The film CIRCLE was shot entirely on a Sony PXW FS7 in the space of three days and with a very small crew of four people using one single lens.
Special thanks to Cinematographer Adi Geissegger who showed us what can be achieved with the ZEISS LWZ.3 21-100mm.

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

When you turn motion into emotion.

Being a filmmaker, every single shooting day awaits you with its individual, unforeseen challenges. Even if you plan your shoot carefully, unexpected moments are sometimes just what you need. It’s your ambition to capture our world’s unique, unreproducible moments. What could be more important to you than a powerful toolset?

The new ZEISS Lightweight Zoom LWZ.3 21-100 mm/T2.9-3.9 T* zoom lens (ZEISS LWZ.3) offers you superior image performance in any imaginable shooting situation. Whether you’re shooting a short film, TV movie, commercial, corporate video or TV drama, soap or high-end documentary under the most  difficult conditions, the ZEISS LWZ.3 is a powerful, handy and trustworthy companion on the front of your camera.

  • Features
    Lightweight Zoom LWZ.3 benefit - robust and reliable

    Compact and lightweight design

    The ZEISS LWZ.3 zoom lens is a robust and reliable featherweight in its class but nevertheless supporting you with superior performance at the same time. Whether you are shooting a short film, a soap opera, a feature film or a run-and-gun documentary - even in the most difficult conditions, the ZEISS LWZ.3 zoom lens is a trustworthy and powerful companion.

    Lightweight Zoom LWZ.3 benefit - robust and reliable

    The look – made for professional cinema applications

    An innovative and sophisticated lens design results in a tremendously lightweight lens, still accompanied by the outstanding optical performance you are familiar with using ZEISS lenses. Your shots will stand out with pin-sharp structures, vibrant colors and high contrast. Nicely shaped out-of-focus lights, a lovely bokeh and focus roll-off produce the desired cinematic look and feel of a scene. The shift of focus while zooming in and out, especially common with still photography zoom lenses, is no issue with the ZEISS LWZ.3.

    Lightweight Zoom LWZ.3 benefit - robust and reliable

    Cine-style ergonomics to give you all freedom even under harsh shooting conditions

    On a bustling set you will definitely appreciate the cine-style ergonomics of the ZEISS LWZ.3. A rugged, splash-proof housing gives you enough freedom even in ambitious shooting conditions – both indoors and outdoors. Each ZEISS LWZ.3 has individually calibrated, smooth, continuously precise sca. The robust gears and fixed gear positions allow you to easily attach follow focus or wireless lens control systems.

    Lightweight Zoom LWZ.3 benefit - robust and reliable

    A future-proof investment thanks to interchangeable mounts

    The ZEISS LWZ.3 is equipped with an easy-to-operate, interchangeable mount system. It enables you to switch quickly from a typical cine-style PL-mount to four other mounts (Canon EF, Nikon F, Sony E, MFT)*. A truly great feature that promises a flexible and future-proof investment in today’s rapidly developing camera market.

    Lightweight Zoom LWZ.3 benefit - robust and reliable

    One lens for all needs - a wide scope of usability

    The focal length range between 21 and 100 mm supplies you with a wide scope of choosing the perfect angle and the ability of capturing a unique moment any second, without the time-consuming procedure of changing lenses.

  • Data
    Focal length 21 - 100 mm (Parfocal Lens Design)
    Aperture range 2.9 to 22
    Lens elements / Groups
    22 lenses / 18 groups
    Close Focus1 0.8 m / 2'8"
    Rotation angle of focusing ring
    (inf – MOD)
    294°
    Zoom rotation angle 100°
    Aperture rotation angle 48°
    Front diameter 114 mm / 4.49"
    Length2 226 mm / 8.9"
    Weight 2.0 kg / 4.4 lbs
    Aperture blades 11
    Coverage ANSI Super 35 / 31.1 mm
    Mounts PL, EF, E, MFT, F
    Horizontal Angle of View
    Super 353 61 - 14°
    Normal 354 55 - 12°
    APS-C5 56 - 13°
    MFT6 45 - 9°

    1) Close focus distance is measured from the image plane;
    2) Front to PL-mount flange;
    3) Horizontal angle of view for an ANSI Super 35 Silent camera aperture (aspect ratio 1:1.33, dimensions 24.9 mm x 18.7 mm / 0.98" x 0.74")
    4) Horizontal angle of view for a Normal 35 Academy camera aperture (aspect ratio 1:1.37, dimensions 22 mm x 16 mm / 0.87" x 0.63")
    5) Horizontal angle of view for an APS-C camera aperture (aspect ratio 1:1.50, dimensions 22.3 mm x 14.9 mm / 0.88" x 0.59")
    6) Horizontal angle of view for a Micro 4/3 (MFT) camera aperture (aspect ratio 1:1.33, dimensions 17.3 mm x 13 mm / 0.68" x 0.51")

  • Videos

    The Circle

    ZEISS Lightweight Zoom LWZ.3

    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 Circle (Behind the Scenes)

    ZEISS Lightweight Zoom LWZ.3

    The film CIRCLE was shot entirely on a Sony PXW FS7 in the space of three days and with a very small crew of four people using one single lens. Special thanks to Cinematographer Adi Geissegger who showed us what can be achieved with the ZEISS LWZ.3 21-100mm.

    "Recipe" by Bill Bennett

    ZEISS Lightweight Zoom LWZ.3

    "Recipe" by Bill Bennett, ASC, shot with the ZEISS Lightweight Zoom LWZ.3 21-100mm/T2.9-3.9 T*.  Bill Bennett, ASC has been a cinematographer for over 35 years, primarily shooting television commercials for hundreds of major clients: Ford, Lexus, Coca Cola, Apple Computer, American Airlines, McDonalds, and Budweiser.
    Mr. Bennett had the great honor of being the first cinematographer, with a career consisting of primarily shooting television commercials, to be invited to join the American Society of Cinematographers. In 2016, the ASC presented Mr. Bennett with the Presidents Award at the 30th annual ASC Awards Show. He is currently serving as Board Member and Vice President at the ASC.

     

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