Seven Sets of Prime Lenses Go Head-to-Head: The Answer Key Revealed

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:

Video 1 Answer Key:
01- Cooke
02- Illumina
03- Leica
04- Red
05- Schneider
06- Unique
07- Zeiss

Video 2 Answer Key:
08- Schneider
09- Unique
10- Zeiss
11- Cooke
12- Red
13- Leica
14- Illumina

Video 3 Answer Key:
15- Zeiss
16- Unique
17- Schneider
18- Red
19- Leica
20- Illumina
21- Cooke

Check out Ryan E. Walters' full blog post below, with in-depth analysis and downloadable .R3D files. If you're in the market for a set of PL-mount prime lenses in this price range, this is an incredibly helpful set of tests. Thanks to everyone who put it together!

Link: Portland Lens Test 2011 - Ryan E. Walters

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Great test! Just wanted to point out that the Leica R set isn't 20k, that's only if you get the duclos cine mod/lowest aperture versions. Below is my Leica R set and how much I paid on ebay or at a used camera store-

35mm 2.8- $700
50mm 2.0- $300 (pretty lucky here)
90mm 2.8- $350
135mm 2.8- $300

Totals up to $1,650... not bad for a set that can play with the big boys of Cooke/Zeiss/etc etc, I would say the Leica R set is the biggest bang for your buck and and a great starter set with the Scarlet, F3, C300, Af-100, etc etc

December 23, 2011 at 11:40AM, Edited September 4, 7:54AM



also, Shane Hurlbut published another nice lens shootout today

December 23, 2011 at 6:19PM, Edited September 4, 7:54AM


Nice lens comparison there... just had my main Leicas de-clicked, you can see it in action below-

December 24, 2011 at 10:20AM, Edited September 4, 7:54AM


Great test! This is very useful information that would be hard to come by without working at a rental house or actually renting them all.

December 23, 2011 at 12:13PM, Edited September 4, 7:54AM


This is making me want to go shopping!

December 29, 2011 at 8:37PM, Edited September 4, 7:54AM


Those Leicas do breath quite a bit, tho. You can see the edges of the frame shift quite noticeably at the edges when they pull focus. You can find more examples on YouTube, including this one.

April 23, 2012 at 11:40AM, Edited September 4, 7:54AM