Before we purchased the Zeiss Compact Prime CP.2 lens set we had RED Pro Primes which were all an aperture of T1.8. We decided to switch over to Zeiss Compact Primes due to the advantages of being much lighter weight, a faster aperture of T1.5, Canon EF mount for compatibility with so many DSLR cameras and full frame sensor coverage. The system also offers compatibility with PL, F, MFT and E mounts. This allows for easily switching on set between say a RED EPIC Dragon and a Canon 5D or a Blackmagic Cinema Camera. We love this versatility and it definitely comes in handy. It’s a fast lens set, great for any low light scenes and also cinematic shallow depth-of-field and provides complete coverage of full frame 24 x 36 size sensors. The lenses are also color-matched with the rest of the CP.2 lineup, and so swapping it with another from within the set can conveniently be done without correcting for changes in post.
The fully manual lens set is amazing for focus pullers that need precise focus measurement marks. The manual focusing ring is amazing with 300 degrees of rotation and measurement marks are well spaced. The front diameter is consistent across the lens set. Switching donuts is not necessary when changing lenses on your matte box. All lenses in the set have fourteen iris blades which gives a perfectly circular smooth bokeh. Also, the lens elements are aspherical with Zeiss T* coating and internal light traps that handles flaring exceptionally.
With the advancements of large sensor cameras such as the Vista Vision RED Weapon 8K about to hit the market at the end of the year… we are glad that we made the switch to a lens set with full frame coverage.
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