NAB 2014…Exhibition starts Monday 7th April 2014

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Once again the biggest broadcast show on earth is about to descend on Las Vegas, the NAB 2014 show. Monday is the start of the exhibition and any new camcorders to be announced.

Canon have given us a taste with the new XF205 camcorder and new “C” servo 4K zoom lenses, both Sony and Panasonic will have new camcorders on show with JVC showing off their new GY-HM850 camcorder.

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Zacuto will be showing off their new “GRATICAL” EVF a zero lag hi resolution viewfinder with a host of fantastic features like LUT compensation allowing you to see the end result while filming using for example Canon LOG.

I hope to bring you some pre recorded interviews and a look round the show from my man on the ground Simon from Production Gear.

 

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Good news for the Panasonic GH4…Transend speed 3 SDXC cards

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Transcend Information, Inc. (Transcend®), a worldwide leader in storage and multimedia products, is proud to announce its launch of SDXC/SDHC UHS-I cards featuring full support for the Ultra High Speed Class 3 (U3) specification. Capable of reaching incredible read and write speeds of up to 95MB/s and 85MB/s, Transcend’s SDXC/SDHC UHS-I U3 cards provide the performance necessary to harness the full power of UHS U3-compliant digital recording equipment.

Cinema-Quality 4K Video Recording

Recently released by the SD Association, the Ultra High Speed Class 3 specification guarantees a minimum constant write speed of 30MB/s to facilitate cinema-quality video recording. Transcend’s SDXC UHS-I U3 and SDXC/SDHC UHS-I U3X “Extreme” cards, however, can achieve at least double this performance with blazing-fast write speeds of up to 60MB/s and 85MB/s respectively. When used with today’s advanced camcorders, such as the Sony® 4K Handycam® FDR-AX100, Panasonic® Lumix® DMC-GH4, and Canon® EOS® C500 Cinema Camera, these cards ensure smooth 4K video capture in stunning color and clarity.

Quick and Seamless File Transfers

In devices that do not support the UHS-I specification, Transcend’s SDXC/SDHC UHS-I U3 cards offer constant write speeds of at least 10MB/s (SD Speed Class 10 performance), which makes them perfect for Full HD video recording as well as fast-action consecutive shooting. Pairing the new UHS-I U3 cards with Transcend’s RDF8 USB 3.0 multi-card reader or the handy RDF5 USB 3.0 card reader with built-in USB port significantly reduces the time it takes to transfer data from card to computer with read speeds of up to 95MB/s.

Enormous Storage Space Up to 128GB

Featuring capacities ranging from 32GB to an enormous 128GB, Transcend’s UHS-I U3 memory cards are fully equipped to handle the increased capacity requirements of professional photography and filmmaking. For instance, the 128GB SDXC UHS-I U3 card can store more than 20,000 high-resolution JPEG images (12 megapixel camera, 6MB file size), over 8,500 RAW images (based on 14MB file size), or a full 8 hours of 4K Ultra High-Definition footage (4096×2160 35Mb/s H.264 AVC compression). Moreover, Transcend’s SDXC UHS-I U3 cards make extended video recording sessions possible thanks to the use of the exFAT file system that allows users to exceed the 4GB size per file limit of FAT32.

Free RecoveRX Software

For added value, each Transcend memory card includes a free download of Transcend’s exclusive RecoveRx™ photo recovery software – an extraordinarily effective tool for bringing back accidentally deleted or lost files. All Transcend memory cards are fully tested for compatibility and reliability, and carry Transcend’s renowned Lifetime Warranty. The SDXC UHS-I U3 cards (R95MB/s, W60MB/s) are available in 64GB (US$49) and 128GB (US$109) capacities, while the SDXC/SDHC UHS-I U3X cards (R95MB/s, W85MB/s) are available in 32GB (US$59) and 64GB (US$119) capacities.

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Sony to record 2014 World Cup… 3 matches in 4K

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Sony, an official FIFA Partner, offers a wide array of 4K products ranging from broadcast and professional solutions, to 4K-compatible consumer products such as TVs, home theatre projectors and video cameras, and provides unique and comprehensive 4K live production solutions, from shooting and production to viewing. Through the following joint initiatives, Sony and FIFA aim to further accelerate the expansion of the 4K viewing experience:

・ Sony and FIFA will jointly produce the Official 2014 FIFA World Cup Film in 4K (“Official 4K Film”). The film will include a selection of games, including the final. The Official 4K Film is due to be distributed online by FIFA via 4K content distribution services after the 2014 FIFA World Cup.

