The Most Popular Cinema Lenses

In this video I’ll introduce you to a few of the most popular cinema prime lenses which are currently used on professional sets.

I’ll break down each lens set on two criteria, their ergonomics, how easy they are to practically work with, and their look. The two most important considerations (if you ignore rental price) when it comes to choosing which lens is right for the job.

In the second part of this video I’ll introduce you to a few more of the most popular cinema prime lenses which are currently used on professional sets.

I’ll break down each lens set on two criteria, their ergonomics, how easy they are to practically work with, and their look. The two most important considerations (if you ignore rental price) when it comes to choosing which lens is right for the job.

Like in previous editions, in this video I’ll cover a few more popular industry cinema lenses which are used to shoot feature films and commercials.

In the fourth part of this series I’ll look at the Panavision G-Series anamorphics, Tokina Vistas, Atlas Orions and the Canon S16 8-64mm zoom lens.

What Every Photographer Should Know About Lenses

Have you ever tried to learn about lenses, only to be overwhelmed by choice and technical information? Whether you’re a first-time photographer or a seasoned professional, it can be a daunting task. If you’ve ever wondered how lenses work, what makes a good or bad lens, and how to pick the one that’s right for the kinds of photos you want to take, this is the course for you.

Dave Bode will take you on a comprehensive journey through the world of lenses, from common terms and acronyms through to field-of-view, lens coatings, the difference between full and non-full frame lenses, focus systems, and more. This course covers practical know-how including focal length, aperture, image stabilization and more, to help you choose the right lens for every situation.

Panasonic Lumix G X Vario II 12-35MM

Panasonic Lumix 12-35mm F2.8
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Olympus 12-40 F2.8
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An outtake of our digital gore project I shot for my Class 27.
Shot on my Pocket 4k and using the Pansonic Lumix 12-35mm F.2 lens.

Researching on what lens to buy can be daunting. Especially when you have never used a micro four-thirds system before. The main problem is compatibility. Micro four-thirds lenses are cheaper but those same lenses won’t mount anywhere else.

If you own Canon, Nikon, or Sigma lens, there are adaptors and speed boosters out there that will adapt those lenses to your micro four-thirds cameras. But not the other way around, as the small form factor has its optical limitations.

Since this is my first foray into cinema-style filmmaking, I just wanted a simple no-fuss lens to shoot videos. After reading blogs, and watching a bunch of YouTube reviews, I went with the Panasonic LUMIX G X Vario II Professional Lens, 12-35mm. Which is in fact 24-70mm because of the pocket’s crop factor.

It is a pretty good focal range. I did however have two situations recently I wished I had a wider lens like 18mm and a telephoto lens like a 65mm or 85mm.

I have 20 lenses on my shortlist and have been quietly saving my money to get some of these. I am always going back and forth with the lenses I want to get. I do like parfocal zoom lenses the most since they allow you to change focal lengths on the fly. The ones I really want are from Fujinon and a set of those will set you back at least $13000 here in Canada.

Overall, the Panasonic LUMIX 12-35mm is a good all-round starter lens. There is a drawback though. It could be a major one for some of you out there. For me, it’s not a big deal as I don’t like rack focus shots in general. When you are pulling focus on this lens, you cannot get to the same distance if you pull at different speeds. For example, if you go from infinity to 3ft, slowly, and then try to go from infinity to 3ft quickly, you won’t get the same focus distance.

If you have a pocket 4k and just need a lens, you can’t go wrong with this lens, and you might want to check out the Olympus 12-40 F2.8 as an alternative.

Price – $1048.85 ( May 21, 2019 )

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