ZEISS Compact Prime CP.3 and CP.3 XD Lenses

Tailored for today’s cinema and beyond.

Digital technologies have transformed traditional filmmaking and refashioned the market. New and innovative technologies in both production and post-production have paved the way for a more versatile, cost effective and advanced workflow. The ZEISS CP.3 family is the latest contribution from ZEISS to support creative and progressive filmmaking with an affordable, future-proof and premium quality lens set.

The ZEISS CP.3 lenses offer the perfect combination of high image quality and reliable usability. They exhibit the clean, crisp characteristics ZEISS is known for, together with an interchangeable mount system and full-frame coverage.
The ZEISS CP.3 XD version features innovative and ground-breaking lens data technology to speed-up and simplify the workflow on set and in post-production.

The ZEISS eXtended Data is a unique technology which is based on the
/i Technology and provides information about the lens’ distortion and shading characteristics in real time. With the ZEISS CP.3 XD lenses, even small productions on a limited budget gain access to the advanced techniques common in state-of-the-art, big budget films, commercials and television shows.

  • Overview
    ZEISS Compact Prime CP.3 Lenses - True cine look

    True cine look

    ZEISS Compact Prime CP.3 and CP.3 XD Lenses

    Ranging from 15 mm to 135 mm, the ten focal lengths available in the ZEISS Compact Prime CP.3 or CP.3 XD series cover all applications from wide-angle to telephoto. The ZEISS CP.3 lenses feature advanced lens coatings, painted lens rims and special light traps within the barrel to eliminate unwelcome veiling glare and flares. The result is higher contrast, richer blacks and more saturated colors.

    • Clean and crisp ZEISS look which matches perfectly with other ZEISS cinema lenses
    • Color matching and covering full frame across the full range of focal lengths from 15 to 135 mm
    • Special lens coatings support high-dynamic range projects
    ZEISS Compact Prime CP.3 Lenses - New ZEISS eXtended Data technology

    New ZEISS eXtended Data technology

    ZEISS Compact Prime CP.3 and CP.3 XD Lenses

    The ZEISS eXtended Data technology adds new opportunities to simplify and increase the accuracy of the image capture and processing workflow. ZEISS eXtended Data unifies two data sets: key lens data based on the open /i Technology standard and supported by a wide range of cameras and accessories, plus ZEISS specific lens data that contains precise lens characteristics.

    • A unique technology that provides information about the lens’ distortion and shading characteristics in real time to speed-up the workflow on set and in post-production
    • Lens settings are digitally captured on every frame, avoiding the need to manually record the lens settings for every shot
    • Documentation of the lens’ characteristics enhances creativity by allowing more complex shots to be handled in post-production
    ZEISS Compact Prime CP.3 Lenses - Ultimate cine ergonomics

    Ultimate cine ergonomics

    ZEISS Compact Prime CP.3 and CP.3 XD Lenses

    The ZEISS CP.3 lenses are a professional toolset that simplifies your work on set. They are easy to handle, allow for fast changeover of equipment and give you great creative freedom to make your ideas come to life.

    • Standardized positioning of the focus rings and a consistent 95 mm front diameter allows for fast and easy changeover while on set
    • Extraordinarily smooth focus rotation even in extreme temperature conditions thanks to a new, sophisticated construction design
    • Consistent T-stops simplifies lighting on set and exposure compensations (T2.9 for 15 to 21 mm and T2.1 for 25 to 135 mm)
    ZEISS Compact Prime CP.3 Lenses - Compactness redefined

    Compactness redefined

    ZEISS Compact Prime CP.3 and CP.3 XD Lenses

    The compact and light-weight design enables you to use different stabilizing systems and to have a compact camera setup that is ideal for shooting in narrow spaces and for capturing dynamic shots.

