Academy Award for Master Prime engineers
The prestigious Scientific and Engineering Award® has been awarded to two Carl Zeiss engineers during a festive ceremony on February 11 in Beverly Hills. Carl Zeiss design engineer Uwe Weber and his late colleague Dr Jürgen Noffke, who passed away in 2011, have been honored with the Scientific and Engineering Award® (Academy Plaque®) of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences (©A.M.P.A.S.®) for the mechanical and optical design of the Master Prime cine lenses, a joint development by Carl Zeiss and ARRI.
"Carl Zeiss stands for exceptional lenses and exceptional images," says Dr. Winfried Scherle, Vice President and General Manager of the Camera Lens Division of Carl Zeiss. "Our aim is to open up completely new creative possibilities for filmmakers with our lenses. We are delighted that this aim has been honored by the award for our Master Prime lenses."
ARRI Managing Director Franz Kraus comments, "For more than 70 years, we have been working with Carl Zeiss to develop and manufacture cine lenses. The vibrant exchange of experiences between our two companies and our customers allows us to develop exceptional products, such as the Master Prime lenses."
The Master Prime family of lenses has set new standards in cinematography, combining an extremely high speed with outstanding image sharpness, perfect contrast, and color fidelity. Many top international cinematographers rely on Master Primes for productions of the highest caliber, including Michael Ballhaus, ASC, who comments, "The Master Prime lenses are the perfect tool for me. They open up even more creative ways to do my work. Using the Master Primes I even had the opportunity to shoot a car chase in the middle of the night. No extra lighting was needed and the images had so much more contrast, and much less flare."
Uwe Weber attended the high profile event and was joined by Zeiss colleague Christian Bannert, who accepted the award on behalf of the late Dr Noffke. With Noffke's family sitting in the front row, Bannert delivered a moving speech that was followed by a moment of respectful silence, requested by awards presenter Milla Jovovich.
Many congratulations to the award recipients and also to Zeiss for this fantastic achievement.
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