Celere HS – New Affordable PL Lenses with Unified Weight

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Celere is a new lens company based in Germany that specializes in high quality affordable PL lenses with unified weight and size. Today they are launching their first set of primes, the Celere HS 25mm T/1.5 & Celere HS 36mm T/1.5.

steven-kisilivich-celere-lenses-In development for 3 years, here come the first two lenses made by Celere and 2 more will follow later this year.

What is extraordinary about the Celere Cinema Primes is that they all have the same weight and size. According to Celere inventor and filmmaker Steven Kisilevich (left), they are the first of their kind in the world.

If you are involved in professional productions you will be aware that every minute on set is worth a lot. Swapping out a lens on a Steadicam or a brushless gimbal like the Freefly Movi can mean rebalancing and costs time. The Celere Primes were made to speed up the production process.

The Celere HS (High Speed) is currently a 4 lens kit (25mm, 36mm, 50mm & 85mm) costing about $3,000 per lens until the end of 2015. After that prices will go up slightly.

Today they launched their website where they are presenting a few videos showing off the performance and look of the 25mm & 26mm Primes:

After a phone conversation with inventor Steven Kisilevich it became clear to us that these lenses are intended to be used by professionals. Kisilevich said that the lenses are specifically designed for PL-mount and there will be no EF-mount version. While they are affordable PL lenses they were developed with high-end productions in mind to reach the standards Zeiss or Cooke are known for.

In terms of the coating Kisilevich said: “The Celere lenses are shipping with what we call a neutral look, which can be interpreted to having achieved as close to a Leica look as we could get.”

The lenses feature durable metal housings and they are made for resolutions up to 6K intended for use with the super 35 format, but will also cover Full Frame sensors without vignetting. Each HS lens has a maximum aperture of T/1.5.

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The Celere HS 25mm and 36mm are both ready to ship right now. In the coming months the rest of the lenses will be made available. The 85mm will be available in November 2015, and the 50mm will follow in December or January. They plan to sell the first 50 sets in 2015 and these will cost around $3,000 per lens.

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What’s next beyond these first 4 lenses? They are currently developing an 18mm prototype, intended to be ready by April 2016. Beyond that, they also plan to release a set of standard speed lenses (possibly T2.0 or T2.1) ranging from 16mm up to 135mm and finish all these within the year 2016 (16mm, 18mm, 21mm, 24mm, 27mm, 29mm, 32mm, 35mm, 50mm, 85mm, 135mm).

Hanse-Inno-Tech / Celere - Lens 36mm / 1,5 PL - Test bei MBF-Hamburg am 14. Mai 2015. Photo: Morris Mac Matzen/mmacm.com

Hanse-Inno-Tech | Celere – Lens 36mm | T/1.5 PL – Test at MBF-HamburgPhoto: Morris Mac Matzen

It is nice to see the kind of enthusiasm coming from a manufacturer. There has certainly gone a lot of craftsmanship and thinking into development of these lenses and it really looks like these are high end affordable PL lenses like we haven’t seen them before. We’re curious to follow the release of the next lenses they will release over the next months and see how they perform in the hands of other DPs.

The Celere HS Prime lenses are available through the Celere website for EU customers and at Hot Rod Cameras in the US.

For more information check out celerelenses.com

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Marshall Baker Reply
Marshall Baker October 1, 2015

I always know when it says “affordable” i can’t afford it.

Lars Andersen Reply
Lars Andersen October 3, 2015

Hi Marshall, one can always rent, borrow or buy a later day. I know because we’ve all been there, my partner Steven has rented lenses for years, still does, even though he started buying glass nearly 20 years ago.

Steve Kahn Reply
Steve Kahn October 1, 2015

this looks amazing. bokeh looks good if not great. bokeh balls are not completely round.

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Celere Lenses October 2, 2015

Hi Steve, thanks, the Bokeh’s do look amazing. We had a lot of people complementing us on the Bokeh’s. They are not completely round as one can see from a “pack-shot” still frame of the 36mm pictured above, because this was shot with the Celere HS 85mm wide open, T1.5. Most of the top high speed Cinema lenses are not round wide open. E.g. we chose to go with a unified eight-leaf iris module, just like the Leica Summicron-C, Cooke S4’s and Cooke S4 mini’s (Cooke S5’s use 7-leaf, Master & Ultra Primes use 9-leaf). Personally, I wished it would be less circular wide open, it would give me the feeling of having a slight anamorphic Bokeh! Never heard of anybody complain of 2x anamorphic elliptical bokeh’s. They look gorgeous! Again, everybody has different taste.

