NAB 2014 video: Prototype servo zoom solution for Zeiss Compact Zooms

Posted by Mat Gallagher technical editor Matt Allard talks to Helmut Lenhof of Zeiss about their prototype servo zoom unit for the CZ range. The unit will attach to existing lenses via a unique base plate, and have motors to control zoom, iris and an optional focus motor. Though you would need to buy a base plate for each of your lenses, you can quickly swap the motor unit, which makes the process far more affordable.

The unit can be powered from the camera or an external power supply and will feature a stop-start control (not on the current prototype) and adjustable speeds. The servo unit is expected to be available towards the end of the year, prices are still to be confirmed. For more information visit:

There is more detail below about the servo controller and the new 15-30 Compact Zoom in our live show interview with Richard Schleuning from Zeiss:

NAB 2014: NewsShooter – Zeiss from Teradek on Vimeo.


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