・ FIFA will leverage Sony’s professional 4K equipment within its 4K live production workflow processes at the 2014 FIFA World Cup to film one match from the round of 16 (to be held on 28 June), one quarter-final (on 4 July), and the final (on 13 July) at the Estadio do Maracanã) in Rio de Janeiro. Sony will be providing extensive technical support to FIFA, including the development of a 4K live production system. Sony’s products and solutions including its CineAlta™ 4K live camera “PMW-F55”, 4K multi-port AV storage unit “PWS-4400”, 4K LCD monitor “PVM-X300”, and 4K multi-format switcher “MVS-7000X”(subject to change) will be used to film the 2014 FIFA World Cup. The filmed 4K footage will be compiled into the Official 4K Film.

・ At Sony’s commercial display booths located within some of the 2014 FIFA World Cup stadia and at the FIFA-hosted HD public viewing “FIFA Fan Fest™” events to be held in Brazil, visitors will be able to enjoy Official 4K Film promotional trailers produced in 4K/60P with match action.

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・ Around the world, viewers will also be able to enjoy the 4K/60P promotional trailers for the Official 4K Film on 4K compatible BRAVIATM TVs at Sony showrooms and retail outlets including Sony Stores.

Soichi Kawachi, VP in charge of FIFA Partnership at Sony said, “We are very excited to offer an entirely new viewing experience at the greatest sport event in the world, the FIFA World Cup. By leveraging our cutting-edge 4K technology and our premier products and solutions through our partnership with FIFA, we will deliver a unique and totally compelling entertainment experience conveying the excitement of the matches in Brazil with the depth and vividness that the ultra-high definition of 4K delivers.”

“FIFA has a proud track record in embracing innovation at our flagship competition, to make sure that football fans around the world receive the very best in match coverage and experience,” said FIFA Director of TV Niclas Ericson. “We are excited by the prospect of working with Sony to incorporate 4K technology in our production plans. 4K will propel fans around the globe into a whole new viewing dimension and it marks the dawning of a new era in the broadcasting of sport.”

At the 2014 FIFA World Cup, Sony and FIFA will draw on the technological expertise they have accumulated through extensive 4K shooting trials, to capture each unforgettable moment, as well as the speed, power and excitement of the first-class football action as it unfolds on the pitch. 4K technology will enable the dynamism of the goals, the subtle expressions on the player’s faces, and the passion of the fans in the stadium to be captured with unprecedented vividness, as if the viewer were there in the stadium itself. Going forward, Sony and FIFA will accelerate their combined efforts in 4K to deliver the action and emotions of the 2014 FIFA World Cup to even more people around the globe.

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Canon “C” servo zoom for C100, 300and 500 cameras (£22,500 from July)

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CN7x17 KAS S – Super 35mm sensor optics

The CN7x17 KAS S has been created for the world of TV production – a fast-paced, mobile environment that conventional Super 35mm format cine lenses were not designed for. To support operators in this field, Canon’s new cine-servo lens combines decades of experience in the design of market-leading broadcast lenses with technology derived from its high-performance cine zooms – creating a tool of unprecedented quality, versatility and usability.

With a best-in-class focal length of 17-120mm, the lens is tailor-made for camera operators in traditional broadcast environments, whilst retaining the benefits of Canon’s renowned cine lenses for movie productions, where a more fluid shooting style is required.

Large sensor cameras have rapidly become established across a wide range of production categories, from drama to documentaries and current affairs. The new cine-servo lens has been designed to respond to the evolving needs of broadcast professionals, integrating perfectly into such shooting scenarios. Offering operators the best of both worlds, it provides the functionality expected from traditional broadcast lenses whilst also capturing video of the highest quality with a distinct ‘cinematic look’. Both EF-mount (CN7x17 KAS S /E1) and industry-standard PL-mount (CN7x17 KAS S /P1) variants will be available.

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Built to exacting optical standards, the cine-servo lens leverages Canon’s unparalleled expertise in lens design. It supports 4K resolution shooting, with 7x magnification throughout a hugely versatile 17-120mm zoom range and a minimum T-number of T2.95, providing the flexibility to cover an unparalleled range of shooting situations with a lens of this type.

The servo drive unit makes it ideal for use in mobile productions such as  documentaries. The drive unit is the same size as those on typical portable lenses, providing the same feel in operation, and making long shoots more comfortable. High speed zoom, iris and focusing operation allow operators to respond rapidly to changes in a scene, while low speed drive functionality offers unrivalled control over slow zooming to ensure they can achieve exactly the desired effect. Immediate start-up means shots won’t be missed in dynamic situations.

