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Focus ramping: when T-stops go bad

Focus ramping: when T-stops go bad

Years ago, while assisting on a sitcom, I helped the director of photography shoot exposure tests on all of our zooms. The closeups were darker than expected, and she wanted…

Cine Gear: Cooke Anamorphic/i Full Frame Plus Standard and SF Lenses

Cine Gear: Cooke Anamorphic/i Full Frame Plus Standard and SF Lenses

Large Format. Full Frame. That super shallow depth of field. The evolution of filmmaking has been in a state of constant change which seems to speed up faster and faster…

Cine Gear 2019: Shot On Cooke. “A Motion Gallery”

Cine Gear 2019: Shot On Cooke. “A Motion Gallery”

If you are a painter and you want to learn from the Masters you have to study those who came before you. Cinema is no different. It is an art…

ShotOnCooke: a new online gallery to show how Cooke lenses are used

ShotOnCooke: a new online gallery to show how Cooke lenses are used

To better understand the characteristics of Cooke optics, nothing better than to see how they are used. The ShotOnCooke gallery provides a window into Cooke lenses and great cinematography. ShotOnCooke…

Four lenses: a visual comparison, part 2

Four lenses: a visual comparison, part 2

It’s time to name names. I’m going to tell you what lenses you’ve been looking at for the last few days, and offer my…

Sony VENICE gets High Frame Rate shooting up to 4K 120fps

Sony VENICE gets High Frame Rate shooting up to 4K 120fps

Sony’s VENICE new upgrade introduces High Frame Rate (HFR) shooting, up to 120fps at 4K 2.39:1, and 60fps at 6K 3:2, and other functionalities. The new…

Bohemian Rhapsody: Cooke Speed Panchros lenses used for the first act

Bohemian Rhapsody: Cooke Speed Panchros lenses used for the first act

To capture the idealistic energy of Freddie Mercury and his future bandmates, Tom Sigel, ASC, used mostly a 40mm lens, with a special LUT for the Alexa SXT, to achieve…

Casting the look of a camera into glass

Casting the look of a camera into glass

Recently I had the pleasure of meeting with ARRI’s senior color designer, and I asked him the question I like to ask all camera manufacturers: “Why?&#8221…

Large sensor lens coverage: taking old glass to the “breaking” point

Large sensor lens coverage: taking old glass to the “breaking” point

 Old glass and large sensors need a lot of testing. The results may surprise you. In this article I took a look at how older S35 lenses performed on a…

PNW Lens Summit, May 5th, Portland OR USA

PNW Lens Summit, May 5th, Portland OR USA

Quick note: if you’re coming to Portland OR for the PNW Lens Summit, you can get 20% off lodging at The Mark Spencer Hotel (no, not that Mark…

The large format look, continued: shallow focus and stressing old lenses

The large format look, continued: shallow focus and stressing old lenses

I’ve been getting some play time with RED’s new Weapon camera with a Monstro sensor at Videofax in San Francisco. Jim Rolin, one of Videofax’s owners and…

Current thoughts on current lenses

Current thoughts on current lenses

Near perfect lenses are easy to find these days. The problem is… I don’t want them. I want lenses with character. A while back I wrote this…

Gallery: PNW Lens Summit 2017

Gallery: PNW Lens Summit 2017

On Saturday, May 13, Koerner Camera hosted the PNW Lens Summit 2017, gathering glass from all over in one place for our viewing pleasure. Lens-test charts were pulled from…

Lenses: My Likes, Dislikes, and the Return of the Cooke Speed Panchro

Lenses: My Likes, Dislikes, and the Return of the Cooke Speed Panchro

Every lens has a feel and a purpose. Some reproduce the world perfectly, some imperfectly. They all have their place, but I have come to appreciate “imperfect” over…

Cooke Anamorphic Lenses Bring Class and Character to a Clean Digital World

Cooke Anamorphic Lenses Bring Class and Character to a Clean Digital World

I remember the first time I worked in anamorphic. I’d landed a job as “A” camera operator on a feature film’s additional photography unit…