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#1 Carlos Nio

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Posted 07 March 2013 - 06:25 AM

Hi everyone,

 

I was wondering if some one could tell me which are the most oftenly used lenses in cinema. I mean the ones absolutely everybody carries with them when filming (film or digital)

 

Thanks in advance,

 

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#2 Freya Black

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Posted 07 March 2013 - 02:36 PM

Do you mean focal lengths or makes?

 

Presently Cooke and Zeiss are the main two makes of lenses on most things. Sometimes Angeniuex zooms too.

 

In the past there were other popular lenses tho. The Godfather was shot on Super Baltar Prime Lenses for example.

 

Theres Anamorphic lenses too which is different again.

 

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#3 Adrian Sierkowski

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Posted 07 March 2013 - 08:58 PM

Brands? Cooke, Zeiss, and Panavision. Lines? S4s (S5s) from Cooke, Ultra and Master Primes form Zeiss, and Primos from Panavision I'd say. Zooms are almost always Angeniuex I'd say. Focal Length hmm... depends and varies so much; but I'd say almost everyone will carry something in the 30mm range (32mm, 35mm) and use them a lot, but this depends on so many other factors.

Also this is all talking 35mm or equivalent size. for S16mm it changes a lot with really primarily Zeiss glass I'd say wager. For vDSLR, that's probably all Canon's pond. A lot of Red shoots too, on the low end will use the Red glass.


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#4 Carlos Nio

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Posted 08 March 2013 - 02:43 AM

I was talking more about focals than makes, but I guess both of you answered my question.


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#5 James Steven Beverly

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Posted 08 March 2013 - 02:47 AM

35mm, 50mm and 75mm for 35mm film or sensors.


Edited by James Steven Beverly, 08 March 2013 - 02:50 AM.

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#6 Haris Mlivic

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Posted 13 March 2013 - 02:59 PM

I agree, either 32mm or 35mm is almost always around in some form or another. Also a 50mm since it's manufactured by pretty much all the brands.

Actually can't think of any brand/line that doesn't have a 50mm, anyone? They all differ in 24/25, 27/28, 32/35, but theres always a 50mm it seems to me.

 

Roger Deakins got asked what lens he would pick if he only got to pick one, he said 32mm. 

Here's the link:

http://www.rogerdeak....php?f=7&t=1281


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#7 Stuart Brereton

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Posted 13 March 2013 - 06:59 PM

My typical prime lens set is 18mm, 25mm, 35mm, 50mm, 85mm, 100mm. Budget allowing I also add a 40mm, 65mm & 135mm. Out of those lenses the 25, 35, 50 & 85 get used the most, particularly the 35mm & 85mm.

 

I agree about the 32/35mm. It's the most versatile all round.


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#8 Robert Starling SOC

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Posted 13 July 2013 - 10:41 AM

I just bought a set of Zeiss Ultra Primes.  During my research I polled 25 DP friends from around the US including five ASC members. Everyone on the list has notable credits in their specialty. Across the board it represents cinematographers with feature, commercial and episodic specialties. While not scientific it would be fair to say they represent at least 300+ years of combined experience.

 

The poll was simple:

 

Considering the range of Ultra Primes only, what six focal lengths would you select for a starter set?

 

The range to chose from is 8,10,12,14,16,20,24,28,32,40,50,65,85,100,135,180- all T1.9 from 14mm up

What six do you think would be the most versatile and rentable?

 

* Some DPs responded with more than six choices or offered two set options. Several as well added notes that they use compact zooms more often now as well. I tried to include all choices but no one person got to vote twice for the same focal length even if they provided two set options. *

 

Here are the results sorted by number of votes most popular to least popular:

 

50mm - 23 votes

24mm - 21 votes

32mm - 21 votes

85mm - 22 votes

16mm - 17 votes

135mm - 15 votes

20mm - 11 votes

14mm - 10 votes

100mm - 10 votes

12mm - 7 votes

40mm - 7 votes *

28mm - 7 votes

65mm - 4 votes

10mm - 3 votes

180mm - 3 votes

8mm - 2 votes

 

* While the 40mm did not receive a large number of votes, four of the seven DPs made very specific comments that this was a "must have" lens for them.  This was the only lens that received special comments.

 

It was very tempting to add one or two more lenses to the set but we'll have to add those as we go along.

 

My set of six is reflective of the poll:  16mm, 24, 32, 50, 85, 135

 

Again, this was not a scientific poll just a representation of all the specialties from all the geographic regions of the US.

 

Robert Starling, SOC


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