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Zeiss’ New Supreme Prime Radiance Cine Lenses Create ‘Controlled Flares’

Zeiss has unveiled a new set of Supreme Prime Radiance cinema lenses, which feature a pretty interesting trick. Thanks to a new coating, they’re able to create “controlled flares” without compromising contrast or light transmission.

The Zeiss Supreme Prime Radiance lineup is made up of seven high-end cinema lenses that are based on the company’s popular Supreme Prime glass. In fact, they’re more or less identical, with the exception of the special “T*blue coating” that supposedly allows these lenses to render “a distinctive look and consistent flares without any compromises.”

According to Christophe Casenave, Product Manager for Cinema Products at ZEISS, these lenses were created in response to customers’ needs.

“When we spoke to filmmakers and industry experts, we took a close look at the appeal of flares and their unique impact on the atmosphere of a movie,” says Casenave. “We didn’t just want to reproduce the effects, but to create tools that would allow this effect to be achieved at any time and in a controlled manner, and so the T* blue coating was born.”

Flaring typically means a loss of contrast across the entire frame, and Zeiss has gone to great lengths to ensure that’s not the case with these new high-end cinema lenses. This comparison video, captured by Japanese DOP Takura Ishizaka, shows how the new Supreme Prime Radiance lenses compare to the regular Supreme Prime lineup:

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