ZEISS Supreme Prime Radiance Lenses

Beautiful look. Full control.

ZEISS Supreme Prime Radiance lenses enable cinematographers to create beautiful, consistent and controlled flares in the image while maintaining contrast and avoiding transmission loss. Yet, they offer all attributes of a modern cinema lens: large-format coverage, high speed, robustness and smooth and reliable focus – all in a small, light-weight package.

ZEISS Supreme Prime Radiance lenses come as a seven-lens set: 21 mm, 25 mm, 29 mm, 35 mm, 50 mm, 85 mm and 100 mm – all T1.5. Although being slightly warmer than regular Supreme Primes, they pair very well with them. That’s why we deliberately went without the extremer focal lengths on both ends of the range that the regular Supremes offer. Just mix and match as you see fit.

All Blood Runs Red

Director: Paul Mignot
Cinematographer: Éric Dumont
Shot On: ZEISS Supreme Prime Radiance Lenses | RED RANGER


Director: Aki Mizutani
Cinematographer: Takuro Ishizaka, JSC
Shot On: ZEISS Supreme Prime Radiance Lenses | SONY Venice

R&R (Behind the Scenes)

Cinematographer Rodrigo Prieto ASC, AMC talks about the inseparability of storytelling and look and how ZEISS Supreme Prime Radiance lenses helped him to realize his short film R&R.

Metamorphosis (Behind the Scenes)

Cinematographer Takuro Ishizaka, JSC talks about the making of "Metamorphosis", a short film inspired by the studies of Swiss psychiatrist Carl Gustav Jung (1875-1961) and how ZEISS Supreme Prime Radiance lenses helped him and director Aki Mizutani to realize their project.

The light sources became a very important point of the story. And the lenses allowed me to utilize the characteristics of them for storytelling. […] I would describe the look of the Supreme Prime Radiance lenses as relatively soft but with sharpness. These lenses don’t have an aggressive sharpness to them, they feel organic.

Rodrigo Prieto, ASC, AMC about shooting "R&R" with Supreme Prime Radiance lenses
Supreme Prime Radiance and Supreme Prime

In this film we take a side-by-side look at the flaring behavior of the new ZEISS Supreme Radiance lenses in comparison to regular ZEISS Supreme Prime lenses under different lighting situations. Shot by cinematographer Takuro Ishizaka (JSC) on SONY Venice:

Before using it, I thought just wider lenses give you great flares. But even the tighter lenses give really nice shapes to it. […] I like the coating of the Supreme Prime Radiance because it takes care of a little bit more softness without any filtering. I like that part – not just the flares.

Takuro Ishizaka, JSC

A new coating for a new look: T* blue

A new coating for a new look: Once we had defined what we wanted to achieve with the look, instead of just uncoating lens elements, we revisited our T* coating formulae and reworked them: the birth of T* blue. By that we not only made sure that the resulting flares can be planned and reproduced but were also able to maintain contrast and avoid transmission loss that one normally experiences with uncoated lens elements.

Adding more character to your images

The ZEISS Supreme Prime Radiance lenses enable cinematographers to create beautiful and consistent flares but with one key ability – control. This is made possible by our newly developed lens coating T* blue. Under regular lighting, Supreme Prime Radiance render like modern and versatile cinematography lenses. With appropriate lighting however, the lenses start to flare. Cinematographers can decide and plan when they want to create flares rather than relying on unforeseen effects. Overall, Supreme Prime Radiance are a touch warmer than Supreme Primes but still retain all the other features that one might have experienced from using the regular Supreme Prime lenses.

Cinematic large-format coverage and high speed

The ZEISS Supreme Prime Radiance lenses are designed for cinematic large-format sensor coverage, making them the ideal choice for current and future camera systems. At T1.5 the ZEISS Supreme Primes demonstrate their unsurpassed craftsmanship in tricky low-light environments.

Aesthetic focus fall-off and elegant bokeh

A very smooth transition between in-focus and out of focus areas characterize the unique look of the ZEISS Supreme Prime Radiance lenses. This adds richer texture and greater depth to the image.

