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ZEISS CP.3 XD 135mm eXtended Data Compact Prime T2.1 - Imperial, PL Mount

Abel Code: CZ-2184-928
Mfr. Code: 2184-928
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This 1355mm CP.3 XD Prime from ZEISS with a PL Mount and imperial markings will cover a Full Frame camera lens and pass on valuable lens data to compatible cameras which will shorten your workflow both on set and in post production.
Key Highlights
  • All CP.3 XD deliver lens data
  • Streamlines workflow with /i Technology
  • Covers Full Frame camera sensor


This ZEISS 135mm CP.3 XD eXtended Data prime lens includes imperial markings and a PL mount. ZEISS Compact Prime CP.3 XD lenses range from wide-angle to telephoto. 

The ZEISS CP.3 XD version features innovative and ground-breaking lens data technology to speed-up and simplify the workflow on set and in post-production. CP.3 lenses also records accurate metadata. They utilize the intelligent Cooke /i Technology, but in a new way.

The ZEISS eXtended Data is a unique technology which is based on the /i Technology which provides information about the lens' distortion and shading characteristics in real time. With ZEISS CP.3 XD lenses, even small productions on a limited budget gain access to the advanced techniques common in state-of-the-art, big budget films, commercials, and television shows. The lens will communicate this intelligent data to compatible cameras without the use of additional accessories and high knowledge of complex programs.

In addition to lens data sent to the camera, CP.3 XD lenses can also communicate through a LEMO cable to compatible accessory hardware, such as Ambient's timecode generator the MasterLockItPlus which is sold separately. You can also store and manipulate lens shading and distortion maps. Check out Andy Shipsides' video about these functions.

Key lens data collected by the CP.3 XD lenses will deliver frame-accurate information about these components:

  • Lens name, type, and focal length
  • Calibrated focusing distance
  • Calibrated T-stop value
  • Depth-of-field data in real time
  • Hyperfocal distance
  • Horizontal field-of-view
  • Entrance pupil position

Upgrading The CP.2

ZEISS CP.3 lenses offer a combination of high image quality and reliable usability. They exhibit the clean and crisp characteristics ZEISS is known for, together with an interchangeable mount system and full-frame coverage.

As compared to the CP.2 family, CP.3 lenses offer:

  • Covers Full Frame / Super35 sensors
  • A more consistent T-stop range
  • Shared focal lengths with the Milvus family
  • Compact body to accommodate gimbal & aerial work
  • 95mm front diameter (instead of the 114mm of the CP.2s)
  • Standard focus ring position
  • 300° rotation

True Cine Look

Ranging from 15 mm to 135 mm, the ten focal lengths available in the ZEISS Compact Prime CP.3 (or CP.3 XD which is ZEISS' eXtended CP.3) series cover all applications from wide-angle to telephoto. The ZEISS CP.3 lenses feature advanced lens coatings, painted lens rims and special light traps within the barrel to eliminate unwelcome veiling glare and flares. The result is higher contrast, richer blacks and more saturated colors.

  • Clean and crisp ZEISS look which matches perfectly with other ZEISS cinema lenses
  • Color matching and covering full frame across the full range of focal lengths from 15 to 135 mm
  • Special lens coatings support high-dynamic range projects

Ultimate Cine Ergonomics

The ZEISS CP.3 lenses are a professional toolset that simplifies your work on set. They are easy to handle, allow for fast changeover of equipment and give you great creative freedom to make your ideas come to life.

  • Standardized positioning of the focus rings and a consistent 95 mm front diameter allows for fast and easy changeover while on set
  • Extraordinarily smooth focus rotation even in extreme temperature conditions thanks to a new, sophisticated construction design
  • Consistent T-stops simplifies lighting on set and exposure compensations (T2.9 for 15 to 21 mm and T2.1 for 25 to 135 mm)

Compact Size Redefined

The compact and light-weight design enables you to use different stabilizing systems and to have a compact camera setup that is ideal for shooting in narrow spaces and for capturing dynamic shots.