    • The compact and light-weight design is ideal for handheld, gimbal, drone and Steadicam applications
    • Consistent size and weight across most of the focal lengths enables quick change of lenses when used on drones and gimbals
    • The ultra-smooth focus rotation allows use of small focus motors
  • Data
      Aperture Close Focus1 Length2 Front diameter Weight Horizontal Angle of View  
                Fullframe3 APS-H4 Super 355 Normal 356 APS-C7 MFT8
    CP.3 & CP.3 XD
    15 mm/T2.9
    T 2.9 to T 22 0.3 m
    12"
    83.7 mm
    3.30"
    95 mm
    3.7"
    0.87 kg
    1.9 lbs
    100° 90° 79° 73° 73° 60°
    CP.3 & CP.3 XD
    18 mm/T2.9
    T 2.9 to T 22 0.3 m
    12"
    83.7 mm
    3.30"
    95 mm
    3.7"
    0.86 kg
    1.9 lbs
    89° 80° 69° 63° 64° 51°
    CP.3 & CP.3 XD
    21 mm/T2.9
    T 2.9 to T 22 0.24 m
    10"
    83.7 mm
    3.30"
    95 mm
    3.7"
    0.82 kg
    1.8 lbs
    81° 71° 61° 55° 56° 45°
    CP.3 & CP.3 XD
    25 mm/T2.1
    T 2.1 to T 22 0.26 m
    10"
    83.7 mm
    3.30"
    95 mm
    3.7"
    0.82 kg
    1.8 lbs
    72° 62° 53° 47° 48° 38°
    CP.3 & CP.3 XD
    28 mm/T2.1
    T 2.1 to T 22 0.24 m
    10"
    83.7 mm
    3.30"
    95 mm
    3.7"
    0.84 kg
    1.9 lbs
    65° 57° 48° 43° 43° 34°
    CP.3 & CP.3 XD
    35 mm/T2.1
    T 2.1 to T 22 0.3 m
    12"
    83.7 mm
    3.30"
    95 mm
    3.7"
    0.80 kg
    1.8 lbs
    54° 47° 39° 35° 35° 28°
    CP.3 & CP.3 XD
    50 mm/T2.1
    T 2.1 to T 22 0.45 m
    18"
    83.7 mm
    3.30"
    95 mm
    3.7"
    0.77 kg
    1.7 lbs
    40° 34° 28° 25° 25° 20°
    CP.3 & CP.3 XD
    85 mm/T2.1
    T 2.1 to T 22 1.0 m
    3'3"
    83.7 mm
    3.30"
    95 mm
    3.7"
    0.88 kg
    1.9 lbs
    24° 20° 17° 15° 15° 12°
    CP.3 & CP.3 XD
    100 mm/T2.1 CF9
    T 2.1 to T 22 0.7 m
    2'6"
    126.5 mm
    4.98"
    95 mm
    3.7"
    1.01 kg
    2.2 lbs
    20° 17° 14° 13° 13° 10°
    CP.3 & CP.3 XD
    135 mm/T2.1
    T 2.1 to T 22 1.0 m
    3'3"
    126.5 mm
    4.98"
    95 mm
    3.7"
    1.15 kg
    2.5 lbs
    15° 13° 11°

    1) Close focus distance is measured from the image plane
    2) Front to PL mount flange
    3) Horizontal angle of view for a full-frame camera (aspect ratio 1:1.5, dimensions 36 mm x 24 mm / 1.42“ x 0.94“)
    4) Horizontal angle of view for an APS-H camera (aspect ratio 1:1.81, dimensions 30.2 mm x 16.7 mm / 1.19“ x 0.66“)
    5) Horizontal angle of view for an ANSI Super 35 Silent camera (aspect ratio 1:1.33, dimensions 24.9 mm x 18.7 mm / 0.98“ x 0.74“)
    6) Horizontal angle of view for a Normal 35 Academy camera (aspect ratio 1:1.37, dimensions 22 mm x 16 mm / 0.87“ x 0.63“)
    7) Horizontal angle of view for an APS-C camera (aspect ratio 1:1.50, dimensions 22.3 mm x 14.9 mm / 0.88“ x 0.59“)
    8) Horizontal angle of view for a Micro 4/3 (MFT) camera (aspect ratio 1:1.33, dimensions 17.3 mm x 13 mm / 0.68“ x 0.51“)
    9) CF: Close focus capability

  • Videos

    Introduction Video

    ZEISS Compact Prime CP.3 and CP.3 XD Lenses

    Tailored for today’s cinema and beyond.

