» Posts Tagged ‘primes’

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cp2Last year, Zeiss announced that they were updating their line of CP.2 compact prime lenses, and not long after that they rolled out 35mm, 50mm, and 85mm T/1.5 super speeds. Zeiss is known for making exceptional lenses that won’t completely break the bank (compared to similar quality lenses,) so they’re ideal for independent filmmakers. If you’re in the market for fast, adaptable, great quality lenses, but aren’t exactly sold on which to buy, Zeiss aggregated a bunch of sample videos today comparing their CP.2 Compact Primes and Cine Zooms Lenses. Take a look and judge for yourself. More »

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The professional/semi-professional lens market is getting very competitive very quickly — which is great for filmmakers who are now using cameras that are much sharper than DSLRs, and need lenses that can match that resolution, and also provide smooth iris and focus. Schneider has been making PL mount lenses for some time, but they’ve now decided to introduce a full-frame cinema lineup with interchangeable mounts to go head-to-head against similarly priced lenses from Canon and Zeiss. Check out the FreshDV video below with Ryan Avery from Schneider: More »

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Various lens manufacturers are finally responding to the need for cinema-quality glass at an affordable price and in multiple lens mounts. Schneider already makes some Super 35mm primes, the Cine-Xenars, but they are coming out with a completely new product line called the Xenon FF Primes. As the name would suggest, these T2.1 lenses will cover a 36mm x 24mm full frame sensor — that’s right 5D users, that’s you, but that also means that a S35 sensor would be utilizing the sweet spot of each lens. Get the skinny after the jump.

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Zeiss has officially updated it’s CP.2 line of lenses, adding a cinema version of it’s newly announced 15mm ZF and ZE still primes, as well as a very fast 135mm telephoto lens. Both lenses are incredible pieces of craftsmanship for the amount of money you’re paying, and as always with the CP.2 lenses, they have interchangeable mounts which include PL, EF, F, MFT and E. Speaking of Swiss Army Knife lenses, if you can afford it, these are really the most compatible lenses out there, and the custom back mounts will do a much better job giving a solid hold than an adapter. More »

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Need a new lens to go along with that new camera? Canon just announced three new full frame lenses: the EF 24-70mm f/2.8L II USM, and updated Image Stabilized primes: the EF 24mm f/2.8 IS USM and EF 28mm f/2.8 IS USM. What’s significant about version II of the 24-70mm? Let’s take a look at some MTF chart comparisons and see if we can find out: More »

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Last week I shared a “blind” shootout between seven sets of prime lenses. Viewers of the extensive test were instructed to pick their favorites and wait for the answer key to find out which lens was which. Now the answers are live with the videos, and downloadable .R3D files (it was shot on a RED EPIC) are also available: More »