Daniel Bichler and I created a singular lens shootout between trendy glass and well-known classic lenses, shot on our RED DSMC2 MONSTRO 8K VV digicam.

As a cinematographer these days you will have tons of of lens choices when creating your work, it’s exhausting to decide on the “proper“ one.

We have made plenty of movies on Zeiss lenses (Otus, Supreme, and many others.) over the past two years – they’re sharp, they’re clear and there’s no doubting that they’re good lenses. But after a number of initiatives we received up to now the place we needed to create extra synthetic, extra inventive work. We needed to develop into extra distinctive – and I feel, that’s what each cinematographer needs at this time.

The Agony Of Choice – Vintage/Modern Lens Shootout

So, we researched what different lens choices now we have on the market. On the one hand, there may be plenty of previous nonetheless glass, classic lenses just like the Leica R and Mamiya 645. On the opposite hand, many lens producers like Canon are additionally getting into this recreation and bringing out new lenses like the brand new Canon Sumire Primes, which have extra character than their cleaner CN-E primes.

When we discovered concerning the actually low cost Mamiya 645 lenses, we thought of this and mentioned, “How cool wouldn’t it be to adapt medium format lenses to our RED Monstro 8K VV with a Speedbooster?“

Immediately a buddy of ours, Billy Gropper, informed us he had these lenses at house, however he had by no means tried them out. So, we ordered a Kipon Speedbooster for our RED Monstro, created a small WhatsApp-Group and received actually enthusiastic about capturing on medium format lenses.

As we had been planning our check we one way or the other received involved with much more buddies and DP’s who had fascinating lenses themselves or at the very least expertise with some uncommon glass.

This is how our lens check received greater and much more fascinating. We had numerous DP’s and buddies becoming a member of us, for instance, David Kellermann and Viola Evang with their all-new Full Frame GLASWERK One Anamorphic Prototypes.

The Agony Of Choice – Vintage/Modern Lens Shootout

About per week earlier than the check now we have heard concerning the new Canon Sumire Primes, so we received involved with Canon Germany. We had just a few days left, however they had been nonetheless capable of ship us a set of their brand-new Primes.

The Agony Of Choice – Vintage/Modern Lens Shootout

Finally, it was check day. We constructed a small set in our workplace to offer a relentless lighting situation for every lens. With a gaggle of round 12 individuals, we began to shoot this check. We began very early within the morning and ended up ending round midnight.

  • The Agony Of Choice – Vintage/Modern Lens Shootout
  • The Agony Of Choice – Vintage/Modern Lens Shootout
  • The Agony Of Choice – Vintage/Modern Lens Shootout
  • The Agony Of Choice – Vintage/Modern Lens Shootout

Tested Lenses

  • TOKINA CINEMA VISTA
  • CANON SUMIRE PRIME
  • GLASWERK ONE Prototype
  • GLASWERK ONE + Prototype
  • LOMO SQUARE FRONT
  • P+S EVOLUTION
  • CLAVIUS LENSES (With 2X Oval Insert)
  • CLAVIUS LENSES
  • LEICA R
  • ZEISS OTUS
  • MAMIYA SEKOR C 645
  • CANON FD
  • NIKON AIS
  • SCHNEIDER XENON FF-PRIMES
  • ARRI ZEISS STANDARD SPEED
  • KOWA 16H
  • SIGMA FF
  • The Agony Of Choice – Vintage/Modern Lens Shootout
  • The Agony Of Choice – Vintage/Modern Lens Shootout

It was actually fascinating to see how all of the lenses carried out. The lenses traits had been typically fairly related, typically distinctive and typically fully completely different.

As we examined the older classic glass, it was much more fascinating to see how they cowl the full-frame sensor.

We had been actually shocked by how good the previous Leica R glass performs in comparison with the opposite lenses. The Mamiya’s do even have their very own distinctive feel and appear to them.

From the extra trendy lenses we actually favored the Tokina Vista Primes, but additionally discovered the Schneider Kreuznach Xenon FF Primes fascinating. The Xenon lenses had a extremely particular rainbow-flare, which no different lens had.

In conclusion, we might say it was a tremendous expertise to get this lens check finished. It was additionally very fascinating to see how some classic lenses examine to newer trendy glass.

More than something, this check undoubtedly makes it simpler for us to decide on the appropriate lens for our upcoming initiatives. And finally that’s why we needed to share this check with as many individuals as attainable.