Introduction to Contax Zeiss + Cine Tune-Up Guide

Introduction to Contax Zeiss + Cine Tune-Up Guide

    In my previous buyer’s guide I’ve shown you how to build a Zeiss Jena “Mini-Cine” set for $1000, but if you have a bit more money to spend then Contax Zeiss is the way to go!   I’m a big fan of these lenses and have been building my own set for the last few…

$1000 Carl Zeiss “Mini-Cine” Set | The Buyer’s Guide

$1000 Carl Zeiss “Mini-Cine” Set | The Buyer’s Guide

If you are getting into vintage lenses and want to build an affordable set that will be usable in every shooting environment, this guide is for you. I’ve been teasing about my “$1000 Zeiss Mini-Cine Set” on social networks a lot, but it’s finally the time to take an in-depth look at what has gone…

Canon FD 17mm F4 | REVIEW

Canon FD 17mm F4 | REVIEW

As you may know, I’m a big fan of Canon FD lenses and it’a finally time to review one of the widest lenses in Canon FD line-up, the 17mm F4! WHY: Many people will ask: Why bother with such slow and fairly expensive 17mm prime, when every cheap modern kit lens more or less matches…

Shooting Anamorphic with SLR Magic Anamorphot 2x + Vintage Lenses

Shooting Anamorphic with SLR Magic Anamorphot 2x + Vintage Lenses

A fellow vintage lens user and filmmaker Khairil M Bahar, who is also the person behind a very popular “New Cameras – Old Glass” lens guide, is back on VLFV with an in-depth look at his SLR Magic Anamoprhot 2X anamorphic adapter. If you know me, I’ve never been a massive fan of SLR Magic…

PETZVAR 105mm F3.2 PL Mount Lens | Swirly Bokeh Monster

PETZVAR 105mm F3.2 PL Mount Lens | Swirly Bokeh Monster

A few weeks ago I received an email from Denys Ivanichek, asking for some feedback and suggestions regarding a very interesting lens he has been working on! I’m sure a lot of you heard the name PETZVAL! I learned about such lenses when Lomography created their New Petzval 85 lenses back in 2013, which became…

LOMO 75mm T2.2 OCT19 Russian Cine Lens | In-Depth Review

LOMO 75mm T2.2 OCT19 Russian Cine Lens | In-Depth Review

I’ve been building my Russian LOMO CINE SET for a while now and with this review, we will finally start looking at these lenses in more detail. This is also the first review to feature a 4K test video and even though at the time of writing this, I’m still perfectly happy with 1080p final…

Carl Zeiss Jena Pancolar 50mm F1.8 “Zebra” | REVIEW

Carl Zeiss Jena Pancolar 50mm F1.8 “Zebra” | REVIEW

Carl Zeiss Jane Pancolar 50mm F1.8 is a bit of a cult classic. I have one in MC version as part of my “Jena” set and used to have a Zebra version also, but never got around to shooting any proper test footage with it, so I was quite excited to see Chema Mumford post…

My Anamorphic Lenses | Adapters | Solutions

My Anamorphic Lenses | Adapters | Solutions

Over the last few years I’ve been lucky enough to own and review quite a few anamorphic lenses and adapters. I’m often asked which one I would recommend, but everyone has different needs, so instead of pointing people at half a dozen different posts, I decided to put together a post that includes all the…

MY TOP 3 GO-TO “Vintage Lenses For Video”

MY TOP 3 GO-TO “Vintage Lenses For Video”

I’ve reviewed so many vintage lenses in the last few years, but which ones do I actually use on daily basis? The video above and info below should finally answer this question. My top 3 most used vintage lenses are: Helios 44-2 58mm F2 Canon FD 50mm F1.4 Carl Zeiss Jena Flektogon 35mm F2.4 I…

KOWA Vidoscope REVIEW | Affordable 2x Anamorphic Lens

KOWA Vidoscope REVIEW | Affordable 2x Anamorphic Lens

KOWA – a very popular name in anamorphic community. KOWA anamorphics usually represent a great image quality & amazing flares, but that comes at a hefty price tag. In this review I’ll be taking a closer look at what might be the cheapest KOWA anamorphic lens, so let’s see if it deserves the KOWA name!…