A versatile look and gentle sharpness

The ZEISS Supreme Prime Radiance lenses possess a look, which ensures freedom in creating the look you want to achieve. Especially when capturing crucial textures such as skin tones, the unique quality of the ZEISS Supreme Prime lenses is a gentle sharpness that renders a crisp but organic look.

Efficiency and reliability throughout the entire production

The unique ZEISS eXtended Data technology offers lens metadata critical for VFX-intensive productions and workflows on set. The frame accurate information about focal length, focusing distance, T-stop and depth-of-field enables the camera assistant to work more precisely and eliminates guesswork for the DIT. 

Made in Germany, used and maintained around the globe

ZEISS Cinematography lenses are designed and manufactured at ZEISS headquarters in Oberkochen, Germany. The lenses are assembled manually and engraved with individually calibrated scales. Serviceability is a top priority starting in the initial stages of the development process. ZEISS has built up a global service network in the recent years with authorized service stations offering service according to factory standards in the US, Europe and Asia.

ZEISS eXtended Data technology

Simplify and increase the accuracy of the image capturing and processing workflow. ZEISS eXtended Data unifies two data sets: key lens data based on the Cooke /i* Technology and the ZEISS distortion and shading lens data. After recording on set together with the video files, they can be applied in post-production for compositing for example by using the ZEISS developed lens plugin.

Technical Data

  Release Aperture Close Focus1 Length2 Front diameter Weight Horizontal Angle of View








Full Frame 3

Super 35 4

Supreme Prime Radiance
21 mm T1.5

April 2020

T1.5 to T22

0.35 m | 13.7‘‘

119 mm | 4.7‘‘

95 mm | 3.7

1.5 kg | 3.3 lbs



Supreme Prime Radiance
25 mm T1.5

April 2020

T1.5 to T22

0.26 m | 10‘‘

119 mm | 4.7‘‘

95 mm | 3.7

1.42 kg | 3.13 lbs



Supreme Prime Radiance
29 mm T1.5

April 2020

T1.5 to T22

0.33 m | 13‘‘

119 mm | 4.7‘‘

95 mm | 3.7

1.61 kg | 3.55 lbs



Supreme Prime Radiance
35 mm T1.5

April 2020

T1.5 to T22

0.32 m | 13‘‘

119 mm | 4.7‘‘

95 mm | 3.7

1.40 kg | 3.09 lbs



Supreme Prime Radiance
50 mm T1.5

April 2020

T1.5 to T22

0.45 m | 18‘‘

119 mm | 4.7‘‘

95 mm | 3.7

1.22 kg | 2.69 lbs



Supreme Prime Radiance
85 mm T1.5

April 2020

T1.5 to T22

0.84 m | 2‘9‘‘

119 mm | 4.7‘‘

95 mm | 3.7‘‘

1.42 kg | 3.13 lbs



Supreme Prime Radiance
100 mm T1.5

April 2020

T1.5 to T22

1.1 m | 3‘9‘‘

119 mm | 4.7‘‘

95 mm | 3.7‘‘

1.7 kg | 3.74 lbs



1) Close focus distance is measured from the image plane
2) Front to PL mount flange
3) 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“)
4) Horizontal angle of view for an ANSI Super 35 Silent camera (aspect ratio 1:1.33, dimensions 24.9 mm x 18.7 mm / 0.98“ x 0.74“)

ZEISS Supreme Prime & Supreme Prime Radiance Lenses


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Firmware Update

ZEISS CP.3 XD, Supreme Prime and Supreme Prime Radiance Lenses

Firmware v1.71 improves the data exchange between the lenses and Sony Venice cameras. A special connection kit is needed consisting of the lens connector, a DC power supply, the RS232 plug and a USB /RS232 converter. It is available at the ZEISS Service stations and can be ordered from ZEISS Customer Care Center.

Lens Data Viewer

ZEISS eXtended Data

ZEISS Data Viewer allows you to communicate with a CP.3 XD, Supreme Prime or Supreme Prime Radiance Lens using a computer and read out lens parameters.

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