Lars Andersen Reply
Lars Andersen October 2, 2015

Hi Steve, thanks, the Bokeh’s do look amazing. We had a lot of people complementing us on the Bokeh’s. They are not completely round as one can see from a “pack-shot” still frame of the 36mm pictured above, because this was shot with the Celere HS 85mm wide open, T1.5. Most of the top high speed Cinema lenses are not round wide open. E.g. we chose to go with a unified eight-leaf iris module, just like the Leica Summicron-C, Cooke S4’s and Cooke S4 mini’s (Cooke S5’s use 7-leaf, Master & Ultra Primes use 9-leaf). Personally, I wished it would be less circular wide open, it would give me the feeling of having a slight anamorphic Bokeh! Never heard of anybody complain of 2x anamorphic elliptical bokeh’s. They look gorgeous! Again, everybody has different taste.

Steve Kahn Reply
Steve Kahn October 2, 2015

While I do prefer completely spherical bokeh balls it’s amazing you could get a lens kit that is so fast out there so inexpensively. But honestly I do wish you would’ve gone with more aperture blades.

Lars Andersen Reply
Lars Andersen October 3, 2015

I hear you Steve, but my Partner Steven is obsessed with Anamorphic lenses and the look / Bokeh therefrom. I don’t have to tell you how elliptical he likes his Bokeh’s : )

Daniel Christie Reply
Daniel Christie October 11, 2015

I tend to agree with Steven, I find a more spherical bokeh more visually pleasing. I’m not sure I agree that the octagonal bokeh is really an anamorphic look at all. Certainly not elliptical Comparing it to the Leicas and even the seven bladed Super Speeds, I think what looks nicer on those lenses is that the iris is slightly rotated so that the edges are not parallel to the top, bottom and sides of the frame. It makes all the difference and makes it a lot less distracting and off putting.

That aside… amazing.

Daniel Christie Reply
Daniel Christie October 11, 2015

Also some sort of weird pattern inside the bokeh…

Masruk Mostafa Reply
Masruk Mostafa October 1, 2015

Rokinon Xeen is the way to go I guess.

Masruk Mostafa Reply
Masruk Mostafa October 1, 2015

Plus Xeen comes in e mount

Zsigmond James Reply
Zsigmond James October 1, 2015

That breathing in those two lenses used in demonstration is atrocious. Who would buy these when so many better options are available in a similar prices range… both vintage and new PL glass..

Илија Каравлах Reply
Илија Каравлах October 1, 2015

breathing is not bad at all. if you go on the Celer website you can see comparative tests of same subject taken with Ultra Prime and Summicron C. take a look at UP and you will see that breathing is almost the same. Leica breathes bit less but it also costs 15 000 Eur per lens. Racking focus form one to the other side of a range will always look heavy on any lens

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Celere Lenses October 2, 2015

Hi Zsigmond, unfortunately I do not know how you came to this conclusion, as we demonstrated on our website / Vimeo, the Celere breathes slightly more than the Summicron but less than the Ultra Prime. Watch the end of the videos where we shot against the checker board, the UP 32mm does breathe more than the Celere 36mm, again the Summicron breathes as well, only a little less than Celere. We have a set of Cooke S5’s and had a set of Master Primes, they were the only lenses I saw no breathing / on a couple focal lenghts next to none. We have Cooke S4’s, that breathe a little as well. Again, we came in with better results than Ultra primes, when I and anyone I know watched films shot on UP, e.g. LoTR, I never heard of anyone complain that they breathe to much and therefor shouldn’t be used /bought. They used many sets, the results look great! Celere lenses are all new glass, again it all comes down to taste, if you need a look close to Leica, try Celere, they match well. We did this so as to only have one LUT for different sets of lenses, mixing Leica’s and Celere on set. I would never say Celere is the right set for all, why else do many like us have so many sets of lenses. I choose as my friends do what look and glass best supports the story/character, vision of that particular project. By the way, one may take a guess which lenses did not perform well and they do breathe, lots, but they are sharp.

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Joakim Tjernell October 1, 2015

They may be cheaper than other lenses, but if you’re paying that much for a lens there shouldn’t be so much breathing.

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Crimson Son October 2, 2015

compared to what?

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Celere Lenses October 2, 2015

Hi Joakim, please refer to my post above. Additionally, (Joakim close your eyes, because this next part is not directed at you) one only needs to watch the footage, the facts are there. If anyone has other facts or proof to prove or disprove, please post it, the evidence, real facts rather than speculation, educated guesses or heresy. That is all I ask. If anyone wants to see breathing, by all means they are welcome to rent some CP.2’s from us. I don’t know of any rental houses here in Hamburg that have Samyang, but I could track some down and ask someone how much they breathe. Somehow I think most people know the answer to that question. Again, Celere lenses might not be your taste or fit certain criteria, that’s cool, this is what it’s all about, fitting your tool belt with the tools you need to build the next project. A lot of people I know have Canon cameras and EF lenses, they already have a system, Celere lenses do not fit into this system, nor were they suppose to. Those friends of mine will keep their Canon’s and maybe buy more glass in EF-mount. The same with Sony cameras and E-mount, mind you PL adapters are easy to get for E-mount.

