Zeiss Lens Gear rings open up new optical avenues for video shooters

Filmmakers will this week have a fresh avenue into the Zeiss lens range thanks to the company’s new Lens Gear rings. The all-metal gear rings are compatible with the Zeiss Milvus, Otus and Loxia lens ranges and come in four different sizes – mini, small, medium and large.

Said to be ‘perfect for achieving precise results with a follow focus system on-set’ the lens gears are made of premium aluminum with a hardened surface coating. They slide onto the different diameters of lenses and are attached to the focus ring of the lens by turning two opposing rings.

The Loxia lenses for the Sony Alpha 7 series and the Milvus lenses also feature the Zeiss DeClick feature that allows users to ‘declick’ the aperture’s locking mechanism, thus allowing for smooth elimination of any unwanted changes in brightness when filming and panning with your camera.

The gears are supplied with a rubber-covered band, known as ‘the GumGum’, which features an adhesive surface. This means the inner diameter can be reduced accordingly, thus supporting further lenses. The GumGum also protects against scratches and other possible damage to the focus ring of the lens. The lens gears will be available from 21 April 2016.

In addition to the newly announced lens gears, the Zeiss Otus and Milvus lens ranges are now available in cine sets in a hard transport case. All three Zeiss Loxia E-mount lenses can also be purchased in a set with a soft transport case which features matching inserts to safely transport the lenses and an inlay for a camera from the Sony Alpha 7 series. Lenses purchased in a set of three is said to save approximately 10% less than lenses purchased individually.

For more advanced filmmakers Zeiss has expanded its ARRI/Zeiss Master Anamorphic range up to nine optics with the addition of a wideangle prime and a telephoto prime. The ARRI/Zeiss Master Anamorphic MA 28/T1.9 is said to boast ‘extremely low distortion’, whilst the ARRI/Zeiss Master Anamorphic MA 180/T2.8 has a close focusing distance of 1.5 metres.