Often, cinema zooms cost more than the camera they’re mounted to. This year however, there’s been a sudden wave of budget cinema zooms introduced, aimed at the owner/operator market and priced accordingly.
Since 2008, filmmakers have been in the market for full frame cine primes. Lenses that cover the larger format yet still offer all the mechanical advantages of a proper cinema lens.
How do the Contax lenses fair compared to it’s contemporaries? Let’s look at the Contax line compared to other Zeiss lenses both new and old: the Super Speeds, Classic (ZE/ZF.2) and CP.2s.
Vintage Zeiss Contax lenses can be repurposed for modern cinema use. This article goes into detail about these lenses and how to go about picking and adapting your lenses.
Some time ago now, I was in the market for a set of high quality lenses for cinema use and investigated the various offerings available.