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Header image for article NAB 2014: Zeiss Servo Controller for Compact Zoom Lenses

NAB 2014: Zeiss Servo Controller for Compact Zoom Lenses

At their NAB booth this year, Zeiss showed off an interesting new option for their Compact Zoom line of lenses.

This new servo controller gives users the ability to control focus and iris, plus it is designed to work with all CZ.2 lenses via baseplates that are specific to each focal length. Watch my video above for more details and a closer look.

Dave Kincaid
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