February 23, 2017

This Video Hilariously Reveals the Differences Between Photo and Cinema Lenses

For all the DPs who have ever had to pull a rabbit out of their camera for a demanding director, this video's for you.

If the plethora of Pinterest photography fails have taught us anything, it's that people severely overestimated the capabilities of camera equipment all the time, and for filmmakers, this can become a major issue when a client or director asks for something that you simply can't do with the gear you have. In this video from The Camera Store TV, which is half hilarious, half informative, we get to witness just how frustrating these kinds of situations are through an exchange between a director and a DP about the vastly different capabilities of photo and cinema lenses. 

Even though this video is definitely worth a good laugh, and is also a bit of an advertisement for the Fujinon MK 18-55 T2.9 lens, it also provides a lot of great insight into the differences between photo and cinema lenses, other than the vast price disparity. Director Chris Niccolls and DP Jordan Drake note the many advantages to using cinema lenses when it comes to focus, focal length, and exposure, including how they minimize focal breathing, their parfocal capabilities, and the use of T-stops instead of F-stops.

If anything, this video provides a good explanation as to why cinema lenses are so damn expensive—and does so in hilarious fashion.      

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Looks like they lost most of the volume towards the end of the video.

February 24, 2017 at 12:24AM

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Sound guy: fired :)
just joking everybody f...s up sometimes

February 24, 2017 at 6:54AM

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Vladimir Miketa
Cinematographer & Editor
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Someone wasn't listening or fell asleep=)

February 24, 2017 at 8:24AM

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Josh.R
Motion Designer/Predator
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Closed captioning: rumble, rumble...something something...rumble...something...

February 24, 2017 at 12:43PM

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This is a great video to show the practical needs for all of the special qualities of a cinema zoom vs a still zoom. Kudos!

It also accidentally shows the need for monitoring audio during the shoot and high quality scratch audio. A good on camera shotgun would have saved the interview.

February 24, 2017 at 3:14PM

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They really should have just re-shot the part with the bad sound. Why put it out like this? They are talented guys so it is kind of surprising. I would never have released it that way. But, I do really enjoy their work which is usually excellent.

February 24, 2017 at 9:51PM

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that's true... Don't understand why not reshoot... Just don't uploaded like this...

August 27, 2017 at 1:35AM

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Filipe Santos
Director
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Yeah, I was surprised they put it out as is. At the end of the day, it's just them talking. They could have easily just reshot it or even dubbed over some B-Roll. Yes, it's a nice lens and, If I could afford pro glass I'd use it but until then it's, business as usual.

August 29, 2017 at 2:15PM

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John Stockton
Film maker, Editor, Photographer.
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Nice :)

February 26, 2017 at 9:58AM, Edited February 26, 9:58AM

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Carey Mulligan
Actress
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Hire a sound man!

August 27, 2017 at 12:40AM

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Ronn Hague
Film Production instructor
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These lenses are stellar... just got the set myself. Will never use a dslr lens on the FS7 again.

August 27, 2017 at 3:14AM

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Torben Greve
Cinematographer
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A really good video to watch.
Thanks.

August 27, 2017 at 4:47AM, Edited August 27, 4:47AM

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Sameir Ali
Director of Photography
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this video is stupid, them trying to be funny is annoying.

August 27, 2017 at 5:11AM

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This is what happens when you spend your sound budget on a cinema zoom lens.

August 27, 2017 at 10:25AM

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I just wasted seven minutes of my life on this terrible video.

August 27, 2017 at 12:26PM

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Lee Albright
Owner-Albright Films
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