$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…

Fast Lenses VS Slower Equivalents

Fast Lenses VS Slower Equivalents

When we buy lenses, most of us generally try to get the fastest model in every focal length we go with. Like many others I generally believe that the faster lens will give me better performance! My argument is that if I stop down a faster lens by a stop, I will get nicer images…

Introduction to LEICA-R lenses | Budget Buyer’s Guide

Introduction to LEICA-R lenses | Budget Buyer’s Guide

This website has been in existence (at the time of writing) for well over 3 year, but until now there hasn’t been a single proper mention of any Leica lenses, which is clearly not right because Leica-R Lenses in particular are incredibly popular for video use. I can’t try them all, but thankfully a fellow…

SANKOR 16F Anamorphic Lens REVIEW

SANKOR 16F Anamorphic Lens REVIEW

I’ve very excited to finally share this post with you guys. Some time ago I came across an Instagram user SAMAMORPHIC, who produces some of the most beautiful, atmospheric and dreamy anamorphic content. Eventually we got taking and I found out that Sam uses a Sankor 16F (an anamorphic lens that is new to me)…

Timur Civan on Vintage Lenses

Timur Civan on Vintage Lenses

This blog post is here thanks to a very talented and well known cinematographer Timur Civan who also happens to have a great blog where you can find some of his absolutely amazing reviews. Timur like myself is a big fan of vintage lenses and loves them for the very same reasons I do.  The…

HELIOS 135mm F/2.8 TEST VIDEO

HELIOS 135mm F/2.8 TEST VIDEO

Here is a short test video I’ve shot with my favorite 135mm prime, the Helios 135mm f/2.8. The video above was shot on my little Sony NEX 5N with a simple neck brace for support, so the footage is not the most stable (sorry). Nevertheless, I think it’s easy to agree that this lens produces…

135mm Lens Test & Overview PART 1 (Helios, Chinon, Promura, Dollonds)

135mm Lens Test & Overview PART 1 (Helios, Chinon, Promura, Dollonds)

I finally got around to doing a quick test of the few lenses I recently acquired. This is a test of 4 135mm lenses, all in m42 mount, very easily adaptable to any modern DSLR. 135mm lenses are virtually non existent in modern lens world, but back in a day, they used to be popular,…