Zeiss Arri Engineers Win Technical Oscar for Master Prime Cine Lenses

Bookmark and Share

Mon, 02/13/2012 - 19:00 -- Nick Dager

Carl Zeiss design engineer Uwe Weber and his late colleague Dr. Jürgen Noffke who passed away in 2011 have been honored with the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Scientific and Engineering Award for the mechanical and optical design of the Master Prime cine lenses a joint development by Carl Zeiss and camera manufacturer Arri. The award was presented at ceremonies on February 11. “Carl Zeiss stands for exceptional lenses and exceptional images. Our aim is to open up completely new creative possibilities for filmmakers with our lenses. We are delighted that this aim has been honored by the award for our Master Prime lenses ” says Dr. Winfried Scherle vice president and general manager of the camera lens division of Carl Zeiss. “For more than 70 years we have been working with Carl Zeiss to develop and manufacture cine lenses ” says Franz Kraus member of the Arri board of management. “The vibrant exchange of experiences between our two companies and our customers allows us to develop exceptional products such as the Master Prime lenses.” Michael Ballhaus one of the most highly regarded cinematographers said “The Master Prime lenses are the perfect tool for me. They open up even more creative ways to do my work. Using the Master Prime lenses I even had the opportunity to shoot a car chase in the middle of the night. No extra lighting was needed and the images had so much more contrast and much less flare.” The experience of many successful cine lenses has gone into the development of Master Prime lenses. Numerous Oscar-winning movies have been shot with Zeiss lenses including the legendary The Lord of the Rings trilogy which won a total of 17 Oscars. Carl Zeiss and Arri jointly introduced the Master Prime lenses in 2004 for the Arri cine cameras. They are built by Carl Zeiss and marketed by Arri. Arri www.arri.com