CHIOPT EXTREMER Full Frame Compact Zoom 28-85mm/T3.2

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The CHIOPT Compact Zoom 28-85mm/T3.2 is the first lens in a new EXTREMER series. EXTREMER is a contemporary cinema lens series that will consist of multiple full-frame cinema lenses.

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Who is CHIOPT?

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CHIOPT is a Chinese company that has been around since 2012. They mainly specialize in making industrial and security lenses.

Finally an affordable full-frame Cine zoom

We have seen a few affordable S35 cine zoom lenses come to market, but no full-frame options.

With most cameras coming out having full-frame and larger sensors, there has been a gaping hole in the market for affordable cine zooms. Plenty of affordable full frame and larger cine primes have come out in the last few years, but it is a lot harder to make a zoom than it is a prime.

Image Coverage

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The lens covers image circles of up to 46mm, so it can be used on all of today’s modern digital cinema cameras.

CHIOPT COMPACT ZOOM 28-85mm/T3.246mm
ARRI 24-75mm T2.8 Signature Zoom46mm
Leitz Cine Zoom 25-75mm T2.846.5mm
ZEISS 28-80mm T2.9 Compact Zoom CZ.243.3mm
Fujinon Premista28-100mm T2.946.3mm

Above you can see what the image circle coverage is for some of the other full frame and greater cine zooms with similar focal lengths.

Size & Weight

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The CHIOPT COMPACT ZOOM 28-85mm/T3.2 tips the scales at 2.7 kg / 5.95 lb (PL Mount).

CHIOPT COMPACT ZOOM 28-85mm/T3.22.7 kg / 5.95 lb
ARRI 24-75mm T2.8 Signature Zoom4.1 kg / 9lb
Leitz Cine Zoom 25-75mm T2.83.72 kg / 8.2 lb
ZEISS 28-80mm T2.9 Compact Zoom CZ.22.5 kg / 5.5 lb
Fujinon Premista 28-100mm T2.93.8 kg / 8.38 lb

Above you can see how the weight compares to other similar focal length cine zooms. The CHIOPT COMPACT ZOOM 28-85mm/T3.2 is a tiny bit heavier than the Zeiss 28-80mm T2.9, but quite a lot lighter than the other lenses.

Other Features

The lens is claimed to feature a parfocal design and well-controlled breathing. The focus throw is 288-degrees. The minimum focusing distance from the front of the lens is 40cm (1.31′). The front lens diameter is 114mm.

Instead of making two different versions of the 28-85mm/T3.2, CHIOPT has placed the metric scale on the left side of the focus ring, and the imperial scale on the right side.

A PL native mount is standard, but there are also Canon EF and Sony E mounts available. CHIOPT states that other mounts will also be available in the future.

Is the lens design based on something else?

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Could this just be something like the Vivitar 28-85mm f/2.8-3.8 Canon FD-Mount Manual Focus Zoom Lens that has been rehoused? Or Nikon AI Zoom Nikkor 28-85mm F3.5-4.5S? Who knows! The company won’t say.



Other Options

The lenses with the closest focal range to this lens would be the ZEISS 28-80mm T2.9 Compact Zoom CZ.2, ARRI 24-75mm T2.8 Signature Zoom, Fujinon Premista 28-100mm T2.9, Leitz Cine Zoom 25-75mm T2.8. and the yet-to-be-released Angenieux 37-102mm T2.9.

Price & Availability

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There is zero indication of how much the CHIOPT Compact Zoom 28-85mm/T3.2 will cost or when it will be available.

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