Zeiss Drops Wide-Angle Zoom Hints

new CZ.2

Compact Zooms

Zeiss discontinued their 15.5-45mm Lightweight Zoom (LWZ.2) about three months ago. This LWZ was a great range and a decent speed for hand-held and Steadicam work but it didn’t match up well with the design or build of the new Compact Zooms (CZ.2). Zeiss released the 70-200mm T2.9 Compact Zoom a few months back and has been slow to deliver since it’s release. The lens is an excellent tele-zoom that will be comfortable for shooters coming from DSLRs who loved their Canon, Nikon, Tamron, Sigma, Sony… Take your pick – just about every lens manufacturer makes a 70-200mm Tele-zoom. The 70-200mm performs very well at all focal lengths (review coming soon) which has left it in very high demand. Continue reading Zeiss Drops Wide-Angle Zoom Hints

Duclos 15mm Iris Rods

There is no substitute for quality. Duclos Lenses now offers a selection of precision iris rods. Carbon fiber is neat. Aluminum is cheap. Stainless steel remains the most durable, precise, and reliable material for high quality iris rods. Why bother with lower quality materials that may break or bend? Duclos Lenses has meticulously engineered every set of iris rods, precision ground to exacting dimensions with the most delicate of tolerances. Such a simple tool shouldn’t be given a second thought by any cinematographer or operator. Available in 15mm diameter, 24” and 12” lengths, the Duclos Lenses Iris Rods will provide the support required by today’s exotic heavyweight zoom lenses as well as a mounting point for the plethora of accessories associated with 15mm support rods. Jump to the product page >