  • The compact and light-weight design is ideal for handheld, gimbal, drone and Steadicam applications
  • Consistent size and weight across most of the focal lengths enables quick change of lenses when used on drones and gimbals
  • The ultra-smooth focus rotation allows use of small focus motors

Adding Timecode

When you record ZEISS eXtended Data via the external LEMO compatible plug to Ambient MasterLockItPlus (sold separately), data is then transferred per an integrated WiFi App from the MasterLockitPlus. You can then perform data management on set with Pomfort Silverstack or live grade on set with Pomfort LiveGrade Pro (both of the Pomfort products are available separately). At this point, you can implement ZEISS-specific data with a ZEISS plug-in for common post production tools. 

If your compatible camera happens to include timecode, then you can go straight from your CP.3 lens to your camera while using the integrated PL Mount interface. From your camera. you can next transfer or record embedded data in video files or as a sidecar file. At this point, you can perform data management on set with Pomfort Silverstack, then implement ZEISS-specific data with a ZEISS plug-in for common post production tools.

New ZEISS eXtended Data Technology

The ZEISS eXtended Data technology adds new opportunities to simplify and increase the accuracy of the image capture and processing workflow. ZEISS eXtended Data unifies two data sets: key lens data based on the open /i Technology standard and supported by a wide range of cameras and accessories, plus ZEISS specific lens data that contains precise lens characteristics. 

  • A unique technology that provides information about the lens' distortion and shading characteristics in real time to speed-up the workflow on set and in post-production
  • Lens settings are digitally captured on every frame, avoiding the need to manually record the lens settings for every shot
  • Documentation of the lens' characteristics enhances creativity by allowing more complex shots to be handled in post-production

One-Click Correction of Images

The ZEISS CP.3 XD lenses enable trailblazing, one-click correction of images, never-before possible in motion picture workflow. ZEISS specific lens data provides frame accurate information about: 

  • Lens distortion characteristics based on the focal point
  • Lens shading* characteristics based on the focal point and effective T-stop

* Shading, in this case, refers to the darkened corners of the captured image on sensor due to illumination loss towards the outside of the image field. ZEISS CP.3 XD lenses contain the data for this characteristic which enables higher precision of post processing and greater creative freedom in post-production. This shading effect can also be intensified for creative purposes. Shading does not refer to color shading, which is a phenomenon that sometimes accompanies color shifting, resulting in darker corners with magenta, green and purple color casts. Shading does not refer to vignetting, which is caused when the lens' image circle is smaller than the image sensor, or by the inaccurately sized matte boxes and/or multiple filter stages in front of the lens, which blocks the optical path of the light into the lens.

Upgradable Options on CP.3 XD Lenses

CP.3 XD lenses house encoder chips to deliver ZEISS eXtended Data, currently assigned to two data sets:

  • Key lens data (focal length, focus distance and iris position) based on the /i Technology, which is supported by a wide range of existing equipment.
  • ZEISS specific lens data, which contains precise information about distortion and shading

The ZEISS eXtended Data technology is planned to be expanded in future to offer additional features. Therefore, ZEISS will offer lens firmware upgrades. 

Lens characteristics can be applied and previewed on set using Pomfort LiveGrade Pro. To apply recorded lens characteristics in post-production ZEISS provides an OFX-plug-in. Initially the plug-in works with the grading software Blackmagic Design DaVinci Resolve. Support for other grading, editing and compositing software will be available in future.

What's in the Box

  • Rear Lens Cover
  • Front Lens Cover
  • ZEISS CP.3 XD 135mm eXtended Data Compact Prime T2.1 - Imperial, PL Mount


Key Highlights

  • All CP.3 XD deliver lens data
  • Streamlines workflow with /i Technology
  • Covers Full Frame camera sensor
  • Small housing for gimbal & aerial work
  • Imperial Markings / PL Mount
  • One-click correction of images
  • No need to manually record lens settings

Lens Characteristics

Prime or Zoom:
Lens Mount:
Fixed Focal Length:
Front Diameter:
95mm - (approx. 3.7")
Image Circle:
Max Dimensions (Diameter x Length):
95mm x 126.5mm - (3.7" x 4.98")
Barrel Markings:
Rotation Angle of Focusing Ring:
Aperture Range:
T 2.1 to T 22
Minimum Focus Distance:
3'3" - (approx. 1.0 m)
Max Angle of View:
15degrees - Horizontal Angle of View for a full-frame camera (aspect ratio 1:1.5, dimensions 36 mm x 24 mm / 1.42“ x 0.94“)


9.1 in
8.9 in
10.2 in
4.3 lb
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