The lens is also perfectly suited to tripod-mounted use, during studio or outside broadcasts, for example. Zoom, focus and iris can all be controlled using Canon’s existing zoom and focus demands, providing precise and convenient control over vital image adjustments without the operator touching the lens. Virtual studio use is also supported thanks to a sophisticated 16-bit encoder output.

In line with Canon’s unsurpassed broadcast heritage, the new cine-servo lens is user-friendly, reliable and robust. The structural design has been developed to ensure high levels of ruggedness and reliability, even in unforgiving broadcast environments – combining the finest quality optics with a weather-and-shock-proof construction that makes it suitable for use in hostile conditions.

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As part of the Cinema EOS System, the lens is equally at home on a movie set. The servo drive unit facilitates a mobile shooting style that is difficult to achieve with many existing cine lenses, and can also be removed completely to enable typical cinematic operation.  Re-installation is quick and simple, with no adjustment of gear positions required.  Canon’s renowned optical quality combines with support for standard accessories, including follow focus units and matte boxes, providing a truly versatile solution.

Compatible with a wide range of cameras, the CN7x17 KAS S also supports communication between lens and camera. The EF-mount version utilises Canon’s own system, whilst the PL-mount variant is the first in the Cinema EOS series to support Cooke’s /i Technology. 12-pin serial communication is also supported.

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Fantastic addition for C300 users (£2,799)

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Take control with the Canon Remote Controller RC-V100

Developed in direct response to market feedback, the RC-V100 offers greater creative flexibility for Canon camcorder users by expanding the scope of possible installation locations and increasing compatibility with multi-camera shoots, freeing DoPs and cameramen to concentrate on getting the shot they really need.

Providing access to any in-camera function using the standard operating menus, the RC-V100 features dedicated interfaces that allow users control of common settings such as iris, zoom and white balance, whilst a number of more advanced adjustments, such as knee point/slope and master pedestal, can also be made directly. Support for custom settings is provided in the form of four buttons that mirror the operation of assignable camera buttons 1-4 on the body itself.

“Our customers are constantly inspiring us with their creativity and desire to use our products in new and different ways – sometimes in ways we didn’t expect. We really want to feed this creativity by expanding shooting possibilities even further, and this has resulted in the development of the new Canon Remote Controller RC-V100,” said Kieran Magee, Director of Professional Marketing, Canon Europe. “The customer feedback we receive is invaluable to us, and we hope that the addition of this new remote will enable even more of our customers to realise their vision.”

At launch, the Canon Remote Controller RC-V100 wired remote will be compatible with a range of Canon professional video cameras and Cinema EOS cameras, including the XF300-series, EOS C100, EOS C300 and EOS C500. A free firmware update will be required to provide compatibility with models announced prior to the launch of the new remote control.

New firmware and upgrades
Continuous Recording functionality will soon be available for the EOS C100, thanks to a free firmware update that will permit uninterrupted recording  and the ability for users to set in and out markers directly, in-camera. Selected moments can then be instantly accessed during editing, saving time and effort. Furthermore, the ability to record in full, particularly when shooting significant moments such as weddings or important events, allows users to access moments that might not have been spotted on the day, or to adjust the marked shots for the best possible end result. Compatible NLE software is required to take full advantage of Continuous Recording; at launch the feature will be supported by EDIUS Pro 7 from Grass Valley.

In addition, Canon is announcing the future availability of a paid-for upgrade that brings Dual Pixel CMOS AF functionality (DAF) to its professional EOS C300 camcorder. Dual Pixel CMOS AF is a ground-breaking, Canon-developed technology that expands shooting possibilities by providing smooth, fast, high-performance continuous autofocus in large sensor video cameras, to offer even greater creative flexibility in everyday use.  First announced for the EOS C100, and since requested by many EOS C300 users, this unique feature expands shooting opportunities for the popular cine camera even further.

Finally, Canon is also bringing Peripheral Illumination Correction for its CN-E35mm T1.5 L F and EF-S55-250mm F4-5.6 IS STM lenses to the EOS C100, EOS C300 and EOS C500 . Peripheral Illumination Correction balances any light fall-off, or drop in illumination, that may darken the edges of an image as a result of lens characteristics or shooting conditions.