Dipak Dumi Rai Reply
Dipak Dumi Rai October 2, 2015

When the bokeh is not round means the lens needs more work on it. It’s just too x

Lars Andersen Reply
Lars Andersen October 2, 2015

We have been receiving a lot of feedback, and very positive for the bokeh, many believe we nailed it. We shot these photos through a store front window using the Celere HS 36mm.

Lars Andersen Reply
Lars Andersen October 2, 2015
Dipak Dumi Rai Reply
Dipak Dumi Rai October 2, 2015

Many thanks for your sample.

Pj Germain Reply
Pj Germain October 4, 2015

The first thing that threw me off was the bokeh and the color chart differences to be honest. The iris blades are too pronounced giving a “eng video” look and man that chart compared to the higher end lenses says the difference in price right there. Imo.

Drew Leblanc Reply
Drew Leblanc October 2, 2015

Tyrel Stumpff we need this for the alexa. Or should we get better glass?

Darrell E. Hines Reply
Darrell E. Hines October 2, 2015

How much?

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Celere Lenses October 2, 2015

Hi Darrell, here is a quick link to the website (https://celerelenses.com), you will have to scroll down to the bottom. Thanks.

Shamar Mizzy Miles Reply
Shamar Mizzy Miles October 2, 2015

$3000

Sheldon Norton Reply
Sheldon Norton October 2, 2015

Affordable for high end pros who don’t need them. STOP BAITING WITH “AFFORDABLE”.

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Celere Lenses October 2, 2015

Hi sheldon, sorry, I hear you, your right, affordable is as clear as muddy water. A wide open door for interpretation. Maybe that will have to be changed on the website, it has only been online for a little over a day and we have seen an amazing flood of viewers from many different countries who have already visited. Thanks for the tip!

cinema5D Reply
cinema5D October 2, 2015

Hey, there’s always a reason we write “affordable”. These lenses are MADE FOR “high-end pros”, so in this regard they are pretty affordable I’d say, IF they are truly as good as the manufacturer claims…

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Crimson Son October 2, 2015

How is the word “affordable” baiting. Its a value judgement. And compared to their competitors – CP.2 and such – I think it qualifies as being affordable.

What lens are you comparing it to? Being more than what YOU are willing to pay for it does not mean it is not affordable.

Sheldon Norton Reply
Sheldon Norton October 3, 2015

I would suggest 80% of your readers are not full time cinematographers but Indie filmmakers who use 5Ds and the like.

Mac Ruiz Reply
Mac Ruiz October 3, 2015

It doesn’t take a rocket scientist to deduce that these are not rokinon classic lenses and therefore not that kind of affordability.

Sheldon Norton Reply
Sheldon Norton October 3, 2015

Precisely, so why label them affordable on a 5D website.

Sheldon Norton Reply
Sheldon Norton October 3, 2015

Ironically, least of all a rocket scientist would be able to tell the difference between a side by side comparison on anything other than MAYBE a theatrical sized screen, between these and Rokinon.

Lars Andersen Reply
Lars Andersen October 3, 2015

because for many they are affordable, but I think we covered this topic already. They are affordable, those who are buying from us right now have bought other lens sets that cost more, some even 10x more for each lens. Based on that, they actually are affordable on the higher end Cinema lens market. I repeat, they are not designed for the DSLR or VDSLR market, hense we choose to stay only with PL-mount. The professionals know they are getting a deal, that is all that matters to us.

Alexis Ayala Reply
Alexis Ayala October 3, 2015

These are listed as affordable because frankly, they are. Everything is relative. For what you’re getting this is a hell of a deal. It’s never a good idea to presume your point of view is something everyone has. Regardless of whether you fit the demographic these were designed for or not, its still relevant to read about. It’s always good to know what’s happening in the space. So when you do find yourself in a position where spending a few grand makes sense, you’re already going in informed.

Sheldon Norton Reply
Sheldon Norton October 3, 2015

I concede! 3K vs 15K is affordable.

And using the word baiting was unwarranted.

Steve Oakley Reply
Steve Oakley October 2, 2015

No digging the star effect even fairly wide open. the distinct apeture blades also leaves a lot to be desired. I have some vintage and modern glass like the rokinons I’d shoot over these anyday….

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Celere Lenses October 2, 2015

Hi Steve, have you seen the effects on the Cooke S4’s, at T2.8, it moves into a slight ninja star bokeh, kind of cool. The other lenses we posted had the star effect as well. But Steve, no problem, I can understand, I have never shot with Rokinons, so unfortunately I cannot comment. Steve I am curious how can one shim Rokinons on a Collimator for proper back focus, has anyone ever done this, friends of mine from Edmonton, Alberta asked me this. Thanks.

