A perfect example of the versatility of the Zeiss ZF.2 series. This 85mm f1/.4 comes in a Nikon mount from the factory. With a few upgrades and modifications, it’s perfectly suited for motion picture use. I performed the standard three part Cine-Mod which includes an 80mm front ring (77mm filter thread), 32-pich (0.8 module) seamless focus gear, and of course the de-clicked, dampened aperture ring. In addition to the standard Cine-Mod, I also added one of our semi-permanent Canon Eos mounts. This mount conversion physically attaches to the body of the lens and essentially takes the place of the original Nikon mount, effectively making the Zeiss ZF.2 a native Canon Eos mount lens. An excellent mount modification for use on a 5D or 7D. I just happened to have received a Canon Eos mount for my FS100 that I thought I would try out with this lens and it worked great. There is a little bit of play between the mounts, but no more motion than I would expect from a Canon lens attached to a Canon camera. The focus and aperture movement on this lens are like soft butter, creamy smooth. With a Super 35mm sized sensor on the FS100, the bokeh from this f/1.4 85mm is simply dreamy. I love it! I’ll be shooting some test footage in the near future with a few different lens makes and models. I just need to find an interesting topic and create some decent content. I’m tired of test charts… 😉
9 thoughts on “Zeiss 85mm Plays Nice With Sony FS100”
you had me until “semi-permanent canon eos mount”… but it looks fabulous!
Why is that a bad thing? It’s an optional add-on.
just being silly, not a bad thing at all!
Do the ZF.2 lenses focus “backwards”?
They do focus the opposite direction of cinema lenses, but it’s easily overcome. For example, the follow focus I’m using in this photo allows the user to flip the gear box and essentially reverse focus direction. Easy-peasy.
what follow focus are you using?
The one in the photo is a TLS Follow Focus.
You said, “I just happened to have received a Canon Eos mount for my FS100 that I thought I would try out with this lens and it worked great.”
Do you have a link for that adapter? We’re thinking of ordering a couple lenses from you guys to be used in between an FS100 and a 5D.
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