by Olaf von Voss | 17th May 2016
Thomas Fletcher has done it again. The author of countless popular camera comparison charts has compiled an up-to-date lens comparison chart for both aspherical zoom lenses and anamorphic primes. Lots of lenses and a PDF This time around, it’s the optical side of things which caught Fletcher’s attention. He compiled two different charts—one of them solely covers spherical zoom lenses and the other anamorphic prime lenses. The lenses listed in these charts are sitting on the high-end cine side of things but nevertheless these guides can be extremely helpful in order to get a rough overview of the current market. Thanks, Thomas! 2016 spherical zoom lens comparison chart The requirement for being listed in this chart is quite simple: All lenses must be available in PL Mount and currently sold. So you won’t find cheaper (no, that doesn’t necessarily mean bad) lenses in here such as Canon EF zoom lenses. I think you have to decide for one segment of the given market, otherwise, this chart would be a combination of far too massive and a little too confusing to be of any use. Maybe that’s why there’s no spherical prime lens comparison chart. That would be a long list, for sure. 2016 anamorphic prime lens comparison chart To many of us, shooting anamorphic remains the holy grail in image aquisition. It’s an optical process which is nearly impossible to achieve digitally in post, so gather your money and choose wisely! Conclusion It’s not easy to keep track of each and every lens on the market, so comparison charts like these can be a huge relief. Sure, they shouldn’t be considered as complete or as the final word on the subject. However, they can serve as a decent starting point and that alone can be very helpful at times. As I said, a comparison chart for spherical prime lenses would be super helpful, too, but I think you would have to break it down into several segments in terms of price range, sensor size, coverage and so on. In the end, I think the sheer size and complexity of the end result would likely hinder its usefulness somewhat. If you want to dig even deeper, here you can find the 2012 comparison chart Sources: twitter.com Download the PDF’s (Google Drive): spherical zoom lenses, anamorphic prime lensesRead more
by Nic Divischek | 9th November 2015
Cooke Optics has revealed details of their impending Front Anamorphic zoom. It will be 35-140 mm and may begin shipping around NAB 2016. Like the rest of the Cooke Anamorphic/i family, it will be a front anamorphic design, 2x squeeze ratio, with familiar oval bokehs. Just a quick update on newest developments in Cooke lenses: According to Film&Digital Times, the New Cooke Anamorphic Zoom Lens will be the first of two zooms in the Cooke Front Anamorphic series of lenses with a focal range of 35mm – 140mm. A long, front anamorphic zoom should arrive towards the end of 2016. The Cooke Macro Anamorphic 65 mm was announced at Cine Gear 2015, and deliveries will begin in November of this year as well. “Timeline review: Les Zellan announced Cooke anamorphic primes at Bei Grazie Restaurant during Cinec 2012 in Munich. The first sets of 5 Anamorphic lenses were delivered in April 2014: 32, 40, 50, 75 and 100 mm. The next lenses to come will be the 25 and 135 mm. Cooke has begun deliveries of the 25 mm, and the 135 mm should ship before the end of this year.” The new Cooke Anamorphic 180 and 300 mm primes should be revealed soon. via Film&Digital TimesRead more
by Jared Abrams | 25th February 2011
Andrew Reid from EOS HD has released a book on shooting with Anamorphic lenses using HDSLR cameras. It looks to be filled with tons of good information. He is selling it at an introductory price of $19.95. Here is a rip from his blog. Click here for more info. “EOSHD.com presents a comprehensive cookbook for achieving a epic anamorphic look to your DSLR movies.After this you can be done with searching forums and eBay, because you will already know the score! All 2 years of my knowledge on anamorphic lenses, editing and shooting has been poured into this and now it can be your knowledge too. …and that’s the tip of the iceberg!” ▪Become an expert anamorphic cinematographer, all the info in one handy guide ▪Enable the shooting of widescreen 4K DSLR footage, 3840x1080p ▪The most accurate anamorphic lens buyer’s guide on the internet ▪Secrets and tips never published – exclusive new discoveries ▪Expertly illustrated and photographed throughout ▪A guide to getting started, as well as more advanced anamorphic subjectsRead more
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