WIN PROSKAR-16 ANAMORPHIC LENS | VLFV GIVEAWAY

WIN PROSKAR-16 ANAMORPHIC LENS | VLFV GIVEAWAY

I’m very excited to announce the PROSKAR-16 Anamorphic Lens Giveaway! This is the lens I started my anamorphic journey with and now that I shot a videos with it & reviewed it, I feel that it’s time to pass it on, but instead of selling it, I will give it to one of you guys….

Affordable Canon FD Lenses for Sony-E & M4/3 | Buyers Guide

Affordable Canon FD Lenses for Sony-E & M4/3 | Buyers Guide

I’m often asked about good lens options for M4/3 & Sony E-mount cameras. Most people are hoping to save quite a lot of money when building a vintage set, so this guide will concentrate on affordable lenses with a price tag no higher than $300 per lens (I’ll also share a full set option for…

PROSKAR-16 Anamorphic Lens Review

PROSKAR-16 Anamorphic Lens Review

Over the last few years I’ve been slowly learning about and collecting various anamorphic lenses. Now that I’ve tried quite a few and understand them quite well, I’m ready to present you my first (of many) anamorphic lens review. I don’t claim to be an anamorphic lens expert and as always, my review is based…

Super-Takumar 55mm F2 vs Helios 44-2 58mm F2

Super-Takumar 55mm F2 vs Helios 44-2 58mm F2

I am real Helios 44-2 58mm F2 “fanboy”; I recommend it to everyone who asks me for a vintage lens advice, but thanks to the video made by fellow vintage lens fan, Victor Bart, there is a “new” kid on the block that we should be taking the notice of.  The lens in question is…

Tarmon Adaptall-2 28mm F2.5 REVIEW

Tarmon Adaptall-2 28mm F2.5 REVIEW

28mm lenses are some of the most affordable vintage lenses that one can buy.  Almost every manufacturer made them, sometimes in multiple versions. Today I will be talking about the 28mm lens that I’ve been using the most myself, not that I think it’s the best out there, but you will soon understand why it…

Shooting “Milkshake” Web Series on Vintage Russian Lenses

Shooting “Milkshake” Web Series on Vintage Russian Lenses

  Recently one of VLFV readers, Phil Abatecola got in touch to share his experience using (mostly) Russian vintage lenses to shoot his feature length web series. There were loads of things Phil had to take into consideration when building up his “Kremlin Kit” for the series and I felt that it will definitely be a…

Vintage 20mm Shootout

Vintage 20mm Shootout

This shootout has been long time coming! I’ve collected quite a few vintage 20mm lenses in the last few years with Canon FD being my latest addition. I just sold my Pentax-A 20mm F2.8 and I decided that I have to do this shootout before I send it out to its new owner. It would…

ILLUMINA (LOMO) Super35 High Speed Cine Lenses

ILLUMINA (LOMO) Super35 High Speed Cine Lenses

A fellow filmmaker & my go to guy when it comes to info on Russian lenses, Tomasz Wolski aka Film Cyfeowy has recently written a wonderful article for the Polish Filammking Magazine “FilmPro” (check out their Website & Facebook). The article is about Illumina MK-II Cine lenses from LOMO, a legendary producer of film cameras…

Lens Turbo II vs Metabones Speed Booster In-Depth Comparison

Lens Turbo II vs Metabones Speed Booster In-Depth Comparison

As a very happy owner of the Canon FD to Sony E-mount Zhengyi Lens Turbo (Version 2) by ZY Optics I’ve been very curious to find out how it stacks up against the very respected Metabones Speedbooster, therefore I decided to do a quick, real life test to see if Lens Turbo gets anywhere close…

Carl Zeiss Superspeed (S16) MKI 16mm F1.2 / T1.3

Carl Zeiss Superspeed (S16) MKI 16mm F1.2 / T1.3

My closer look at the Carl Zeiss Superspeed Super16 Cine Lenses continues with the Distagon 16mm T1.3 (F1.2) MKI. You might have seen my previous post about the 9.5mm and 12mm. If so a lot of what I’ll say later in this post might be familiar to you. Compatibility: Like a said already, this is…

Canon FD 50mm F1.4 In-Depth Review

Canon FD 50mm F1.4 In-Depth Review

In this review I’ll be taking a closer look at my current 50mm lens of choice, the Canon FD 50 1.4. I’ve been using this lens for most of my shoots for over 6 months now and I decided that it’s finally time to share my thoughts about it. Due to their incapability with Canon…

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…