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#1 Sing Howe Yam

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Posted 11 July 2010 - 08:20 PM

So I'm prepping for a feature and I'm looking at shooting on the variable primes on the RED MX. I haven't found too much info about other DP's shooting with these lenses. I was wondering if anyone could drop me some insight on these lenses and personal experiences with them. Be very helpful if any of the experiences were with these lenses on the RED.

Things I'm wondering about is vignetting, ramping, how they handle flares and so on. I know these are things I can do in testing, just wanted some insight about them. I read the article on CML that Bill Bennett posted. Just wasn't sure they performed well or not since there isn't much out there about them. I heard that Pan's Labyrinth was shot on these lenses, if so I guess that is a statement about them considering it won the oscar that year for cinematography.

Any stills or frame grabs from footage shot with these would be awesome!

Thanks!
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#2 Tom Jensen

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Posted 11 July 2010 - 09:37 PM

They are so heavy, they need their own truck. There is a special crane to mount them. They are a bitch to rebuild. Get a set of primes and a zoom. I'm guessing you can't because of budget. Good luck!
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#3 Richard Vialet

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Posted 11 July 2010 - 11:09 PM

Doesn't Michael Ballhaus use them a lot? I thought I'd read that somewhere...I think much of The Departed was shot on them, intercut with the Master Primes.

I'd love to hear your experiences if you end up shooting with them.

Edited by Richard Vialet, 11 July 2010 - 11:12 PM.

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#4 Saul Rodgar

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Posted 12 July 2010 - 02:04 AM

Some cinematographers seem to love the Arri VPs. I find the concept interesting.
Dunno if you saw this or not: http://www.northernl...com/vprime.html

Edited by Saul Rodgar, 12 July 2010 - 02:09 AM.

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#5 Saul Rodgar

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Posted 12 July 2010 - 02:17 AM

Angenieux has two sets of Optimo zooms (and Digital versions too). They are nice, but the 25-250 is a beast, or course. If I had to shoot a movie using only one lens (for budget, mobility reasons, etc) on a larger format camera (35mm, Red One, etc), I would probably go for the 17-80 mm T2.2 Optimo.

http://www.angenieux...index.php?rub=1

Edited by Saul Rodgar, 12 July 2010 - 02:17 AM.

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#6 David Bowsky

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Posted 12 July 2010 - 01:10 PM

At the risk of sounding like the newbie I truly am, I've never heard of these before. Are there more films where folks know they were used? I'd love to see what they look like.
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