New Cameras-Old Glass | Lens Guide for E-mount Cameras

New Cameras-Old Glass | Lens Guide for E-mount Cameras

I’m very excited to share an amazing guide to vintage lenses (above), put together by really talented filmmaker and simply a cool dude, Khairil Bahar. This one will be particularly interesting (but no limited) to Sony E-mount camera users new to vintage lenses. Khairil talks a lot about how to get the best out of…

Carl Zeiss Superspeed (S16) MKI 9.5mm & 12mm T1.3

Carl Zeiss Superspeed (S16) MKI 9.5mm & 12mm T1.3

After spending quite a bit of money collecting and servicing a set of Carl Zeiss Superspeed MKI Super16 primes, I’m very pleased to share my thoughts and some footage I shot with them on my recent short film. In this blog post we’ll take a closer look at the 9.5mm and 12mm as these wider…

Samyang 85mm F1.4 REVIEW

Samyang 85mm F1.4 REVIEW

While the Samyang 85mm is not a vintage lens, it definitely deserves a place on this website as somewhat of a bridge lens between the solid, manual vintage lenses & modern optics. It has almost all the features I like in vintage lenses and also has the sophisticated optics found in high-end modern lenses. The…

Chinon 200mm F3.5 Test  & What Makes a Beautiful Image?!

Chinon 200mm F3.5 Test & What Makes a Beautiful Image?!

Just over 2 years ago I’ve done one of my first ever vintage lens video comparisons. I simply picked out 4 very cheap 200mm primes, curios to see how these unknown lenses would stack up against each other and to see if they were usable at all.  One lens stood out to me as the…

Canon FD VS Olympus Zuiko | Battle of 50mm F/1.4 Primes | Part 2

Canon FD VS Olympus Zuiko | Battle of 50mm F/1.4 Primes | Part 2

Ever since I started using a Canon 5D MKII for video I’ve always had a need for a fast low light prime. The cheapest fast primes tend to be 50mm lenses. They also have the most natural field of view on full frame cameras like 5D. Almost 2 years ago, I’ve done a comparison test…

Angenieux 17.5-70mm F/2.2 for BMPCC & D16

Angenieux 17.5-70mm F/2.2 for BMPCC & D16

As I continue is my own discovery of vintage super16 lenses for BMPCC, I want to share this long overdue little film & mini review kindly written for VLFV by a fellow vintage lens lover, Alec Moore. In this review Alec shares his experience of using an Angenieux 17.5-70mm F2.2 which he was lucky enough…

WIN 1 of 5 CARL ZEISS 50mm Lenses

WIN 1 of 5 CARL ZEISS 50mm Lenses

A few weeks ago I decided that I wanted to do something special for Christmas, so instead of giving away 1, I’m giving away 5 lenses. I even had to buy 3 of these in last couple of weeks to build up this nice number The lenses I’m giving away are Carl Zeiss 50mm F2.8…

Cheapest CARL ZEISS Lens | 50mm F/2.8 | Full Review

Cheapest CARL ZEISS Lens | 50mm F/2.8 | Full Review

Everyone loves Carl Zeiss lenses, but not everyone can afford them, at least not widely known ZE/ZF or Contax series.  Less known vintage Zeiss lenses are actually quite affordable and one particular Carl Zeiss can be bought for as little as $50/£25. This is the lens I want to talk about in this post: The…

4 Low Budget Lenses for Amazing Lens Flare

4 Low Budget Lenses for Amazing Lens Flare

There are many reasons why I love vintage lenses. Their character is much more obvious than on most modern lenses with lens flare being one of the most distinctive characteristics of such lenses. In fact, one of the main reasons why Helios 44-2 is one of my favorite lenses is because the flares this lens…

Using KIEV-16U Lenses on BMPCC | Indepth Overview

Using KIEV-16U Lenses on BMPCC | Indepth Overview

Note: If you don’t use or don’t care about BMPCC you might want to skip this post as the lenses I will talk about below, (at the time of writing) can only be used with this camera. Everyone who knows me at lease a little bit will know that I absolutely love vintage Russian lenses,…

WIN Sirius 28mm F/2.8 Lens | Closed

WIN Sirius 28mm F/2.8 Lens | Closed

After quite a few months break I’m finally doing a new Vantage Lens Giveaway. This time, you have a chance to win the Sirius 28mm F2.8 prime lens which has great closeup capabilities among other great features. To fine out more about this lens and see the test video I shot with it, check out…

SIRIUS 28mm F2.8 Macro TEST & REVIEW

SIRIUS 28mm F2.8 Macro TEST & REVIEW

Sirius 28mm F2.8 is one of these lenses that I’ve had for a long time now, hoping to test it out some day. It’s an unknown, third party brand and on paper it doesn’t stand out in any way, except for the “MACRO” feature, which is often found on various vintage zoom lenses too, so…