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In the 3rd episode of ON THE COUCH, we hosted our show sponsor ZEISS to talk about their company and news in the lens area. Our guests were Michael Schielen, Sales Director at the Camera Lens Division of ZEISS, Dr. Aurelian Dodoc, ZEISS’s Principal Scientist for lens development, and Barry Anderson, an American filmmaker and author of the well-know DSLR Filmmakers Handbook.
User sibero80 organized a group buy of the 35mm lenses by Polish company Samyang.
We’ve reported about the Samyang 35mm 1.4 before. They are among the few lenses for EOS that have the benefits of manual primes: A wide focus throw, solid housing and a manual aperture.
They are built as photo lenses so they have a click-in aperture ring and no gear ring. However at a price of $460 a 35mm prime with an f-stop of 1.4 is pretty unique.
We posted about the new babyPrimes lenses on Sunday where you saw mockup images of the final product. The babyPrimes are re-housed Zeiss photo primes at a price claimed to be 35-40% lower than the original Zeiss Compact Primes movie lenses Today we have these images of the babyPrimes from the production house in Italy.
This is the Zeiss 35mm 1.4 lens and the Zeiss 85mm 1.4 lens. These lenses have proven to be an amazing conglomerate of glass and it would be great to have them in movie lens housing. If the babyPrimes housing is accurate and solidly made these products from Italian based company kelvinkamera+ could be very useful.
Dante Cecchin from kelvinkamera+ says in the final model the front ring of the housing would cover the Carl Zeiss engraving on the front of the lenses as these would refect on a filter glass in extreme lighting conditions.
The last one of the above images shows a prototype of their ultra lightweight 2-filterstage Mattebox that fits right onto the lenses.
Dante also says they have 30 sets “in production” and another 30 sets ready for the end of September.
There are more images of the different stages of production to follow up in the discussion thread on this news article.
Statement by Zeiss:
– Carl Zeiss is in no way involved in the babyPrimes project or product of and does not maintain a relationship to the manufacturer.
– Carl Zeiss cannot confirm that the optics used in the advertised product line are from Carl Zeiss, nor can we confirm that these optics meet the typically high standards of a Carl Zeiss lens
– We would like to emphasize that Carl Zeiss cannot accept any liability for products that have been altered through unauthorized modifications. Therefore these products cannot be covered under the international warranty of Carl Zeiss.