Prince Albert

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Did You Know…

…which Objective Lenses Are Ready For the Oscars?

Prince Albert could hardly suppress his anxiety before giving a live speech on the radio. After all, the entire British Empire – half the world in 1925 – would be listening to his stuttering. For his portrayal of Prince Albert, Colin Firth took home an Oscar for Best Actor. Yet without the camera lenses that captured in detail his movements and slightest facial expressions even under challenging lighting conditions, no one would have been able to recognize his acting prowess with any certainty.

In “Black Swan,” Natalie Portman – Best Actress in 2011 – sometimes acted in total darkness. It is particularly in scenes like these where very high-intensity objective lenses come into their own. In both movies, the ZEISS Master Prime lenses used ensured that the mood generated largely in natural lighting conditions would come across on screen in full force and with absolute clarity.Even under such adverse conditions, these lenses demonstrate that they are ready for the Oscars, thanks to their high degree of light intensity.

This was not the first year in which six nominees for Best Picture, including the winner “The King’s Speech,” were filmed using ZEISS lenses. Other winners of the top Oscar category were “Slumdog Millionaire” in 2009, “No Country for Old Men” in 2008, and “The Departed” in 2007. The final installment of “The Lord of the Rings” trilogy in 2004 won the largest number of statuettes ever. “The Return of the King,” which cameraman Andres Lesnie filmed with ZEISS objective lenses, won a total of 11 Oscars.

8 March 2011