September 30, 2016

This Infographic Shows the Cameras and Lenses Used by Best Cinematography Oscar Winners

Christopher Nolan must really like lenses.

We've long been in the tradition of listing the cameras used by Best Picture winners. Now, camera accessory retailer Zacuto has created a comprehensive infographic looking at both the cameras and myriad lenses used by seven of the Best Cinematography Academy Award winners from the last 25 years: The Revenant, Inception, Memoirs of a Geisha, Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon, Braveheart, Dances with Wolves, and Out of Africa

In addition to interesting pieces of trivia from each set (the Crouching Tiger production had no days off?!), the infographic reveals a marked preference for Panavision lenses—specifically the C and E series—and a relatively split preference for Panavision and Arri cameras (8 and 5 instances of use, respectively).

The most recent Best Cinematography winner, The Revenant, is the only production listed on this infographic that shot digitally—though it certainly will not be the last. 

Credit: Zacuto

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Why so confuse? Worst infografic I've ever seen.

By the way, www.shotonwhat.com has a ton more info (and is way easier to use).

September 30, 2016 at 8:09PM

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Apart from the fact that this is a terrible info graphic (legible information wise), there's already a huge mistake in the first listing - The Revenant. As far as I recall only 14-17% of the footage was shot on the Alexa 65, most was shot on an Alexa XT M and XT, there was even a Red Dragon in use, supposedly for the aerial shots.

I don't know what's the point in making this graphic if the information is incomplete.
It also leaves the impression that most things are shot on these cameras when in reality 90% is Alexa now. Of course there's film, but it's a small minority of movies.

September 30, 2016 at 10:15PM

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Gosh, that is one impenetrably presented block of information, inaccurately sampled from a very limited and weirdly curated data set, with close to no practical value for working cinematographers today. Nice.

September 30, 2016 at 11:12PM

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value is what you make of it, like the chap who traded one paper clip to a house.

November 6, 2016 at 9:59AM

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This absolutely doesn't qualify as an infographic (google the definition, if you need), just a bunch of very poorly arranged text and lines with some pictographs. If Zacuto actually paid anything to the "designer" - they've been robbed. Any proper design agency would never accept the maker of this even for an interview, let alone hire. I wish I could comment on the content, but I really wasn't able to make anything of it.

October 1, 2016 at 5:32AM

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Gleb Volkov
Director of Photography
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October 1, 2016 at 6:16AM

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Not suitable for the colorblind.

October 1, 2016 at 7:03AM, Edited October 1, 7:03AM

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Horrible infographic.

If you want to know, which stuff have been used for a specific film,
skip over to http://www.imdb.com.

Type in the movie title, click on "MORE" in the top nav and
under "Details", select "Technical Specs".

October 1, 2016 at 11:39AM, Edited October 1, 11:40AM

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JeffreyWalther
Steadicam Operator/Owner
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haha there is NO way I'm tracing all of those lines. That's like a parody of an infographic.

October 1, 2016 at 1:06PM

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Daniel King
Videographer, Editor
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So many Lines, I appreciate the time and effort but if you could simplify this it would be greatly appreciated!

October 1, 2016 at 7:44PM

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Wentworth Kelly
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Probably the worst "infographic" ever seen. A nightmare.

October 2, 2016 at 7:01AM

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Eusebio Abbondanza
Director
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LOL. I started to look at it, and then I gave up.

November 6, 2016 at 7:45PM, Edited November 6, 7:45PM

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Dantly Wyatt
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So if I'm trying to get Out Of Africa and over to Beaumount Vistavision Camera, do I transfer to the blue line train at Inception?

November 7, 2016 at 2:47PM

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Kevin James Barry
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