Do Lenses Matter in 4k and 8k Video? Zeiss Lenses & The Importance Of Full Frame Coverage

by Bret Hoy1 Comment

If you work to stay updated on camera tech (and if you’re reading this blog you probably do) you’ll notice one relatively unnerving trend. What I’m dubbing the, “Resolutionary Wars” have shown no sign of slowing. In fact, we’re moving to 8k becoming the standard for cinema in the near future. As a spectator in this seemingly endless stream of hyped tech, what’s one to do? It’s difficult to know what a smart investment is and what’s not.

I’ve experienced this myself. Do you want to upgrade to that 4k camera? Do I have to be shooting 4k? Arguments about the future of broadcast and television resolution aside, it’s not an easy thing to come to terms with when you’re on the brink of investing in new gear.

However, there’s always one good investment to make when you’re talking about camera gear. Glass. But you have to be smart about it.

I recently completed a teaser for a short film I’m directing called Acceptable Losses (shameless plug). Early on, I decided that I was going to be shooting on a Red Dragon with the Low Light OLPF, and I wanted to shoot 6k. However, because I wanted my film to have a vintage feel I decided to go with some classic glass (among many other decisions). Specifically, Zeiss Super Speeds T/1.4’s.

A few years ago, shooting with a high-end cinema style camera, you could use virtually any lenses on the market, but with more modern cinema cameras using Full-Frame sensors instead of Super 35, you’re forced to find lenses that can cover that image plane.

The Zeiss Super Speed T/1.4’s ability to cover that full frame size, unlike their T/1.3 counterparts add to their value in 2016, nearly 50 years after their initial creation. The point being, even in 2016, buying lenses can still be the best way to invest in your cinematography future. And if you’re buying lenses, make sure to buy lenses that cover a Full-Frame sensor even if you're not shooting on that size of sensor yet.

Cinegear 2016: Carl Zeiss Lenses Coverage of 8K Sensors

Cine Gear 2016: Zeiss Lenses & The Importance Of Full Frame Coverage

Compact Prime CP.2 Lenses

Via HDSLR Shooter:

Compact Prime CP.2 Lenses

One of the most important aspects of a successful production is the competence and diversity of your team. Whether you’re shooting a commercial where exquisite color rendition and high contrast is important, or a tense, dramatic sequence in low light situations for a feature film, Compact Prime lenses offer you the performance you need to get the scene right. With a wide range of focal lengths, full-frame coverage, fantastic image quality, great flare suppression and precise focusing through the large rotation angle, Compact Prime lenses give you a flexible set of tools to make your film shine. With its long history in both photo and cine lenses, ZEISS is dedicated to supporting filmmakers and allowing you to benefit from the highest possible image quality in any situation.

  • Interchangeable Mount
  • Full frame coverage (CP.2 18mm only APS-H)
  • Robust cine style housing with the ability to utilize follow-focus
  • Standard focus and iris gear positions
  • Five different mounts available (PL, EF, F, E and MFT mount)
  • Consistent front diameter (except of 50 Macro)
  • Longer focus rotation and a manual focus and iris
  • Calibrated focus scales

Compact Zoom CZ.2 Lenses
Lightweight and compact zoom lenses featuring the Interchangeable Mount System (PL, EF, F, MFT, E).

Compact Zoom CZ.2 Lenses

The new Compact Zoom CZ.2 lenses are as versatile as they are powerful and incorporate features never seen before on lenses of this kind. They are handy, compact, ready for 4k and even offer full-frame coverage. With their zoom lengths of 28-80 and 70-200 mm, they give you a wide range of creative options.

Their compact size and light weight make them the ideal companions for even the most ambitious applications, including handheld, Steadicam and projects in confined spaces. And thanks to their robust, cine-style housing (which also allows for the use of a follow-focus system), their full-frame coverage and interchangeable mounts, they will be reliable partners for years to come.

  • Interchangeable mount
  • Full-frame coverage (36 x 24 mm)
  • No focus shift over the zoom range
  • Robust cine-style housing
  • Circular shape of iris
  • Great flare suppression
  • Calibrated focus scale
  • 4K capability
  • Colormatched with all ZEISS Prime lenses.

See more Zeiss Compact Prime and Zoom Lenses at

(cover photo credit: snap from source in post)


  1. Gee, when are you going to mount your RED camera behind a 4×5 camera?

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