MA 135/T1.9 Completes Master Anamorphic Family from ZEISS and ARRI


Comprehensive Range of High-Performance Anamorphic Cine Lenses Now Availablele on the Market

Last Updated: April 1, 2014 4:23 pm GMT
(Munich, Germany--April 1, 2014) ARRI and ZEISS will be presenting the ARRI/ZEISS Master Anamorphic MA135/T1.9 at their booths at this year’s NAB Show in Las Vegas. This lens completes the Master Anamorphic family, bringing it to a total of seven focal lengths.

Above: The new ARRI/ZEISS Master Anamorphic MA135/T1.9 and the ARRI//ZEISS Master Anamorphic family from 35 mm to 135 mm

The Master Anamorphic family was launched in September 2012 with the unveiling of the MA 50/T1.9 at the IBC Show. This was followed by the launch of the MA 35/T1.9, MA 75/T1.9 and MA 100/T1.9 lenses at NAB and IBC in 2013, and that of the MA 40/T1.9 and MA 60/T1.9 at the ZEISS Cine Lens Day last November. Now, the MA135/T1.9 rounds off this portfolio of high-quality anamorphic cine lenses jointly developed by ARRI and ZEISS.

These high-performance lenses enable demanding movie-makers to achieve creative, unique image compositions across a variety of production types – from feature films and Hollywood blockbusters to commercials. The three-lens sets (35, 50 and 75 mm) available since September 2013 are already in use on a wide range of projects. The sets have received excellent feedback, with special emphasis being given to the remarkable look of the lenses at maximum aperture. The six-lens sets now available (comprising 35, 40, 50, 60, 75 and 100 mm) enable practically all perspectives to be achieved. Delivery of the MA 135/T1.9 begins in July 2014.

The ARRI/ZEISS Master Anamorphic lenses offer unique optical characteristics. Drawing on many years of expertise in the development and manufacture of professional cine lenses and cameras, ARRI and ZEISS have succeeded in developing an innovative optical design for the ARRI/ZEISS Master Anamorphic lenses, negating many of the problems commonly associated with anamorphic optics. The lenses show hardly any image breathing and exceptionally low distortion. The issue of anamorphic mumps – when faces shot at close range appear wider – is balanced out automatically. This is achieved by positioning the cylindrical lens elements at strategically important points in the lens. The almost telecentric optical design reduces color errors (chromatic aberrations) and shading in the corners of the image.

The lenses produce a unique anamorphic bokeh that is free from artifacts. A newly developed iris diaphragm with 15 aperture blades has been integrated into the ARRI/ZEISS Master Anamorphic lenses to create a bokeh that is perfectly oval and evenly illuminated. Annoying reflections that can show up in critical lighting situations are largely avoided.

The Master Anamorphic family offers the perfect combination of a number of key characteristics: convenient size, low weight, excellent optical quality and high sensitivity to light. Through the shallow depth of field, the speed of T1.9 enables details to be set apart from the background – at all focal lengths. These features are the ideal prerequisites for ensuring that the lenses can be used quickly and flexibly in various types of shooting situation. The lenses also boast highly reliable mechanics, which are founded on the trusted ARRI/ZEISS Master Prime and ARRI/ZEISS Ultra Prime lenses. Improved protection against dust and water splashes reduces servicing downtimes.

The ARRI/ZEISS Master Anamorphic lenses are manufactured in Germany by ZEISS, exclusively for ARRI. They are only available through ARRI sales channels.
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About ARRI:
With headquarters located in Munich, Germany, Arnold and Richter Cine Technik (A&R) was founded in 1917 and is the world's largest manufacturer and distributor of motion picture camera, digital intermediate (DI) and lighting equipment. The ARRI Group comprises a global network of subsidiaries and partners that covers every facet of the film industry, including worldwide camera, grip and lighting equipment rental through ARRI Rental; turnkey lighting solutions through the ARRI System Group; lab services, postproduction and visual effects through ARRI Film & TV; and film distribution through ARRI Worldsales. Manufactured products include the ALEXA camera system and AMIRA documentary-style camera; ARRI/ZEISS Master Anamorphic lenses; L-Series LED and M-Series HMI lights; Pro Camera Accessories; and ARRISCAN archive technologies. The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has recognized ARRI’s engineers and their technical contributions with 18 Scientific and Engineering Awards.


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