Steve Oakley Reply
Steve Oakley October 3, 2015

Well the first thing you’d need to do with the rokinons is really re-label the lenses because the focus marks are so far apart on most of the lenses its a moot point. you just make FF marks instead on the disc. The Xeen’s coming soon though which are properly marked, with curved 9 blade irises which should really be nice.

I also noted the wooly effect on the 36mm, although I’ve seen other lenses do it too. not something I care for either.

No I haven’t shot with the S4’s but if they also made star effects wide open like that I’d not be a very happy camper at all and be sending them back. I’d only expect that fairly stopped down with a wide angle. Its what we have star filters for… or even just a cheap UV filter thats been scratched up if you really want that effect which is what I prefer since you can randomize the scratches for a more organic look. . out of the box, for me having star effects is a non-starter like this would be a defect and not a positive straight at all.

Chris Zayachkowski Reply
Chris Zayachkowski October 2, 2015

How much?

Shamar Mizzy Miles Reply
Shamar Mizzy Miles October 2, 2015

$3000 is still way to high smh

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Celere Lenses October 2, 2015

Hi Shamar, 3000 is not a high price, this is a topic that has no right answer. Orders have been flowing in, so yes, for some people they are affordable. Think about it, try to build a set of lenses with all the features we implemented, even glow in the dark barrel markings! For alot of DSLR (VDSLR), yes this may be out of their price range, maybe down the road they can purchase and rent till then. In the professional cine lens market, this is a deal, for 3000. To manufacture these lenses, metal housings, assembly, cleaning, quality control, laser markings, real glass elements has major costs, not like cheaper plastic ones, good coatings cost, etc. The first set in the world with the same weight… I took a look at some VDSLR lenses on the internet, they have 120 degree markings, hmm, not easy for a focus puller, just saying, you get what you pay for. With Celere HS lenses your actually getting more than what you pay for. Again, price is relative, a Mercedes Benz has its costs, most may say it is too expensive, there are alot of cheaper cars. Thats good, they can drive cheaper cars, others who want a Mercedes or BMW will buy it anyway, especially if they like the look and feel, how it handles professionally. That is the difference when you have a Celere in the hands and look at the images on your 4K monitors.

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Crimson Son October 2, 2015

Forgive them. I’m still waiting for some one to tell me what lens they are comparing it to make the value statement.

I think they are comparing to Rokinon and similar lenses not the CP.2 and Ultra Primes.

Timothy Crabb Reply
Timothy Crabb October 2, 2015

I did like the page until the price was revealed

Martin Rivera Reply
Martin Rivera October 2, 2015

Gimmie, Gimmie, Gimmie!!!

Lars Andersen Reply
Lars Andersen October 2, 2015

Shot through a store front window display using the Celere HS 36mm with a PL-mount to Micro 4/3 adapter on a GH4

Martin Rivera Reply
Martin Rivera October 3, 2015

Those look really cool. Noce color. :)

Lars Andersen Reply
Lars Andersen October 2, 2015

Hamburg is beautiful, good glass can catch the moment and make it last! Shot using Celere HS 25mm

Paul Dombrovskis Reply
Paul Dombrovskis October 2, 2015

comments smell like samyang teen spirits here.

But seriously, great job Celere. Looks like proper build quality, sharp, low contrast, very nice rendering of skin tones and 1.4T for $3k a pop !!! Come one guys thats dirt cheap for a cine lens

I am eager to get my hands on them and test it out and if thats al true standing ovations for Celere team. Do you guys build/make the optics?

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Celere Lenses October 2, 2015

Hi Paul, thanks for the complements and support. We do not build or make the optics ourselves, we have 3 different companies who are manufacturing the individual lens elements for us. It just so happens that I will be contracting one of these companies in Germany to prototype something new!

Paul Dombrovskis Reply
Paul Dombrovskis October 8, 2015

Sounds good! Any chance of 28mm in the future?

Stuart Dennis Reply
Stuart Dennis October 2, 2015

Where is the glass from? Are they original designs or a rehousing of something already existing. No issue if it’s either, just interested

Luca Travaglini Reply
Luca Travaglini October 3, 2015

I am pretty sure they are rehoused still lenses

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Celere Lenses October 3, 2015

Hi Luca,
I’ll tell you what, you come to us in Hamburg and I will show you first hand the lens elements and it’s assembly line, I will even show you one of the companies here in Germany that manufactures the glass elements (they are just as proud of it as we are), we can phone them together, ask him yourself, then you can go online and show and tell the facts. Everything else is just fiction / fairytale, and you know what, people fairytales (no where near as good as the classics from Grimm Brothers) of our Celentil lens design is going to make them eat their hats when we make the next announcement. So, are you game? I am opening the door for you and giving you a free invitation, seriously! Hope to hear from you, moreover hope to see you.

