I can’t begin to describe how excited I am about these new lenses from Carl Zeiss. 15-blade iris, beautiful oval bokeh, no distortion, and fast T1.9 aperture. And, counter to pre-IBC speculation, Zeiss maintained the characteristic horizontal blue streaking and flaring. (There had been some speculation among my colleagues that Zeiss would make these lenses not flare because it was believed that Zeiss’ optical engineers disliked that particular characteristic of anamorphic lenses. Fortunately, Zeiss knows how much many of us love those flares and designed the lenses with that in mind.)
These new lenses use most of the same mechanics as the spherical Master Primes, with an all-new focusing mechanism that Zeiss says eliminates the need for manual adjustment of the anamorphic element on-set. Although these lenses were designed especially for digital cinema capture with the Arri Alexa Plus and Alexa Studio digital cinema cameras, they feature a standard PL mount and work equally well on other digital cinema cameras that support anamorphic lenses, as well as 35mm motion picture film cameras.
The Master Anamorphics are offered in 35mm, 40mm, 50mm, 60mm, 75mm, 100mm, and 135mm focal lengths, all T1.9. Pricing is estimated at about €30000 each.