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The ARRI ZEISS Standard Speed MKII primes are industry favorites for over 45 years. Compact, lightweight, and sharp with excellent contrast, these lenses are fast at T2.1. The Macro variants are highly regarded and frequently used on major commercials. Roger Deakins praises these lenses for their performance. Ideal for close-ups and low light conditions, they deliver reliable, high-quality images.


The ARRI ZEISS Standard Speed MKII primes have been industry stalwarts for over 45 years and remain highly regarded today. They are small, lightweight, and sharp (though not overly sharp compared to modern lenses), with excellent contrast. These lenses are also fast, with a maximum aperture of T2.1.

The Macro variants of the Arriflex Standard Speed MKII primes are exceptional, frequently used on major commercials. These lenses are praised for their performance and reliability.

Roger Deakins, a renowned cinematographer, shares his appreciation for these lenses on his forum, stating: “I often shoot with standard 2.1 Zeiss lenses wide open. You need to watch for those annoying flares off a highlight or a point source but they are otherwise excellent lenses.”

Key Features:

  • Compact and Lightweight: Easy to handle and perfect for various shooting conditions.
  • High Contrast: Delivers images with excellent color and depth.
  • Fast T2.1 Aperture: Suitable for low light conditions and achieving shallow depth of field.
  • Macro Capability: Ideal for close-up shots, providing detailed and vibrant images.
  • Close Focus: 7″
  • Weight: 1.98 lbs
  • Front Diameter: 80mm
  • Lens Mount: PL
  • Length: 3″

These lenses are perfect for cinematographers looking for reliable, high-quality performance. The ARRI ZEISS Standard Speed MKII primes, especially the Macro variants, continue to be a favorite choice for professional productions.


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