Jump to content


Photo

Why do people pick different lenses?

Sony Canon Zeiss Cooke Leica Sigma Panavision Arri Rokinon

  • Please log in to reply
3 replies to this topic

#1 Gerald King

Gerald King
  • Basic Members
  • PipPip
  • 12 posts
  • Cinematographer
  • Brooklyn, NY

Posted 15 April 2018 - 08:55 PM

Is it mostly based of preference? The one's I know by name are Canon, Sony, Zeiss, Cooke's, Leica's, Sigma's, Panavision, Arri and Rokinon. 

 

I like the Zeiss super speeds because the smoothness of the gears whenever on I'm on a follow-focus rig. Also the sigma's quality I really love. Rokinon's are pretty decent for their price when you need to get something like a knock-off zeiss, I've heard people say. I own two Roks, really are impressed with them. 

 

So all in all, does it comes down to preference/price? or are there more factors? 


  • 0

#2 Macks Fiiod

Macks Fiiod
  • Basic Members
  • PipPipPipPip
  • 1311 posts
  • Director
  • Og from DC, Now in NJ

Posted 15 April 2018 - 09:08 PM

Some but not all of the factors include:

-physical workflow/weight

-speed statistics

-sharpness

-how the glass renders shapes/avoids distortion

-how the glass flares

-how the glass renders color/contrast

-bokeh quality

 

Watch Shane Hurlbut visualize and verbalize glass differences


Edited by Macks Fiiod, 15 April 2018 - 09:08 PM.

  • 1

#3 Gerald King

Gerald King
  • Basic Members
  • PipPip
  • 12 posts
  • Cinematographer
  • Brooklyn, NY

Posted 16 April 2018 - 06:35 PM

Some but not all of the factors include:

-physical workflow/weight

-speed statistics

-sharpness

-how the glass renders shapes/avoids distortion

-how the glass flares

-how the glass renders color/contrast

-bokeh quality

 

Watch Shane Hurlbut visualize and verbalize glass differences

Wow, I didn't know lenses were capable of different types of color/contrast I thought that was mostly based on the camera's, interesting. Time to study this. 


  • 0

#4 Adam Frisch FSF

Adam Frisch FSF
  • Sustaining Members
  • 2021 posts
  • Cinematographer
  • Los Angeles, USA

Posted 17 April 2018 - 07:02 PM

I pick based on lots of factors.

 

1. Is it supposed to be an Movi-rigg or flown by a drone? Or handhel all day? Then lightweight lenses like the Zeiss T2.0's High Speeds are a good choice.

 

2. They want a high tech, crisp look? Master Primes.

 

3. They want a shallow DoF look with it being organic and not too crips? Leica or Cooke S5's.

 

4. You come to a smaller market with less equipped rental houses? They'll always have a set of Cooke S4's.

 

5. Director wants a vintage look? Or flares? Then you can get the old Kinoptik's, Panchro's and Xenon's out.

 

Every job has its own needs.


  • 0



Also tagged with one or more of these keywords: Sony, Canon, Zeiss, Cooke, Leica, Sigma, Panavision, Arri, Rokinon

Broadcast Solutions Inc

FJS International, LLC

Willys Widgets

Glidecam

CineLab

The Slider

Abel Cine

Media Blackout - Custom Cables and AKS

rebotnix Technologies

Rig Wheels Passport

Tai Audio

Visual Products

Metropolis Post

Aerial Filmworks

Technodolly

CineTape

Gamma Ray Digital Inc

Paralinx LLC

Wooden Camera

Ritter Battery

Paralinx LLC

FJS International, LLC

Willys Widgets

The Slider

Tai Audio

Media Blackout - Custom Cables and AKS

Glidecam

CineTape

Technodolly

Rig Wheels Passport

Wooden Camera

CineLab

Aerial Filmworks

Ritter Battery

Broadcast Solutions Inc

Visual Products

Abel Cine

Gamma Ray Digital Inc

rebotnix Technologies

Metropolis Post