Making sure that the lenses match your camera's sensor.
When choosing the right lens for the job, one of the essential questions to answer is if this lens will optically work with the camera you want to shoot on.
Will the lenses cover the camera's sensor or sensor mode? In this case we talk about lens illumination or sensor coverage.
Let’s keep in mind that a lens has a circular coverage area – the image circle – while the sensor area is a rectangle.
If the circle goes around the edges of the rectangles, that means the lens covers the respective sensor.
This of course also means that if a lens covers a larger sensor (e.g., Sony Venice), it will also cover the smaller Super 35 sensors or sensor modes.
As you can see, the angle of view of a lens changes depending on the size of the sensor – and not on the lens illumination. You can get an even better understanding with the help of below comparison tool. Just click on the different focal lengths to see the difference in angle of view for different sensor sizes.
What happens when you use a lens with an image circle smaller than the respective sensor? You will see a so-called vignette – shading of the outer edges of the image.
The intensity of the vignette will differ from focal length to focal length. As a rule of thumb, one can say that the wider the lens, the stronger the vignette.
To avoid these kinds of aberrations, you should know, which lenses cover which sensor.
ZEISS Cinematography lenses and their coverage
For you to choose the right ZEISS lens for the camera you want to use, we implemented three small icons that will show you at a glance, what cameras and their sensors are covered by which lens.
Lenses marked with the S35 icon cover:
- ARRI Alexa SXT W
- ARRI Alexa Mini
- ARRI Alexa 35
- Blackmagic URSA Mini Pro 4.6K G2
- Blackmagic URSA Mini Pro 12K
- RED HELIUM 8K S35
- RED GEMINI 5K S35
- RED DRAGON-X 6K S35
- RED RANGER HELIUM
- RED RANGER GEMINI
- RED KOMODO 6K
- Canon C300 III
Lenses marked with the FF icon cover:
- SONY Venice
- SONY Venice 2
- Canon C700 FF
Full Frame +
Lenses marked with the FF+ icon cover:
- ARRI Alexa LF
- ARRI Alexa Mini LF
- RED MONSTRO 8K VV
- RED RANGER MONSTRO
- RED V-RAPTOR
- RED V-RAPTOR XL
Communication about our ZEISS cine lenses will be marked with one more of these icons from now on for you to quickly recognize their coverage.
ZEISS cine lens illumination at a glance
The following table provides you with an overview of most common cinema cameras and which ZEISS cine lens covers which of these cameras.