Lars Andersen Reply
Lars Andersen October 3, 2015

Hi Luca,
I’ll tell you what, you come to us in Hamburg and I will show you first hand the lens elements and it’s assembly line, I will even show you one of the companies here in Germany that manufactures the glass elements (they are just as proud of it as we are), we can phone them together, ask him yourself, then you can go online and show and tell the facts. Everything else is just fiction / fairytale, and you know what, peoples fairytales (no where near as good as the classics from Grimm Brothers) of our Celentil lens design is going to make them eat their hats when we make the next announcement. So, are you game? I am opening the door for you and giving you a free invitation, seriously! Hope to hear from you, moreover hope to see you.

Lars Andersen Reply
Lars Andersen October 3, 2015

By the way, sorry Stuart, since you asked a good question, you deserve an answer. The design idea is original, we call it Celentil, a new term to describe our concept and lens line-up, no one has been able to do this, plus the next announcement will make it more clear how this lens design starts to diverge more from the contemporary designs of others. And to finish answering your question, in the year 2015 almost every conceivable lens combination has been tested, so yes, the basis of the Celere design is similar to that of a Compact Prime for example, we just chose different glass, using different numbers of lens elements and groupings. It is impossible otherwise to try and get as close to a Leica look as possible without making some minor and some major changes. Most of all, don’t forget about coatings, to little is ever mentioned over the last years about how huge a roll this plays!

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Celere Lenses October 3, 2015

Hi Stuart, since you asked a good question, you deserve an answer. The design idea is original, we call it Celentil, a new term to describe our concept and lens line-up, no one has been able to do this, plus the next announcement will make it more clear how this lens design starts to diverge more from the contemporary designs of others. And to finish answering your question, in the year 2015 almost every conceivable lens combination has been tested, so yes, the basis of the Celere design is similar to that of a Compact Prime for example, we just chose different glass, using different numbers of lens elements and groupings. It is impossible otherwise to try and get as close to a Leica look as possible without making some minor and some major changes. Most of all, don’t forget about coatings, to little is ever mentioned over the last years about how huge a roll this plays!

Stuart Dennis Reply
Stuart Dennis October 3, 2015

Comprehensive answer, thank you.

So I guess my next question based on the latter part of your reply is: What would you compare them to? I mean are they warm/forgiving like Cooke/Canon Cine, or clinical/sharp like Arri/Zeiss. Or somewhere in between like Schnieder?

Stuart Dennis Reply
Stuart Dennis October 3, 2015

Also are you doing specific mounts of an interchangeable solution?

Lars Andersen Reply
Lars Andersen October 3, 2015

We call it the neutral look, comes closest to Leica Summicron-C and Leica Summilux. Stuart, check out the SALT I & SALT II tests on Reduser for some good comparisons of Leica glass to other lenses. No, Celere HS will stay as a PL-mount version. Many rental companies are happy with this because they do not always have to change, shim and re-Collimate their lens sets all the time. That costs them a lot of time and money that nobody pays for. They can just take a Collimated PL to E-mount / Micro 4/3’s adapter off the shelf and put it on the A7S II or FS7, FS5 and so on. Most of their cameras are already PL mount, even the new Blackmagic design Cameras I saw, the rental companies have bought with PL-mount. They have been in this business for decades doing rentals, they told us what they knew! We were glad we listened. We use the Celere lenses on Red cameras more and more in the last weeks at rental houses for the Movi rigs, and some have started testing the Celere lenses with the Arri M camera, and now we are getting a wave of Steadicam operators who are starting to fly Celere HS lenses on their rigs as well. All the above is only so intriguing for them because Celere lenses remain Balanced when doing a lens swap, save time and money for the production. Next week Celere lenses are flying to a feature film set with a Steadicam operator. We are eagerly looking forward to some behind the scenes photos!

 Kyle Lancaster Reply
Kyle Lancaster October 31, 2015

What about the RED Raven? The Raven will be a great light camera for gimbal work and aerial applications but only comes with EF-mount. Would love to have these balanced lenses to switch quickly when mounted on a movi on UAV. Any intentions at all to create an EF mount?

Simrat Singh Reply
Simrat Singh October 2, 2015

Senza parole. È incredibile. Vogliamo aspettare cosa.inventano dopo questi ? ??

Rodrigo Iturralde Reply
Rodrigo Iturralde October 4, 2015

Lenses look interesting indeed. A good quality compact lightweight and complete highspeed set option for a fair price is needed and has not been in out the lens market for a while but also it would need to have a wider angle option and some other focal lenghts specially telephotos, thats where most manufacturers fail and have been failing with incomplete sets.

Love the idea of the design, the bokeh and the flare samples.

All the Best for this project and will like to try the lenses someday, different lens options are always welcome rather than more marketing lenses that look almost the same.

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Celere Lenses October 4, 2015

Hi Rodrigo,
thanks for the complements, we really tried hard, and we’ve only just begun. The 18mm is a must, so is the 21mm and the 135mm. We are working on them and many more. Keep checking in to our website from time to time as we are preparing for the making the next wave of announcements!

