SLR Magic announced their new 35mm F1.2 and 75mm F1.4 cine lenses at Cine Gear this week. Nino spoke with Andrew Chan in Hollywood and had a look at the new lenses. Known for their innovative fast primes and anamorphic lenses, SLR Magic (AKA Noktor) are announcing a new pair of cine lenses for FE and E mount cameras in the 35mm and 75mm focal lengths with very fast apertures of f1.2 and f1.4 respectively. Not only that, they are extremely affordable at $499 each. It’s not everyday that you can get such a wide aperture and wide field of view lens for under $500, especially with the quality of SLR Magic lenses! They are fully manual with a de-clicked aperture. If you’re a filmmaker using a Sony camera such as the FS5 or FS7 (or smaller SLR or mirrorless) and desire that extreme shallow depth of field, these proprietary FE/E-mount lenses can certainly provide that wide aperture for really surrounding your subjects in bokeh. The choice of focal lengths and field of view are ideal for portraits, interiors, landscapes and architecture. The 35mm prime is always a go to lens for cinematography and video, and 75mm is an interesting choice similar to the standard 85mm which at f1.4 will be perfect for photographing and filming portraits. The lenses feature an all-manual design with built-in gears for use with follow focus systems. They are built for reliability and resilience, ideal when shooting in extreme conditions. Tech specs of the SLR Magic 35mm model Fast prime lens at f1.2. Compatible with FE and E-mount cameras. 9 elements in 8 groups. Minimum focus distance of 0.3m (30cm). Manual aperture with 13 blades. Min aperture F16. 52mm filter thread (non rotating). Black anodized finish. 77.40mm in length, 64.73mm in diameter. 535g/18.87oz in weight. Tech specs of the SLR Magic 75mm model Fast prime lens at f1.4 Compatible with FE and E-mount cameras. 6 elements in 6 groups Minimum focus distance of 0.7m (70cm). Manual aperture with 13 blades Min aperture of F16 52mm filter thread (non rotating). Black anodized finish. 78.68mm in length, 64.67mm in diameter 455g/16.05oz in weight. Judging from the high build and image quality of SLR Magic’s current line-up of both regular and anamorphic glass, we can say we’re keen to have a closer look at these lenses at Cine Gear. They will be available to see for the first time at the LA Cinematography expo at the ATOMOS booth, and will be available from authorized dealers by August 2016.Read more
Dog Schidt Optiks is a UK-based lens manufacturer founded by DP Richard Gale. They take old Russian lenses, open them up and rebuild them with a cine housing. If you’re into the old-school, dirty, creamy, flary feel of vintage optics you should definitely check out Dog Schidt Optik’s rehoused Russian PL Glass. Cinema5D reader and cinematographer Benett Cerf has done just that and reviewed their “Trump” line of lenses, which you can find in the video below. Let’s put the technical details aside first and talk about the elephant in the room: No, this is not an April Fool’s joke. It’s also mere coincidence that this company called “Dog Schidt” named their lenses “Trump” a few years ago… Rehoused Russian PL Glass Now that we’ve put that out of the way let’s look at what these lenses have to offer. The special thing here is really that these are not optically fantastic lenses. In the days of 4K a lot of people, including myself, are actually looking for imperfect lenses. That’s because they like their interesting characteristics like flares and vignetting. With their rehoused Russian PL glass Dog Schidt Optiks offers just that. But Dog Schidt also features flexibility and options that you won’t find elsewhere. We’ve looked at the Celere HS primes recently – which allow you to choose different kinds of coatings for your lenses to achieve different looks. The Trump lenses let you change the rear elements from the classic to a modern Multicoated, Uncoated or an Ultra Low Contrast version. [UPDATE]: As one of our readers (Christoph Hagen) pointed out “It’s worth mentioning that the lenses have no focus scale…”. Benett Cerf says: Below is a real world attempt to get an anamorphic effect with these lenses using the anamorphic waterhouse stops and a 4mm streak filter. (…) I think images with textures have a different kind of seductive quality than the clean, ultrasharp modern lens look that we’ve become used to. Dog Schidt Optiks “Trump” Review To give you a better idea how this Russian PL glass behaves, cinematographer Benett Cerf picked up a set and tested 25 different combinations of rear elements. You can check out the extended version below or find the individual takes on his site. You can also see an overview of all the lens elements and effects on this pdf. Dog Schidt Optiks Trump – Anamorphic rear element. I believe the flexibility and distinctive look of these lenses will be attractive to a large number of cinematographers. Plugins and stock footage that make films “dirtier” have become increasingly popular, and these lenses offer filmic effects that cannot be achieved with Zeiss PL lenses for example. One of the rear elements even simulates the look of 2x anamorph glass. A set of 3 Dog Schidt Trump PL Lenses costs about $6000 at Richard Gale Optics, making them rather affordable in comparison to other PL glass. What do you think about these lenses? Would you pick them up for your productions? Let us know in the comments.Read more
Andrew Chan from SLR Magic told us everything you need to know about their new generation of cinematic anamorphic lenses and anamorphic lenses in general. Besides explaining the advantages of shooting anamorphic Chan also goes into detail about how SLR Magic started from anamorphic adaptors to SLR Magic’s very own line of anamorphic lenses, which we talked about earlier this week and they are pesenting at IBC 2015. The new lenses will be introduced soon and have a very unique and cinematic look. There will be two lineups: 133 Lenses and 2x Lenses. The 2x lens line-up currently has a micro 4/3 mount, which works perfectly with the GH4’s 4:3 Aspect Ratio. Chan explains that customers at IBC have requested a PL Mount version of the 2x Lens line and SLR Magic will consider this request. Here are the prices for SLR Magic’s anamorphic lenses: Anamorphic 35mm T/2.4 – $2500 Anamorphic 50mm T/2.8 – $3000 Anamorphic 75mm T/4 – $3000 Buy all three lenses and you will get the package for $7000 ($1500 saving). The new anamorphic lenses by SLR Magic will be available by the end of the year.Read more
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