High-speed cinema zooms seem to be all the rage these days, as lens manufacturers seek to create adjustable cinematic primes that have all the bokeh of a fast lens, but all the focal length of a good telephoto.
The parfocal design offers not only a constant lens focus and speed across the entire focal length, but does so without much in the way of the nagging problem of focus breathing. This phenomenon occurs when internal lens elements move rather than the whole barrel of the lens when focusing occurs.
The result is a breathing kind of zoom motion in the image, changing the framing. The Picture Cine Zoom lens is designed to combat that. It also covers the entire Super 35mm image sensor without vignetting.
Additionally, like all the members of the Pictor Cine Zoom family, the 14-30mm T2.8 lens mounts can be swapped out from PL to EF mount, without having to send the lens into a service center. The user can do it with a simple turn of a few screws.
The lens is also designed with a smooth M0.8 gear rotation for iris, zoom, and focus, with a minimum of .6m to infinity. The focus will rotate completely to 270º, while the zoom will turn 100º, while the aperture of 16 rounded blades for nice buttery bokeh.
All three lenses also share the same distance for Iris, Zoom, and focus, so the camera assistant doesn’t have to waste time adjusting any follow focus gears and then reattaching them.
The front lens diameter across all three in the lens family is 95mm, meaning the same filters can be deployed when the lens gets changed.
Price and availability
The Picture Cine Zoom 14-30mm T2.8 is available for preorder in either a black or white finish for $2,889, or $3,089 for the white finish.
A three-lens kit is also available to cover the entire 14-125mm focal length for $8,199 (white) or $7,999 (black), with a hard case included. Shipping is expected to begin in May of 2022. Visit DXOFilm for more details.
- DZOFilm Pictor 14-30mm T2.8 Super35 Zoom Lens Black (PL and EF Mounts) (B&H, Adorama)
- DZOFilm Pictor 14-30mm T2.8 Super35 Zoom Lens White (PL and EF Mounts) (B&H)
- DZOFILM Pictor 14-30mm, 22-55mm and 50-125mm T2.8 Super35 Parfocal Zoom Cine Lens Kit with Hard Case for Arri PL and Canon EF, Black (B&H, Adorama)
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