Aram Khachaturyan Reply
Aram Khachaturyan October 3, 2015

For that price I would buy Zeiss

Sheldon Norton Reply
Sheldon Norton October 3, 2015

Exactly

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Celere Lenses October 3, 2015

Hi Aram,
Thats fine, but since you mentioned price, CP.2’s in High Speed cost approx. 2000 dollars more… a piece! For nearly a lens 70% more expensive, enjoy the breathing, the CA, bulky and plastic, and the flares that come with them. That would be your taste, that’s cool, I wanted a totally different recipe, one to improve on all the above mentioned, that would give our customers a feel of quality, something they will enjoy for years and want to use for years. Most people I know who tell me they have to shoot with Compact Primes (because the production company does not have enough money for a better quality set) eagerly look forward to higher quality lenses to be shooting with.

Lars Andersen Reply
Lars Andersen October 3, 2015

Hi Aram,
Thats fine, but since you mentioned price, CP.2’s in High Speed cost approx. 2000 dollars more… a piece! For nearly a lens 70% more expensive, enjoy the breathing, the CA, bulky and plastic, and the flares that come with them. That would be your taste, that’s cool, I wanted a totally different recipe, one to improve on all the above mentioned, that would give our customers a feel of quality, something they will enjoy for years and want to use for years. Most people I know who tell me they have to shoot with Compact Primes (because the production company does not have enough money for a better quality set) eagerly look forward to higher quality lenses to be shooting with. After using CP’s they are now using Celere. MBF Hamburg (a larger rental company in Germany) just bought 2 sets for rental, they already own S5’s, S4’s, Master’s & Ultra Primes, and many many more, they see the potential for rentals, otherwise they would not have bought 2 sets!

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Celere Lenses October 3, 2015

MBF Hamburg (a larger rental company in Germany) just bought 2 sets for rental, they already own S5’s, S4’s, Master’s, Ultra’s and Compact Primes and many many more, they see the potential for rentals, otherwise they would not have bought 2 sets!

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Celere Lenses October 3, 2015

and these guys have been use to having only the best. oh, by the way, I have never seen a Rokinon or Xeen in these rental houses.

Илија Каравлах Reply
Илија Каравлах October 3, 2015

for the price you cant! effectevly they are faster 1.5 stops then CP’ so lets say Zeiss to compare would be UP that is 3x the price

Matt Chauncey Reply
Matt Chauncey October 3, 2015

3 grand is pretty cheap considering the Summicrons are close to 15k a lens. Uniform weight is a huge advantage if they’re 2 pounds or under. I love the Cooke mini S4s but they’re heavy for a Movi or Ronin. Their 18mm is almost 4lbs. That’s 2lbs more than the Zeiss CP2 18mm. I would totally consider getting a set of these lenses if the color representation was solid, if they’re sharp at 2.8 or better and they don’t weigh over 2-2.5 lbs.

Luca Travaglini Reply
Luca Travaglini October 3, 2015

The matter is Cooke and Leica produce amazing glasses. Here you pay for the housing but the glass is not better than an average still lens.

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Celere Lenses October 3, 2015

ah, wait a minute, are you saying the companys like Asphericon here in Germany are not making world class glass and that companies like Carl Zeiss, i.e. Master Anamorphic’s are not using other companies who make amazing glass. You might want to check your facts before posting. Again, the fairytales online just getting worse.

Lars Andersen Reply
Lars Andersen October 3, 2015

ah, wait a minute, are you saying the companys like Asphericon here in Germany are not making world class glass and that companies like Carl Zeiss, i.e. Master Anamorphic’s are not using other companies who make amazing glass. You might want to check your facts before posting. Again, the fairytales online just getting worse.

Lars Andersen Reply
Lars Andersen October 3, 2015

Hi Matt, The Celere HS Lenses are all colour balanced, they can hold their own at already T2.0 among the big boys lenses from the footage of projects people have been sending back to us. They weigh 2.31 lbs. The glass elements weigh more than one expects, especially if one is wanting to cover the Red Weapon sensor size. Steven showed me one of his older zoom lenses from the 1980’s, he bought it new back then, it is a Vivitar Series 1 zoom, 70-210 f2.8. What a piece of glass, that lens fooled me when I went to take hold of it, I tell ya, it has a lot of glass : )

Matt Chauncey Reply
Matt Chauncey October 4, 2015

Thanks for the reply, Lars. I can’t wait to check out a set of these lenses.

Illya Friedman Reply
Illya Friedman October 3, 2015

The link above to Hot Rod Cameras is incorrect and has a spelling error. Correct link is

http://hotrodcameras.com/celerelenses

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Johnnie Behiri October 3, 2015

Done and you are welcome….

