by Kevin Alexander | 1st October 2015
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. 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. 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. 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 | 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.comRead more
The people over at Teton Gravity Research do the filming on some of the suicidal alpine skiing and snowboarding action we all know from tv. Apparently not only the people in front of the camera are out to push the limits. Todd Jones, one of the founders of said production company wrote an article on how they successfully transformed an Angenieux 16mm 12-240 lens to go with a Canon 7D by machining the lens itself and a custom mounting bracket. The setup is as follows: Bayonet mount Angenieux 12-240 lens | Bayonet Optek Doubler | bayonet to PL converter | EOS to PL mount | 7D On the 7D, with the 1.6 crop factor, the lens gives them 38mm-768mm focal length. Todd Jones: Typically, we had been shooting an Angeniuex 16mm 12-240 lens. This is roughly the equivalent of a 24-480 in the 35mm world. This lens has allowed us to get super long shots of athletes skiing big and dangerous slopes from a spot where the camera would be safe. The big zoom also allows the flexibility of adjusting framing from very long distances while trying to be light and move fast in the mountains. They published a lens test in the form of a video which you can see below. It looks like the guy they filmed almost dies while he’s falling down the whole face of the mountain, but luckily it didn’t distract anybody from continuing the testing. Enjoy: The video shows that the lens has a certain soft look to it, but there seems to be little chromatic abberation and the zooming range is of course very stunning for a film lens. Teton Gravity Research offers to sell one of these kits for $4,500 USD but as Todd says: This is not a business we are trying to start, we simply feel like we want to be able to help someone who wants this lens get it if they can’t create it themselves See the related article on tetongravity.comRead more
16×9 Inc. is not only a distributor of high quality products for film and video productions but they also have several products they produce themselves. Among the most interesting of their products at NAB was the new PL-mount for the Sony FS-100, the camera I’ve mentioned a lot this week. This PL-mount will be available mid May and cost $870. That includes the mount and lens support ($595 mount and $275 for the lens support). Yes, this is a lot if you look for the cheapest deal, but actually quite affordable if you’re looking for a product that gives you the quality a PL lens shoot might demand. Also, if you’re into mounts this one will be more affordable in the long run since it has an interchangeable back, so you can not only use it for a FS-100 camera. www.16x9inc.comRead more
by Jared Abrams | 20th February 2010
Hot Rod Cameras sent their PL mount Canon 7D up to Skywalker Ranch for Mr. Bloom. He has a lot of great photos of the prototype PL mount 7D on his Blog. Philip, there is a little pin to key the lens into the PL mount. That should help the next time you put the port cap back on.Â Click here To Check It Out.Read more
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