Pricing & Availability

  • The Canon Remote Controller RC-V100 and associated firmware updates are expected to be available from June 2014 with an SRP of £2,799/€2,999
  • Continuous recording on the EOS C100 is expected to be available via a firmware update from late February 2014
  • DAF functionality for the EOS C300 is expected to be available via a firmware update from May 2014 costing approximately £340/€400
  • The firmware update to enable Peripheral Illumination Correction for the CN-E35mm T1.5 L F and EF-S55-250mm F4-5.6 IS STM lenses is expected to be available from June 2014

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NEW Canon XF205

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The latest additions to the Canon range of professional video camcorders, the XF205 and XF200 offer excellent optical performance and broadcast quality output in a small form factor. Building on many of the features previously found in Canon Cinema EOS Digital Cinema Cameras and HD camcorders, the XF205 and XF200 break new ground in cameras of this size with the focus being on image quality with the maximum of versatility and flexibility.

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WHO ARE THEY FOR?

Ideally suited to newsgathering, documentary and independent filmmakers as well as videographers across a wide range of disciplines, the XF205 and XF200 professional camcorders feature the very latest in Canon camcorder technology, enabling single operators to maintain flexibility and fast reactions to quickly changing events.

With their small form factor, the XF205 and XF200 are engineered to meet the high standards demanded for broadcast quality production. Thanks to the latest DIGIC DV4 processor, and a raft of performance-led features such as a 20x zoom wide-angle lens (offering a 26.8-576mm focal length range), and a 1/2.84-type 2.91 Megapixel HD CMOS Pro sensor for outstanding dynamic range and low-light performance, the XF205 and XF200 are designed to be used in challenging situations.

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KEY FEATURES

  • 20x f/1.8 wide-angle zoom lens for amazing long-distance shots
  • HD CMOS Pro sensor provides outstanding image quality, even in low light
  • Compact, lightweight design, with 3-ring lens operation and rotatable grip
  • OLED display and 1.23m dot viewfinder enable precise monitoring
  • Share content easily via built in WiFi or Ethernet; record proxy files directly to other devices
  • Dual format recording: broadcast standard 50Mbps MPEG2 codec, plus MP4 in HD or SD
  • Genlock, Timecode, and 3G-SDI terminals for multi-cam integration1
  • Wide DR gamma helps to avoid over-exposure
  • 4-channel audio recording; 2 XLR inputs
  • Infrared shooting mode, with enhanced IR lamp

 

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FCPX pre NAB 2014 video formats

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Every so often I get asked whats compatible with FCPX so here is a pre NAB 2014 update…

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The Panasonic AJ-PX270…”with a major game changing surprise in store”

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Having received my AJ-PX270 last Friday I have had a roller-coaster weekend getting to know the camcorder with some surprising results.

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The camera is heavier than I was expecting which is a good thing…well built and well thought out ergonomically, finally we get an automatic lens hood getting away from the dangling lens cap seen on the AC8.

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My good friend Alister films theatre shows all over Scotland with two Sony EX3 cameras into a Panasonic switcher ending up onto a Sony EX30 digital SxS recorder.

Alister is hoping to upgrade this year and is looking at two Panasonic PX270 camcorders as a replacement for his second 2 camera kit, Sony NX5 camcorders.

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The Panasonic PX270′s 10bit 422 via Long GOP 50 onto SDXC cards is very tempting in fact he discovered his switcher is already 10bit and has a HyperDeck Studio which is 10bit 422 giving him a clear 10bit 422 pathway from camera to recorder.

I recorded some footage to include in the review and tomorrow we are going to see how the camera matches up to the Sony EX3 and NX5.

One final major game changer surprise is that the Panasonic PX270 has a far better………….? Oh dear have I missed out something, the major surprise will be exclusively revealed on the video review coming fairly soon.

I say fairly because Long GOP 50 is not yet available in FCPX 10.1.1 and I am hoping Apple will include this codec in the NAB update due soon.

If you film 720p you can ingest your footage via the HDMI socket into Blackmagic Media Express, its a laborious way to capture footage so I may sit tight till the new update arrives for FCPX.

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The New Panasonic Varicam to be shown at NAB 2014

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Pana-man-sKunihiko Miyagi…Director of Panasonic Professional Imaging…

“One of the big defining characteristics of the new Varicams is their modular style. The cameras and recorder are separate, with the recorder being dockable to both cameras.

The cameras have received a lot of attention already, but I would like to again explain about them. One is the 4K camera module, which has a Super35-sized sensor and a PL mount.

Next is the 2/3” HD camera module, which has a 2/3” sensor set and can shoot FullHD up to 240fps. The recorder module is a very powerful unit capable of recording in a variety of formats, including 4K and high frame rate FullHD.

Besides the convenience of being able to use a single recorder for the two different camera heads, the Varicam’s modular set up allows the camera and recorder to be separated, connected by a single cable. When shooting in tight quarters, on a crane, etc, room need only be made for the camera, with the recorder located somewhere with a bit more space. Please note, however, that the camera heads cannot be used without the recorder, and the recorder can only be used with the Varicam camera modules.