Johnnie

Jamiel Boling Reply
Jamiel Boling October 3, 2015

can you share your ISO, type of Filter+size on the 24mm T1.5 Test + was it shot with Arri? I Shooot with a Scarlet Dragon and I would like to see how possible it would be to get similar results if purchasing. I have ND filters but only 2 so if I need to get a smaller range, i’ll know which to shoot for.

Thanks
http://www.iekomedia.com

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Celere Lenses October 3, 2015

Hi Jamiel,

Holy Sh..! What a website, gorgeous, can I offer you a set of Celere lenses to try out in the near future, to have your feedback and get some stills from your capable hands (and eyes) from any of your shoots. This is another reason why I am so happy the Red cameras, they have a great Digital Stills Capture. The DSMC was like many other of their ideas, revolutionary. I owe a lot to them for inspiration. Jamiel, I even got to talk to Jim J. from Red (in 2006) when I was looking for a digital sensor for a Telecine machine another company was building. You know what, Jim was right, oops, I think I owe him a good Cuban Cigar for that. That machine never came to market, because once those Red One’s came, the Telecine market took a steep dive here in Germany.

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Celere Lenses October 3, 2015

Jamiel, the Camera test was shot using the Arri Alexa XT. That much I know! I just phoned the cameraman and he will let me know, ISO and Type of filter. Get back to you soon with this information.

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Celere Lenses October 3, 2015

O.k. Jamiel, my cameraman just wrote me an SMS, he said he used 1000 ISO on the Alexa XT and Tiffen ND filters. Hope that helps.

Chung Dha Lam Reply
Chung Dha Lam October 3, 2015

For that price get whole set of Samyang Cine Lenses which is affordable compared to those.

Damon Mosier Reply
Damon Mosier October 3, 2015

That’s exactly why the Xeen lenses are so pointless. They literally ARE just Samyang cine lenses

Charlie Anderson Reply
Charlie Anderson October 3, 2015

Gonna be an early adopter of this. Stoked to see what this looks like on Weapon

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Celere Lenses October 3, 2015

Hi Charlie,
I just had it on the Red Epic Dragon the other day, it is cool, light weight thanks to the Epics small form factor. Anyone who uses a Red Epic and Celere lenses on the Brushless gimbals is going to have a lot of fun, we had it on the Movi Freefly rig. Red Berlin has been very helpful to us, they let us test our Celere lenses with their Leica’s. They also said that we could test our Celere Lenses on the Weapon, which we feel confident that the Celere’s image circle will cover. When it happens, it will definitely be posted!

Lars Andersen Reply
Lars Andersen October 3, 2015

Hi Charlie,
I just had it on the Red Epic Dragon the other day, it is cool, light weight thanks to the Epics small form factor. Anyone who uses a Red Epic and Celere lenses on the Brushless gimbals is going to have a lot of fun, we had it on the Movi Freefly rig. Red Berlin has been very helpful to us, they let us test our Celere lenses with their Leica’s. They also said that we could test our Celere Lenses on the Weapon, which we feel confident that the Celere’s image circle will cover. When it happens, it will definitely be posted!

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Anonymous October 3, 2015

Better off picking up a used set of Zeiss superspeeds or ultrprimes.

Илија Каравлах Reply
Илија Каравлах October 3, 2015

hahah! for 3k a pop for UP, you are funny!

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Anonymous October 3, 2015

Specially for $3000

Peter Wilcox Reply
Peter Wilcox October 3, 2015

Rent lens. Even cheaper ?

Pj Germain Reply
Pj Germain October 4, 2015

Or purchase great lenses, use and rent. Make back your investment times 100.

K Jonathan Park Reply
K Jonathan Park October 3, 2015

Good thing that I didnt buy the sony cinealta lenses yet. This may be my next purchase for URSA mini(when it comes out), GH4, and A7r2.

Lars Andersen Reply
Lars Andersen October 3, 2015

took a picture using the Celere lens on the way home from work

Lars Andersen Reply
Lars Andersen October 3, 2015

My partner Steven shot this using the Celere HS wide open on the GH2

Lars Andersen Reply
Lars Andersen October 3, 2015

Shot on Celere HS wide open in the Hamburg main train station

Lars Andersen Reply
Lars Andersen October 3, 2015

Hitting the golden hour of the day with the Celere lenses

Lars Andersen Reply
Lars Andersen October 3, 2015

Celere Lens again wide open on the GH2

Lars Andersen Reply
Lars Andersen October 3, 2015

Behind the scene shot of the Celere Commercial

Konstantin Costa Konstantinou Reply
Konstantin Costa Konstantinou October 3, 2015

What commercial?

Lars Andersen Reply
Lars Andersen October 3, 2015

The commercial for the Celere HS Lenses

Konstantin Costa Konstantinou Reply
Konstantin Costa Konstantinou October 3, 2015

Let me clarify: where can I see it?

