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ZEISS LWZ.3 21-100mm/T2.9-3.9 T* Cine Zoom Lens for Professional Budget-Sensitive Film Projects: Compact & Lightweight (2 kg/4.4 lbs), Interchangeable Mount System, Consistent Imaging Quality Across the Entire Image Field, No Vignetting, and Reduction of Reflections

ZEISS LWZ.3 21-100mm/T2.9-3.9 T*

The following video presents THE CIRCLE from Adi Geisegger on Vimeo:

Production Facts
Lens: ZEISS LWZ.3 21-100mm/T2.9-T3.9
Camera: SONY FS 7
Picture Profile: S-LOG 3
Codec: XAVC-I-Modus: 4K 50p VBR, MPEG-4/H.264/AVC
Grading: DaVinci Resolve
Shooting time: 3 days with 3 people

The film The Circle is about a man from Germany who has lived in the Alps for his entire life….

For the aerial shots, the Sony FS7 was affixed in the helicopter using a rubber cord. No gimbal was used. We have been shooting the entire film with a crew of three people and just one camera.
Shooting time: 3 days. This was a tight schedule because of the many different locations and ambitious aerial shots.
Coordinating the action between the helicopter, glider pilot and direction of the light above the clouds was a real challenge, particularly because the glider could only stay up in the air for less than an hour.

There was not sufficient room in the helicopter for changing the lens when flying. This would have been too risky for the camera sensor when filming with an open helicopter door because of the dust, vibrations and wind. For this reason, EVERYTHING was filmed with a single lens. This saved a lot of time and demonstrates what you can achieve with just one lens. This was the leading approach, when we started this project. The lens we have used was: ZEISS LWZ.3 21-100mm/T2.9-T3.9.”

More info: zeiss.com/cine/lwz3

With a focal length range of 21-100mm, the ZEISS LWZ.3 21-100mm/T2.9-3.9 T* is a versatile tool for many different film applications.

With a focal length range of 21-100mm, the ZEISS LWZ.3 21-100mm/T2.9-3.9 T* is a versatile tool for many different film applications.


Universal zoom for professional film productions

The new ZEISS Lightweight Zoom LWZ.3 21-100mm/T2.9-3.9 T* is a convincing choice due to its compact design and light weight

OBERKOCHEN/Germany, 01/09/2016.

With the new ZEISS Lightweight Zoom LWZ.3 21-100mm/T2.9-3.9 T* (ZEISS LWZ.3), the optics company is launching a zoom lens for the Super 35 format that can be used for a wide usage spectrum thanks to its light weight of only two kilos. The ZEISS LWZ.3’s optical qualities, long focus rotation angle for precise focusing, and the high quality of the materials used in its construction make it the ideal lens for sophisticated film shoots for many different application scenarios. The new zoom lens is compatible with all common film cameras, and will be available starting January 2017.

"The ZEISS LWZ.3 21-100mm/T2.9-3.9 T* stands out for its high imaging performance and light weight of around 2 kg."

“The ZEISS LWZ.3 21-100mm/T2.9-3.9 T* stands out for its high imaging performance and light weight of around 2 kg.”

One lens instead of six

“With a focal length of 21 to 100 millimeters, the new ZEISS LWZ.3 covers a range for which cameramen had to use up to six fixed focal lengths until now. This flexibility delivers a clear price and time advantage as it is no longer necessary to change focal lengths,” said Christophe Casenave, product manager from ZEISS Camera Lenses. As a result, the zoom lens is well suited for budget-sensitive film projects.

Long-term investment

“Because of its modern optical design in a compact and high-quality housing, the ZEISS LWZ.3 is a long-term investment, especially for smaller productions,” added Casenave. Moreover, the ZEISS LWZ.3 is equipped with the well-known exchangeable mount – the so-called Interchangeable Mount System – with five different mounts for all current camera systems. Casenave also notes that the lens is characterized by its ergonomics, which allow high-quality films to be shot even in difficult situations. Such tricky situations can occur due to high time pressure, cramped space conditions on the set – where changing a lens is difficult to do – or low budgets. “The bokeh, highlights and contrast offer a look that you could otherwise only get with more expensive cine lenses,” said Casenave. Other technical quality features of the ZEISS LWZ.3, in his view, include its calibrated scales, consistent imaging quality across the entire image field, no vignetting, and the efficient reduction of reflections through the well-known ZEISS T*® anti reflective coating.

Price and availability

The ZEISS LWZ.3 will be available from the end of January 2017 at a retail sales price of EUR 9,900 (including 19 % German VAT), or USD 9,900.

Technical Data


ZEISS is an internationally leading technology enterprise operating in the optics and optoelectronics industries. The ZEISS Group develops and distributes semiconductor manufacturing equipment, measuring technology, microscopes, medical technology, eyeglass lenses, camera and cine lenses, binoculars and planetarium technology. With its solutions, the company constantly advances the world of optics and helps shape technological progress. ZEISS is divided up into the four segments Semiconductor Manufacturing Technology, Research & Quality Technology, Medical Technology, and Vision Care/Consumer Optics. ZEISS is represented in over 40 countries and operates more than 30 production sites, over 50 sales and service locations and about 25 research and development facilities.

In fiscal year 2014/15 the company generated revenue approximating €4.5 billion with around 25,000 employees. Founded in 1846 in Jena, the company is headquartered in Oberkochen, Germany. Carl Zeiss AG is the strategic management holding company that manages the ZEISS Group. The company is wholly owned by the Carl Zeiss Stiftung (Carl Zeiss Foundation).

Further information at www.zeiss.com

Consumer Optics
The Consumer Optics business group combines the company’s business with camera and movie lenses, binoculars, spotting scopes, hunting optics and planetarium technology. It is represented at the Oberkochen, Wetzlar and Jena sites. The business group is allocated to the Vision Care/Consumer Optics segment. In fiscal year 2014/15 the segment generated revenue of €1.007 billion with around 9,100 employees.

You can pre-order / buy the ZEISS LWZ.3 21-100mm/T2.9-3.9 T* lens as well as the Zeiss Interchangeable Mount Set at B&H (prices are in USD):