Say Hello to the New ARRI Signature Zoom Lenses

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It is an exciting day for us here at B&H, as we get to announce the new Signature Zoom lenses from ARRI. Matching the look and feel of the Signature Prime lenses, while supporting up to 8K resolution, the Signature Zooms consist of four lenses that cover a focal-length range of 16 to 300mm, each with a consistent T2.8 throughout the zoom range.

The four lenses consist of a 16 to 32mm, 24 to 75mm, 45 to 135mm, and 65 to 300mm, all in ARRI LPL mount. The lenses have both scales integrated, so switching between feet and meters doesn’t require purchasing a second set of focus scales. However, this is a precision operation and the focus scales are used to generate the metadata the lens outputs through the LDS-2 port, so it is best to have this service performed at an ARRI authorized facility.

It is worth pointing out that while the lenses have matching optical properties and share the same maximum T-stop of 2.8, there is a generous overlap of the focal-length ranges. This will no doubt help when working toward the end of the zoom range, requiring fewer lens changes and making for faster shooting. The lenses are suitable for use when working on a variety of sensor sizes from Super 35 up to Large Format and can be used with cameras that are not made by ARRI, so you are not limited in your creative choices. Optically, these lenses do an excellent job of controlling flare, enabling you to capture images that take full advantage of the increased dynamic range of HDR. Each lens is LDS-2 compatible, providing metadata to compatible camera systems.

ARRI 45-135mm T2.8 Signature Zoom Lens with LPL Mount (Meters)
ARRI 45-135mm T2.8 Signature Zoom Lens with LPL Mount (Meters)

Along with the new zooms, ARRI is also introducing a 1.7x extender, which is included with the 65 to 300mm and extends that lens’s focal-length range to 510mm. As a bonus, the extender also works with the 280mm Signature Prime.

ARRI 1.7X Extender for 65-300mm T2.8 Zoom & 280mm T2.8 Lens
ARRI 1.7X Extender for 65-300mm T2.8 Zoom & 280mm T2.8 Lens

Check out the new ARRI Signature Zooms, with the look of the Signature Primes and the flexibility of zoom lenses. These four lenses and the extender are exceptional creative tools for creating moving images.

For more information on ARRI Signature Primes and Zooms, visit the B&H Photo Website or, if you're in New York City, visit The Studio at the B&H Photo SuperStore.  

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