Lars Andersen Reply
Lars Andersen October 3, 2015

It will be coming online soon!

Konstantin Costa Konstantinou Reply
Konstantin Costa Konstantinou October 3, 2015

Ah, ok – thought I’m too stupid to find it :-)

Lars Andersen Reply
Lars Andersen October 3, 2015

Camera is rolling with the Celere HS 85mm

Lars Andersen Reply
Lars Andersen October 3, 2015

with the right equipment one can make some stunning footage. For the detail-shot, they had the Celere HS 85mm on the Amira at 4K

Lars Andersen Reply
Lars Andersen October 3, 2015

with the right equipment one can make some stunning footage. For the detail-shot, they had the Celere HS 85mm on the Amira at 4K, this is also from of the Celere commercial shoot.

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Young Yune October 4, 2015

Hi, Celere Lenses
I’ve already email you twice with no reply so far.
I would like to get a quote of a full set of the lenses.
E-MAIL: yymporsche@yahoo.co.kr
Thanks.

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Celere Lenses October 4, 2015

Hi Young, sorry for the delay, we have tons of emails that we look into regularly. As a tip, I can point out a few things most manufactures would love to say. If a company has not responded immediately, it sometimes has to do with being in different time zones. For example it is already 12:30 at night in Germany, offices have been closed for about 6 hours, plus it is a weekend, we tend to spend weekends with our families.
Now back to Young’s question, Young if you go to our website (https://celerelenses.com), scroll down, you will see all the prices, hope that helps, thanks for the email, I just happened to catch up on reading emails because I could not yet sleep ; )

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Young Yune October 4, 2015

Thanks for your reply.
I hope you could find emails I sent you from the link of price of your website.
I love imagery of my CP.2 which however doesn’t have something with Arri Master Prime or Leica C lenses.
I am shocked to see the test shots of Celere HS and eager to have them in my hands.

Bryan Margaca Reply
Bryan Margaca October 4, 2015

Very excited about these lenses! Reasonably priced. And these initial images look like they will help telling a good story

Ches Owen Reply
Ches Owen October 4, 2015

Omie Blue same weight!

Salvatore Virgillito Reply
Salvatore Virgillito October 4, 2015

I realy don’t see a good boket. Samyang has the same result whit realy affordable price. The only difference is the aperture. Sorry but this is my opinion

Nathaniel Haban Reply
Nathaniel Haban October 4, 2015

Very interested in these lenses. It does indeed look like they’ve delivered tremendous value for the dollar. Since the guys at Celere are replying to this thread, I’d love a little more information, namely, would it be possible to see lens tests on a FF sensor? I’d love see to what vignetting, center-to-edge sharpness looks like. Also, when can we expect to see tests with the upcoming 50 and 85?

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Celere Lenses October 4, 2015

Hi Nathaniel, we are working on version 2.0 of our website, there will be new categories of information, way more footage, customer footage will slowly start to trickle in as people now have the demo sets are shooting with them. We have a lot of stunning footage from the 85mm, the 50mm is also one of the strongest performers in the bunch. There will be lots of lens tests coming online on the website. We bought a dedicated device (MTF measurement instrument) that allows us to post and show charts of all four lenses, plus putting the lenses on the projector. You guys are going to be pleasantly surprised. We have photographers who are taking the Celere lenses on their new Sony A7S II cameras that supposed to shoot Full Frame, I am looking forward to those photos. Speaking of photos, I cannot load a picture onto this post. Nathaniel, can you please go to the Cinema 5D Facebook page (https://www.facebook.com/C5Dnews/timeline) and I will upload you a picture right now for you, it will answer some of your questions already! Cheers.

Lars Andersen Reply
Lars Andersen October 4, 2015

Celere 36mm lens, lines look straight, covers full frame, this was taken with an iPhone quickly posting it for Nathaniel Haben and many others who ask as well. The high quality photos will arrive soon on the website.

Rexford Metz Reply
Rexford Metz October 4, 2015

Good information about the lands quality sounds good but you didn’t mention the weight using this on a drone project may not be possible the actual weight is a big factor

Lyle Vincent Reply
Lyle Vincent October 9, 2015

its it a typo on your website when it says 85mm front diameter? Thast in-between the two standards of 80mm and 95mm for which all matte boxes would fit on. 85mm is nothing I’ve ever come across.

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Celere Lenses October 12, 2015

Hi Lyle, it is not a typo, it is an 85mm front. In Europe 85mm can be had easily, I bought mine from Chrosziel for the Compendium. There are adapter rings for 85mm as well. We will be selling on the Celere website, in the near future, for the LMB-4 / LMB-5 the adapter as well. We will always endeavour to meet the demands of the working professionals if something small such as an 85mm donut / adapter ring is missing. But you are right, 85mm has not been a standard. – “I coulda been a contender. I coulda been somebody,” We hope to re-introduce it as a contender : )