Latest on ARRI lenses

Latest on ARRI lenses

ARRI is unique in offering filmmakers a modern range of matched, high-performance prime, zoom and specialty cinematography optics. A particular strength is the wide end of the range, where ARRI offers unparalleled lenses such as the Ultra Prime 8R/T2.8. This lens, along with the rest of the Ultra Prime series and also the prestigious Master Prime range, is the result of an on-going collaboration with Carl Zeiss that has brought about some of the most high-performing and user-friendly cine lenses ever manufactured.

In recent years ARRI has developed a collaborative partnership with another world-renowned optics company – Fujinon. The ARRI/FUJINON Alura Zooms have been developed to accompany the ARRI ALEXA digital camera system; they are optimized for digital sensors, but also work perfectly on film. Initially launching with two studio zooms, the 18-80/T2.6 and 45-250/T2.6, the Alura Zoom family now includes two new lightweight zooms, the 15.5-45/T2.8 and 30-80/T2.8.

The new Alura Zooms offer the exceptional optical quality of high-end zoom lenses, but at an affordable price. Lightweight and mobile, they are ideal for handheld, Steadicam, 3D and action photography, and their compatibility with the ARRI Lens Data System allows valuable metadata to be utilized both on set and in post.


The Master Prime series, comprising 16 lenses that cover a focal range of 12 mm to 150 mm, has set new standards in cinematography, combining an extremely high speed with outstanding image sharpness, high contrast, attractive bokeh and stunning color fidelity. In February 2012, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences (©A.M.P.A.S.®) honoured Carl Zeiss design engineer Uwe Weber and his late colleague Dr Jürgen Noffke with a Scientific and Engineering Award® (Academy Plaque®) for the mechanical and optical design of the Master Prime cine lenses. Technical and marketing specifications of the lenses are based on ARRI’s unrivalled market experience and close relationship with filmmakers.

Deliveries of the lightweight Alura Zooms began in April, although several cinematographers had previously tested the lenses during the development process. One of these was Stijn Van der Veken, SBC, who noted, “I shot tests comparing the lightweight Aluras with my Master Primes and my first impression was that they’re wonderful! I aim to use them on a big WWI feature film project that starts shooting this summer.”