    Chemist - Artist - Architect

    ZEISS Compact Prime CP.3 and CP.3 XD Lenses

    The movie “Chemist – Artist – Architect” narrates a passion. Christoph Filsers‘ inner voice describes something intimate. “Chemist” stands for the procedure coloring the hair, “Artist” refers to the imagination of styling a coiffure matching the personality and “Architect” describes the symmetry during the hair cutting which must fit precisely. If the three merge into one, trust can last a life-time.

    We recommend to watch the video in 4K (3840 × 2160).

    Chemist - Artist - Architect | Behind the Scenes

    ZEISS Compact Prime CP.3 and CP.3 XD Lenses

    The movie “Chemist – Artist – Architect” narrates a passion. Christoph Filsers‘ inner voice describes something intimate. “Chemist” stands for the procedure coloring the hair, “Artist” refers to the imagination of styling a coiffure matching the personality and “Architect” describes the symmetry during the hair cutting which must fit precisely. If the three merge into one, trust can last a life-time.

    Exploring the beauty of Wales

    ZEISS Compact Prime CP.3 and CP.3 XD Lenses

    New ZEISS CP.3 showreel exploring the beauty of Wales, United Kingdom. Shot with:

    • ZEISS Compact Prime CP.3 18mm / T2.9
    • ZEISS Compact Prime CP.3 35mm / T2.1
    • ZEISS Compact Prime CP.3 50mm / T2.1

    We recommend to watch the video in 4K (3840 × 2160).

    Case 10-86 | Showreel

    ZEISS Compact Prime CP.3 and CP.3 XD Lenses

    Digital technologies have transformed traditional filmmaking and refashioned the market. New and innovative technologies in both production and post-production have paved the way for a more versatile, cost effective and advanced workflow. The ZEISS Compact Prime CP.3 family is the latest contribution from ZEISS to support creative and progressive filmmaking with an affordable, future-proof and premium quality lens set. Visual effects specialist, producer and director Scott E. Anderson had a chance to test the ZEISS Compact Prine CP.3 XD lenses for the first time.  

     

    Case 10-86 - Behind the Scenes

    ZEISS Compact Prime CP.3 and CP.3 XD Lenses

    Visual effects specialist, producer and director Scott E. Anderson had a chance to test the ZEISS Compact Primes CP.3 XD lenses for the first time. This reel will walk you through the different steps in creating a visual effects piece on a budget using ZEISS eXtended Data. The ZEISS eXtended Data is a unique technology which is based on the /i Technology and provides information about the lens’ distortion and shading characteristics in real time. With the ZEISS CP.3 XD lenses, even small productions on a limited budget gain access to the advanced techniques common in state-of-the-art, big budget films, commercials and television shows.

  • eXtended Data

    A unique technology

    ZEISS eXtended Data

    Visual effects specialist, producer and director Scott E. Anderson had a chance to test the ZEISS Compact Primes CP.3 XD lenses for the first time. This reel will walk you through the different steps in creating a visual effects piece on a budget using ZEISS eXtended Data. The ZEISS eXtended Data is a unique technology which is based on the /i Technology and provides information about the lens’ distortion and shading characteristics in real time. With the ZEISS CP.3 XD lenses, even small productions on a limited budget gain access to the advanced techniques common in state-of-the-art, big budget films, commercials and television shows.

    ZEISS Compact Prime CP.3 Lenses - ZEISS eXtended Data

    ZEISS eXtended Data

    Expanding your possibilities.

    While on set, the ZEISS eXtended Data feature enables members of the crew to monitor lens settings in real-time, pre-visualize modified images and to use new, automated search functions within data wrangling. In post-production, ZEISS eXtended Data offers numerous benefits such as image fine-tuning, editing and color grading, visual effects, virtual and augmented reality, multi-cam live productions, projection or 3-D imaging. An additional plug-in provided by ZEISS allows an easy implementation of ZEISS eXtended Data in a number of leading software tools.

