The oldest partnership in the movie industry first began in 1937: The one between ARRI (Arnold & Richter, Munich, Germany) and Carl Zeiss. Since the 1990s, ARRI has been the supplier of premium quality devices for film making and processing to the industry. 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 the finally allowed filmmakers to see the actual image in the view-finder.
This was also the year the cooperation with Carl Zeiss, the top address for optical technology, begun. Carl 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 35 mm 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 1000 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 colour reproduction 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, oily fog and much, much more.
In the professional cine lens category, Carl Zeiss is the definitive world market leader with its high performance optics.