January 22, 2016 at 8:57PM


Where to Start with Cine Lenses

Cine lenses are very overwhelming. Where do I start for some digital cine lenses? What kind of mount should I get for the futrue, or what is the most common type of mount? I am wanting to do some landscape cinematography and right now I have a Nikon D7000, but I want to think for the future. Anything will help.


You could start by reading the answers given in these posts

1: http://nofilmschool.com/boards/questions/lenses-landscape-cinematography
2: http://nofilmschool.com/boards/questions/what-cine-lenses-are-must-bmpcc

TL;DR: cinematography and photography are two related, but very distinctive art forms. Technology enables one to use the same basic tools (lenses and cameras), but the art requires them to be used very differently. Rather than surveying the market for the best cross-over technology, find and study landscape cinematography that you really like and that you think you'd like to make. That will tell you what tools you really need.

January 23, 2016 at 2:15AM


Ive been liking my nikkor non ais primes alot. Its cine-cheap but the image is quite nice. Manual apertures, you can easily declick and youre not putting a ridiculous price lens in harms way.

I have alot of love for L series glass as a step up. But the price difference to image quality ratio for my personal projects just didnt add up to the investment.

January 24, 2016 at 5:03PM

Chris Hackett
Director, Director of Photography, Writer

I've heard very good thing about the rokinon lenses and they are affordable an they have a nice range of wild lenses.

January 26, 2016 at 12:32AM


I've got the 16mm, 35mm and 50mm.
Love them all.

Alex Vucasovich

January 28, 2016 at 9:15AM

Landscape is a very detail-oriented subject. It wouldn't hurt to shoot in 4K for that reason (something I rarely recommend). I know you're not looking for a camera right now, but whatever camera you decide to step up to next will influence what lens mounts you want to have. For instance, if you were interested in the GH4, then I might recommend Vedra lenses.

Nikon is a difficult camera to adapt lenses to because it has such a big flange depth.

January 26, 2016 at 11:23AM

Kenneth Merrill

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