    ZEISS eXtended Data reduces workflow costs and facilitates the exchange of lens information between the production and post-production departments. ZEISS eXtended Data unifies two data sets:


    Key lens data

    The ZEISS eXtended Data technology is based on the open /i  Technology and is supported by a wide range of cameras and accessories. Key lens data provides frame-accurate information about:

    • Lens name, type and focal length
    • Calibrated focusing distance
    • Calibrated T-stop value
    • Depth-of-field data in real time and hyperfocal distance
    • Horizontal field-of-view
    • Entrance pupil position

    ZEISS specific lens data

    The ZEISS CP.3 XD lenses enable trailblazing, one-click correction of images, never before possible in motion picture workflow. ZEISS specific lens data provides frame accurate information about:

    • Lens distortion characteristics based on the focal point
    • Lens shading* characteristics based on the focal point and effective T-stop

    ZEISS Compact Prime CP.3 Lensex - eXtended Data today and beyond

    eXtended Data today and beyond

    Upgradable options on CP.3 XD lenses

    CP.3 XD lenses house encoder chips to deliver ZEISS eXtended Data, currently assigned to two data sets:

    • Key lens data (focal length, focus distance and iris position) based on the /i Technology, which is supported by a wide range of existing equipment.
    • ZEISS specific lens data, which contains precise information about distortion and shading

    The ZEISS eXtended Data technology is planned to be expanded in future to offer additional features. Therefore ZEISS will offer lens firmware upgrades.

    Lens characteristics can be applied and previewed on set using Pomfort LiveGrade Pro. To apply recorded lens characteristics in post-production ZEISS provides an OFX-plug-in. Initially the plug-in works with the grading software Blackmagic Design DaVinci Resolve. Support for other grading, editing and compositing software will be available in future.


    * Shading in this case refers to the darkened corners of the captured image on sensor, due to illumination loss towards the outside of the image field. The ZEISS CP.3 XD lenses contain the data for this characteristic, enabling higher precision of post processing and greater creative freedom in post-production. The shading effect can also be intensified for creative purposes. Shading does not refer to color shading, which is a phenomenon that sometimes accompanies color shifting, resulting in darker corners with magenta, green and purple color casts. Shading does not refer to vignetting, which is caused when the lens’ image circle is smaller than the image sensor, or by the inaccurately sized matte boxes and/or multiple filter stages in front of the lens, which blocks the optical path of the light into the lens. 

  • Benefits

    A professional toolset, offering many benefits

    Connecting production and post-production workflows.

    No matter the size of the production or the number of people on the team, the ZEISS CP.3 XD lenses benefit large teams or solo-operations. ZEISS eXtended Data technology will accelerate the workflow and facilitates the collaboration between the production and post-production departments. 


    Camera Operator / Camera Assistants

    • Real-time display of T-stop, focus distance and depth-of-field supported on lens control systems, cameras and monitors
    • Automatic detection of the lens, which enables the focus scale without calibration on a l ens control system

    Script Continuity

    • Lens settings can be viewed at a glance on a monitor for continuity log sheets or transferred wirelessly to supported device apps
    Lens settings can be viewed at a glance on a monitor for continuity log sheets or transferred wirelessly to supported device apps

    Data Wrangler / Digital Imaging Technician

    • Classification and search functions for specific shots (e.g. correct lens settings for a re-shoot)
    • Automatic options for quality check procedure (e.g. pre-selection of critical shots for visual check in real-time)
    • Statistical analysis of lenses used in the production and the lens’ settings
    Lens settings can be viewed at a glance on a monitor for continuity log sheets or transferred wirelessly to supported device apps

    Director of Photography

    • Lens settings at a glance on monitor or viewfinder
    • Defining the final look by previsualizing color grading, shading and distortion and transferring it to post-production.
       

    Video Engineer

    • Pre-visualization of corrected images in live grading or VFX previews (e.g. live-key)
    • Distortion corrected pre-visualization of CGI Live-Rendering

    On set


    ZEISS Compact Prime CP.3 Lenses - Benefits on Set

    Post-production


    ZEISS Compact Prime CP.3 Lenses - Benefits in post-production

    Editing

    • Classification and search functions for specific shots
    • Automated image correction speeds up the process of image optimization

    Dailies

    • Quick supply of dailies to head-of departments due to automated image pre-correction and faster sorting options
    Lens settings can be viewed at a glance on a monitor for continuity log sheets or transferred wirelessly to supported device apps

    Visual Effects

    • Removing or adding distortion for stitching and CGI integration
    • Removing or adding shading while matching shots
    • Key lens data for Match Moving, calculation of defocus and bokeh with CGI integration, stitching, manipulation of motion blur
    Lens settings can be viewed at a glance on a monitor for continuity log sheets or transferred wirelessly to supported device apps

    Color Grading

    • Automated image correction accelerates the color grading process and saves valuable time for more intense fine-tuning

    Virtual Reality Productions

    • Stitching and matching of multiple images
    Lens settings can be viewed at a glance on a monitor for continuity log sheets or transferred wirelessly to supported device apps

    Augmented Reality Productions

    • Corrections for CGI integration
    Lens settings can be viewed at a glance on a monitor for continuity log sheets or transferred wirelessly to supported device apps
  • Processing Options

    Processing options of ZEISS eXtended Data

    Providing an end-to-end solution.

