Angenieux 17-68mm F2.2 for BMPCC & D16

Angenieux 17-68mm F2.2 for BMPCC & D16

Ever since I bought the Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera I’ve been very keen to try out some vintage lenses from old s16/16mm video cameras. My opportunity came when I bought a 16mm camera which came with the Angenieux 17-68mm lens. Many of you will know that Angenieux is a legendary brand. They’ve been making cine…

Canon FD 50mm F1.4 + Zhongyi Lens Turbo II Focal Reducer

Canon FD 50mm F1.4 + Zhongyi Lens Turbo II Focal Reducer

Anyone who follows VintageLensesForVideo on Instagram might know that I’ve been using a Zhongyi Lens Turbo ll (cheaper alternative to Metabones Speed Booster) for a little while now, mostly along with my current 50mm F1.4 lens of choice, the Canon FD 50mm F1.4. For total of just over $200 this combo gives me a 54mm…

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,…