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Why did we adopt a modular concept for the Varicams?

The biggest reason is simply that we believed we could best meet the needs of users by simultaneously developing a large sensor version when shallow DOF is needed, and a 2/3” version for scenes that require more of the picture in focus. Being modular also of course allows more flexibility for further additions to the line in the future.

By the way, in response to our original announcement of the Varicam 35 and Varicam HS in late February, there were a lot of comments online from people  saying they wanted clearer pictures of the cameras. I’ve included some in this post, and I am sure there will be many pictures taken by visitors to our NAB booth in a couple of weeks!”

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New Zeiss zoom for NAB 2014

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ZEISS is launching the Compact Zoom CZ.2 15-30/T2.9 at this year’s NAB Show in Las Vegas from April 7-10, 2014. The third member of the Compact Zoom family broadens the cine zoom line-up in the wide-angle range. From August 2014, the lens will be available for € 17,900 or US$ 23,900 (excl. VAT)*. The new zoom lens fills the wide-angle gap and complements the already available CZ.2 28-80/T2.9 and CZ.2 70-200/T2.9 lenses. It does not only offer extreme angles of view but also fulfills all the requirements for motion picture zooms: It stands out for its optical brilliance, as well as its distortion-free images.

The ZEISS Compact Zoom CZ.2 family of lenses sets new standards only experienced with fixed focal lengths from ZEISS. Equipped with this set of three zoom lenses, cinematographers can master an enormous range of shooting situations without having to resort to frequent time-consuming lens switches. For sophisticated filmmakers, the ZEISS cine zooms open up new creative possibilities. When working with a zoom lens, you can move a lot more quickly because you don’t have to change lenses and can make different shots from the same perspective.

The ZEISS Compact Zoom lenses are the only cine-style zooms in the world with full-frame coverage. All three zooms were calculated for the full-frame format of 36×24 mm. As a result, they are also compatible with image sensors larger than Super 35 (ex: image diagonal 31.5 mm) and therefore already ready to accommodate future developments in the field of growing sensor sizes. When the lenses are used on Super 35 cameras, users benefit from the positive “sweet-spot effect”: the image circle used by the sensor comes from the inner circle of the lens. As a result, the lens only uses that part of the illumination that has the highest quality in terms of sharpness, light and contrast. In line with the reliable and strict quality requirements that ZEISS lenses are subject to, all three representatives of the Compact Zoom family enable 4K capture.

The cine zooms from ZEISS are masters of flexibility whenever the goal is to achieve high-quality results with little lens changes. The optical balancing between ZEISS cine zooms on the one hand and ZEISS high-end cine lenses on the other fulfills filmmakers’ highest demands, whether they are making big-screen, TV, documentary, music video productions or feature films. All three zooms have a consistent aperture of T2.9, also making them suitable for situations with less available light. And thanks to the established ZEISS color matching, the lenses can be used in combination with the existing lens families ARRI/ZEISS Master Prime, ARRI/ZEISS Ultra Prime and ZEISS Compact Prime, with no additional color grading needed.

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Over many years, ZEISS has been continuing to develop the bokeh – that special look of an out-of-focus area in an image. After all, bokeh is one of the most important characteristics of a lens. With special optical design and circular f-stop forms, ZEISS zooms here achieve a particularly harmonious result and depict out-of-focus highlights as circular without any bothersome artifacts. In addition, the Carl Zeiss T* coating – based on several layers in the nano field – ensures a visible reduction of stray light and reflections. The result: brilliant images with a three-dimensional effect.

A special protection against dust and spray water for rough use on the set underscores the high professional standard of these cine lenses.

The cine zooms from ZEISS deliver the well-known quality and performance for which ZEISS lenses have been known for decades. For cinematographers on smaller budgets in particular, it is critical to make safe investments in their equipment. On this point, the Compact Zoom CZ.2 lenses stand out strongly: due to the interchangeable mount system (IMS), with currently five different mounts (PL, EF, F, MFT und E), the lenses can be fitted without problems onto different camera mounts. As a result, the zooms can always be used on the latest camera models, and always in an optimal system mix.

All three lenses – the new Compact Zoom CZ.2 15-30/T2.9, the CZ.2 28-80/T2.9 and the CZ.2 70-200/T2.9 – will also be available as a complete set (without transport case) for € 44,999 € or US$ 59,900 (excl. VAT)*. As a launch promotion, ZEISS is offering in the United States and Canada an attractive financing program for the new cine zooms as well as the Compact Prime lenses: 0% interest for 12 months with a zero US$ down payment.

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