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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…

Four lenses: a visual comparison, part 1

Four lenses: a visual comparison, part 1

We live in an age of lens choice. Because of this, we also live in an age of lens tests. Done properly, such tests are hugely valuable. The best way…

NAB Preview: Fujifilm Premista FF zooms

NAB Preview: Fujifilm Premista FF zooms

The night before the NAB show opened, Fujifilm previewed their new Premista full-frame cine zooms (they were first shown off at the ASC Clubhouse a few days ago). The…

Three lenses: a look at bokeh, depth of field and geometry

Three lenses: a look at bokeh, depth of field and geometry

Some people take time off during the holidays. I borrow a half million dollars worth of camera and lenses and shoot whatever comes to mind. It’s a sickness…

Lens dynamic range: coatings, contrast and color

Lens dynamic range: coatings, contrast and color

There was a time in the distant past when I thought of lenses as transparent glass. Film and digital sensors have dynamic range, but lenses are merely optics. Right? Wrong…

Quick Look: Tokina Cinema Vista 50mm T1.5

Quick Look: Tokina Cinema Vista 50mm T1.5

Cinema Vistas are Tokina’s line of no-compromise, full-frame cine lenses. Five T1.5 primes from 18mm to 85mm are currently available with a 105mm on the way…

Lens coverage, sensor size, and pushing the limits

Lens coverage, sensor size, and pushing the limits

Sensors and lenses don’t always get along. In the HDR and UHD world, it’s important to test, test, test. Recently I shot a diffraction test meant…

olloclip: new lenses for smartphone videographers now start at $19.99

olloclip: new lenses for smartphone videographers now start at $19.99

Enthusiast smartphone videographers and photographers have now more choices in terms of lenses to change the field of view on their smartphones, as olloclip introduces the new Pro and Intro…

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…

Speed lighting: more lessons from the ARRI Academy

Speed lighting: more lessons from the ARRI Academy

The ARRI Academy isn’t only about learning how cameras work. We also teach how to use them. I’ve never seen a class as motivated as the…

Tony Dae clarifies Blackmagic “Pocket” 4K camera crop

Tony Dae clarifies Blackmagic “Pocket” 4K camera crop

Many video producers are strongly considering the new Blackmagic “Pocket” Cinema 4K camcorder, which I have covered in past articles. Many of them are trying to pick lenses for it…

Free Events in May

Free Events in May

May is a good month if you’re looking for an excuse to examine gear up close and personal, get some free training, and meet up with other industry…

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…

Quick Look: Metabones CINE mount adapters

Quick Look: Metabones CINE mount adapters

One of the pleasures of mirrorless, short-flange-depth cameras is the freedom to use a wide variety of lenses via adapters. Metabones is the granddaddy of adapter companies, renowned…