February 16, 2017 at 4:12PM


Opinions on switching up lens kit?

I use the blackmagic pocket cinema camera and I make experimental horror films. I have been shooting on an old Schneider Kreuznach Cinegon 11.5mm T1.9 super 16 cinema lens. It's gorgeous. However, you see a little bit of the lens barrel in every shot. It doesn't seem to matter for film festivals that have screened my work.

I also have been experimenting with old zooms. I recently acquired an old angenieux 12-120mm super 16mm lens that I want to mess around with.

I like how these lenses look, their sturdy build, and how they are made specifically for cinema purposes. However, as I move out of school and into the real world, I'm realizing I should make some fuggin money, and most clients don't want to see lens barrel in their shots, and they don't necessarily want their work to look like a 70's Giallo horror film.

Should I sell off these lenses on Ebay and update my lens kit? I'm thinking I'd switch to a set of primes like the panasonic lumix 14mm 2.5, the panasonic lumix 20mm 1.7, and the olympus 45mm 1.8.

And maybe a little down the line I'll spring for the panasonic 12-35mm zoom?

These are much more functional lenses. They do lack the "character" I like to see when making my own films.

Any advice?

As an example of my "look" Here's a sloppy trailer for a new short I shot a couple weeks ago. You'll notice I need to do some ADR: https://vimeo.com/202125044


Keep the things that make you, you. If you know how to work these great vintage lenses, don't sell them. OTOH, if you are going into the commercial world, remember that it's creativity first, not necessarily kit. Sell people on a vision of using just one lens (the one you happen to have) and only expand that when necessary. The Lumix 20mm f1.7 is a great place to start. Don't overbuy!

February 16, 2017 at 6:11PM


The look of the lens is pretty nice. I wouldn't sell the lenses. If you sell them you will get some money but the lenses are gone for once and all and you won't get them back and they're not made anymore so it would be difficult to find other ones.

If you really want some new glass for your camera I would recommend saving some money and buy some Veydra primes. They are made for cine purposes and MFT mount. There are 12, 25, 35, 50 & 85mm. And they have a very clean look at about $1.200 each. The Lumix lenses are also very high quality and at nearly the same price as the Veydra but they have some features you won't need but still have to buy like AF motors and stabilizers. And they don't have cine gear like the Veydra have.

February 18, 2017 at 7:29AM

Eric Halbherr
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