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

    Sensor Coverage

    With their image circle of 46.3 mm all lenses cover Full-frame (24 mm x 36 mm) and even Vista Vision Sensors.

  • Videos

    The Floor is Lava

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

    Three roommates must survive when the floor... is lava!

    ‘The Floor is Lava’ is a viral sensation which was filmed with the help of ZEISS CP.3 XD lenses. These new cinema prime lenses have metadata capabilities that allow filmmakers to achieve a higher quality image for VFX and other applications.

    The Floor is Lava | Behind the Scences

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

    A Behind-The-Scenes explanation of how CP.3 XD lenses along with a lens metadata workflow was used in the making of this video.

    Three roommates must survive when the floor... is lava!

    ‘The Floor is Lava’ is a viral sensation which was filmed with the help of ZEISS CP.3 XD lenses. These new cinema prime lenses have metadata capabilities that allow filmmakers to achieve a higher quality image for VFX and other applications.

    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.

    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.  

     

    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).

    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.

    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).

    Introduction Video

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

    Tailored for today’s cinema and beyond.

  • eXtended Data
    ZEISS Compact Prime CP.3 Lenses - ZEISS eXtended Data

    ZEISS eXtended Data

    Expanding your possibilities.

    Simplify and increase the accuracy of the image capturing and processing workflow. ZEISS eXtended Data unifies two data sets: key lens data based on the Cooke /i* Technology and the ZEISS distortion and shading lens data. After recording on set together with the video files, they can be applied in post-production for compositing for example by using the ZEISS developed lens plugin.

    Learn more about the ZEISS eXtended Data technology

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  • 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 CP.3 and CP.3 XD Lenses
    Downloads: Depth of field Tables ZEISS Compact Prime CP.3 Lenses

    Depth of field Tables

    ZEISS Compact Prime CP.3 Lenses
    Downloads: Lens Data Revision Tool

    ZEISS Lens Data Revision Tool for CP.3 XD 18/T2.9

    ZEISS Compact Prime CP.3 XD Lenses
    Downloads: Lens Data Revision Tool

    Firmware Update

    ZEISS Supreme Prime & Compact Prime CP.3 Lenses

     

    ! CAUTION !
    For the firmware update a special connection kit is needed consisting of the lens connector, a DC power supply, the RS232 plug and a USB /RS232 converter. This kit is available at the ZEISS Service stations and can be ordered from the ZEISS Customer Care Center.

  • 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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