An Overview of the ARRI Ultra Wide Zoom UWZ 9.5-18mm T2.9 Lens for Super35 (Including the Red Dragon)

Arri

unveils the ARRI Ultra Wide Zoom UWZ 9.5-18mm T2.9 lens that covers the Super 35mm sensor as well as the Red Epic Dragon sensor:

Thorsten Meywald, ARRI Product Manager for lenses, presents ARRI’s Ultra Wide Zoom UWZ 9.5-18/T2.9, the first super wide-angle zoom lens for the professional cine market.

Here’s a video shot on the new lens:

Cinematographer Bill Bennett, ASC, shares his experiences working with the ARRI Ultra Wide Zoom UWZ 9.5-18/T2.9, the first super wide-angle zoom lens for the professional cine market.

From Arri’s site, here are some important features/specs:

Distortion is at a level of less than 1% at 9.5 mm and less than 0.1% at 18 mm, which means that straight lines stay straight, even at close focus. Due to a new multilayer, anti-reflective coating, flare and veiling glare are reduced to an absolute minimum. The telecentric optical design means that the UWZ has a highly uniform field illumination, from the center to the very corners of the image. Built-in ARRI Lens Data System (LDS) functionality provides precise lens metadata for zoom, focus and aperture settings, smoothing postproduction workflows.

Main Features

Future-proof image circle of 34.5 mm for large sensor cameras
Highest optical and mechanical performance
Very low image distortion, even at 9.5 mm
Virtually no image breathing
Uniform field illumination, even at close focus
Very high resolution and contrast up to the image corners
Fixed entrance pupil position over the entire zoom range
Patented optical design
LDS for lens metadata in VFX applications
Exchangeable matte box interfaces
Matches other ARRI/FUJINON and ARRI/ZEISS lenses
Available in ARRI PL-LDS or Canon EF mount

Price is about 40,000 Euros ($50K) approximately.