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Zeiss Supreme Prime Radiance Lenses Announced

Zeiss Supreme Prime Radiance Lenses Announced

ZEISS Supreme Prime Radiance ZEISS Supreme Prime Radiance (SPR) lenses are a new set of 7 lenses that artistically emphasize ghosting (flares) and are consistent across the entire set. They…

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…

Quick Look: Signature Primes

Quick Look: Signature Primes

ARRI is now shipping Signature Primes, lenses “designed to render organic, emotionally engaging images, gently softening and texturizing the large format with natural skin tones and creamy bokeh.” Signatures Primes…

Quick look: IBE Optics SmartfinderPro

Quick look: IBE Optics SmartfinderPro

​I have been able to shoot with an incredibly wide range of cameras and optics during my career, but lately with all of the sensor sizes and lens options available…

Quick Look: Three Canon Sumire Primes

Quick Look: Three Canon Sumire Primes

Canon announced the Sumire Prime lenses in April: seven full-frame cinema primes designed to add “a unique artistically pleasing look with gentle and beautiful skin tones and smooth bokeh…

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…