    The ZEISS CP.3 XD provides an end-to-end solution for recording and feeding data for onset application and in post-production. ZEISS eXtended Data is processed in real-time and recorded frame accurate. The data can be transferred in one of two ways. Either to any supported equipment via an external LEMO®* compatible plug or directly to any camera compatible with the /i Technology standard via a 4-pin interface (PL-mount). With the additional ZEISS plug-in for leading compositing and editing software tools, the lens’ characteristics can be removed and/or reapplied to the footage.


    Recording ZEISS eXtended Data via external LEMO®* compatible plug


    via external LEMO®* compatible plug to Ambient MasterLockitPlus


    transfer per integrated WiFi AP


    ⦁ data management on set with Pomfort Silverstack
    ⦁ live grading on set with Pomfort LiveGrade Pro



    implementation of ZEISS specific data with ZEISS plug-in for common post-production tools

    Recording ZEISS eXtended Data via internal camera interface


    via PL-mount interface to Camera


    transfer/recording options: embedded in video files or as sidecar file


    ⦁ data management on set with Pomfort Silverstack



    implementation of ZEISS specific data with ZEISS plug-in for common post-production tools

    * LEMO is a registered trademark of INTERLEMO HOLDING S.A.

  • Accessories
    ZEISS Compact Prime CP.3 Lenses - Premium Air Case

    Premium PELI™ Air Case

    Accessories

    The premium PELI™ Air Case provides protective storage for the ZEISS CP.3 lenses while on set and when travelling between shooting locations.

    Molded from Pelican’s™ next generation HPX2 resin, it is up to 40% lighter than other polymer cases, while being enormously shock-proof at the same time. The weather sealed design keeps dust and water away from the ZEISS CP.3 lenses in rough shooting environments.

    The transport case will fit up to five lenses, with a perfect cut-out for each focal length. The foam material is specially designed to prevent scratches and undesired movement during transit. Recesses between the cut-outs leave enough space to easily grip and remove the lenses. The lenses are stored horizontally, making it easy to view the focal length and iris settings at a quick glance. Additional cut-outs provide space for small accessories.

    • Well-designed interior for convenient access to the lenses
    • Super lightweight and compact (51.8 x 28.4 x 18.3 cm /20.4 x 11.2 x 7.2 inches)
    • Meets international airline standards for carry-on luggage
    • Dust and waterproof
    • Retractable handle extension and rubber padded handle
    • Soft-sided wheels with stainless steel bearings
    • Robust, double-throw latches and stainless steel hasp protectors
    • Removable card holder with front or side placement
  • Downloads
    Downloads: Brochure ZEISS Compact Prime CP.3 Lenses

    Brochure

    ZEISS Compact Prime CP.3 and CP.3 XD Lenses
    Downloads: ZEISS Mount Change Instructions

    Mount Change Instructions

    ZEISS Compact Prime and Zoom lenses
    Downloads: Depth of field Tables ZEISS Compact Prime CP.3 Lenses

    Depth of field Tables

    ZEISS Compact Prime CP.3 Lenses
  • Registration
    ZEISS Product Registration - Cinematography Lenses

    Obtain the extended warranty

    Product Registration

    It's now possible to register not only still picture lenses, but also ZEISS Compact Prime CP.2 and ZEISS Compact Prime CP.3 cine lenses online and therefore receive an extended ZEISS warranty to two years.

    After the product is being registered on the ZEISS website an extended ZEISS warranty is given to end users, owners or operators (only) of ZEISS cine lenses. The online registration of ZEISS cine lenses is possible up to four weeks after purchase.

    The extended warranty from ZEISS is available in a large number of countries, but warranty claims can only be asserted in the country in which the product was purchased.

    Register your product
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