Tag Archives: russian

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… Continue Reading

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… Continue Reading

DSO “TRUMP” Rehoused Helios Lenses | REVIEW

DSO “TRUMP” Rehoused Helios Lenses | REVIEW

You might know how much I love the Helios 44-2, the cult Soviet 58mm F2.0 prime, but a very skilled lens technician, Richard Gale obviously took his love for this lens much further. His DSO FF58 modified Helios 44-2 lens is well known and used by many DOPs, who looking for that magical look you… Continue Reading

The Russian Tank | TAIR-3 300mm F4.5 Review

The Russian Tank | TAIR-3 300mm F4.5 Review

I don’t use vintage telephoto lenses (over 200mm) very often; in fact this a first time I’m reviewing a 300mm telephoto prime. As you might know, due to the lack of the optical image stabilization, such lenses can be difficult use for video. A rock solid tripod is a must and the actual lens has… Continue Reading

Comparing Helios 58mm F2 Lenses

Comparing Helios 58mm F2 Lenses

I originally created this post in 2012. Since then I’ve learned a lot about these lenses and Helios 44-2 has become my favorite lens, so I decided to revise it with more up to date info and additional test (second part of the post) Original Test (revised): A lot of people claim that the Helios… Continue Reading

4 Low Budget Lenses for Amazing Lens Flare

The 4 Best 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… Continue Reading

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,… Continue Reading

MIR-1 37mm F/2.8 REVIEW + TEST FOOTAGE

MIR-1 37mm F/2.8 REVIEW + TEST FOOTAGE

There is a lot that can be said about Mir-1 37mm F2.8 Lens. Internet is filled with in depth information and reviews, but to save you guys time, I’ll fill you in on the background of this lens before we move on to its use in this day & age. The production of  this lens… Continue Reading

HELIOS 135mm F/2.8 TEST VIDEO

Helios 135mm 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… Continue Reading

Tair 11A 135mm f/2.8 Lens Test Video

Tair 11A 135mm f/2.8 Lens Test Video

Here is yet another video from Mario Suze giving us a detailed look at Tair 11A 135mm f/2.8 prime lens. Tair is an old, but very solid and very unusual Russian lens. I have two of these myself and although I haven’t tested them yet, this video really makes me want to have a ago… Continue Reading