XD 85mm T2.1 Compact Prime Lens - PL Mount has improved mechanics and lens coatings compared to its CP.2 predecessor and shares the same physical length as the 15, 18, 21, 25, 28, 35, and 50mm CP.3 lens, all while maintaining identical focus and iris gear positioning with the rest of the CP.3 lenses, relative to the mount. All CP.3 lenses also share the same 95mm front diameter. Similar physical attributes across the lens line makes fitting lens accessories such as matte boxes, follow focuses, lens supports, and lens control motors easier and less time consuming.

Another feature handed down from the preceding CP.2 lenses is the interchangeable mounts. This lens comes with a PL mount installed. Though, if you wish to fit your CP.3 lens to a different camera, the lens mount can be swapped by the user for a separately available mount of a different kind. If you like the bokeh in your images to be round, even after stopping down, you will be pleased to know that the 14-bladed iris from the CP.2 has not been left out of the optical design.

Please Note: While the CP.3 lenses are designed for a degree of user-serviceability regarding the mount, for ideal performance and calibration, we recommend that mount swaps and other lens adjustments be done by a trained lens technician at a service center.

Zeiss eXtended Data (XD) Technology

Combining Cooke's /i lens metadata protocol with Zeiss-specific datasets for each lens enables focal length, focus position, iris setting, and depth-of-field calculation metadata transmission to a wide range of cameras and production equipment. All information is transmitted in real-time through the 12-o'clock positioned pins on the PL mount and 4-pin LEMO port on the barrel of the lens and is captured for every individual frame. The lens data can be leveraged for accurate focus pulling when combined with a rangefinder or recorded alongside the video footage and applied in post-production. In particular, the recording of Zeiss-specific datasets enable DITs using Pomfort or DaVinci Resolve software to analyze recorded footage to remove distortion and shading in post-production.

One advantage to this system lies in the fact that a production team can save the time in pre-production normally spent mapping out each lens's distortion manually with focus charts. The eXtended Data workflow is both more precise and quicker saving both time and money on productions, especially ones that plan on using VFX.

Signature Zeiss Look

Zeiss lenses are known for their clean and crisp image rendering. The CP.3 series of lenses is no different. This CP.3 lens will accurately color-match to other Zeiss cinema lenses inside and out of the CP.3 range. The CP.3 lenses feature improved lens coatings and anti-reflection masking over the CP.2 range for increased contrast and reduced flare, important for capturing content with the intent of an HDR-format release.

New Ergonomic Design

For enhanced ergonomics over the previous-generation CP.2 lenses, the CP.3 lens barrel has been reshaped to be more similar to the renowned Zeiss Ultra Prime lenses. This new shape is easier to handle, and takes up less physical space than the original Compact Prime design. An even weight distribution ensures that these lenses will be at home handheld, locked down on a tripod, or flown on a steadicam or motorized gimbal.

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  • Zeiss CP.3 XD 85mm T2.1 Compact Prime Lens (PL Mount, Feet)
  • Limited 1-Year Warranty
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SKU 97681
Brands Zeiss
MPN 2178-028
UPC 4047865904674
Mount PL
Focal Length 85mm
Aperture T2.1 to T22
Close Focus Distance 3.3' / 1 m
Image Circle 43.2 mm
Focus Rotation 300°
Iris Blades 15
Front Lens Diameter 95 mm
Focus Scales Feet
Length 3.3" / 83.7 mm
Weight 1.9 lb / 0.88 kg

Packaging Info

Package Weight 4.4 lb
Box Dimensions (LxWxH) 10.0 x 9.2 x 9.0"
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