“Escape” – Den Lennie’s Short Film Shot with Zeiss Cine Zooms

by steven schwartz3 Comments

Zeiss Cine Zooms sell for $20K each. Are they worth it?

Our friend Den Lennie, of F-STOP ACADEMY, shot “Escape” for Zeiss to showcase their two new Cine Zooms.

You can see both lenses in action, the Zeiss 70-200mm T2.9 Compact Zoom CZ.2 Lens, and the Zeiss 28-80mm T2.9 Compact Zoom CZ.2 Lens.

To see how each lens was used, watch the BTS short Making-of Escape (BTS).

Lennie makes the case for these top-quality zooms – he says they render beautiful images as well as primes and save precious setup time on location.

Escape is a show reel shot with ZEISS cine zooms CZ.2 28-80/T2.9 and CZ.2 70-200/T2.9 in combination with ARRI/ZEISS Ultra Prime and ARRI/ZEISS Master Prime lenses. Den Lennie the UK based Director of Photography used a RED Epic camera.

Carl Zeiss Lenses – Making-of Escape (BTS)

This Making-of video explains the work with the ZEISS lenses during the shooting.

(cover photo credit: snap from the video)


  1. They look pretty stunning to me. I think the real upcoming contender is the Zeiss Otus lens though… 🙂 Man that thing makes an image!

    1. I think the point here is that these $20k lenses are the Zooms of the Otus Zeiss world. In the same way the Canon 24-70 II and the 70-200 II are comparable to the 50 1.2 L

  2. I know for most of us the cost of owning such fantastic zooms is prohibitive. Rental is the best option. That costs money too but I think an excellent point made in the behind-the-scenes video is, you save time (which equals money) using zooms because you move faster. In many cases you don’t have to move the camera, dolly, slider, jib, etc., you just zoom in or out. I would soooo LOVE to work with these Zeiss lenses, just once!!!

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