The oldest partnership in the movie industry began in 1937: the collaboration between ARRI (Arnold & Richter, Munich, Germany) and ZEISS. Since the 1990s, ARRI has been the industry’s supplier of premium quality devices for movie making and processing. However, in 1937, ARRI achieved one of the milestones in the world of movie production, when it launched its Arriflex 35 camera. It was the first that finally allowed moviemakers to see the current image in the view-finder.
This was also the year the cooperation with ZEISS, the top name for optical technology, began. ZEISS contributed the so-called cine lens to this camera. Cine lenses have always been particularly sophisticated tools. On the small space provided by a 35mm film, they generate images that have to meet the most exacting standards. After all, when displayed on huge movie screens, these images have to be enlarged up to 1,000 times. Consequently, the photographic quality produced by the lenses used by highly creative movie directors and camera operators has to be supreme.
Leading international movie producers still count on ZEISS cine lenses today. Blockbusters such as The Lord of the Rings, King Kong and Perfume were all shot with these camera lenses. The key criteria are outstanding sharpness, perfect contrast delivery, true color rendition and maximum attainable freedom from distortion, which allow even the most discriminating movie enthusiast to enjoy an opulent cinematic experience.
Precision optics used in movie productions also have to survive the toughest of conditions – situations one would preferably not even expose them to if one wanted to protect them: Heat, cold weather, vibrations, shocks, sand, rain, snow, smoke, dust, fog, and much, much more.
In the professional cine lens category, ZEISS is the definitive world market leader thanks to its high performance optics.