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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, especially the Helios 44-2. When I started using the BMPCC though, I suddenly found that my favorite Russian Trio suddenly became a set of telephoto lenses, all… Continue Reading

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

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

https://vimeo.com/165332111 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 to be supported properly too, but even then, shake free images are not guaranteed. The Look: If you make such setup work… Continue Reading

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 good read for anyone building up their set of vintage lenses for video use. This is not the first post about Russian lenses on… Continue Reading

Using Vintage Russian Lenses for Commercial Work

Using Vintage Russian Lenses for Commercial Work

It’s very nice to see the vintage lenses I constantly talk about being use on serious commercial projects. The video above was shot by a twitter friend of mine, an awesome DP/Photographer & very informative blogger, Adam Roberts. I first met Adam when he won one of my Helios 44-2 lenses I was giving away a year ago. I don’t know if that started his love for vintage glass or not, but he now has a nice little set of Russian lenses…. Continue Reading

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

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

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nSNFp_8Flw4 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 output, this lens was a great choice to kick off the 4K tests with (more about it later). So the lens in question… Continue Reading

LOMO “Lenkinap” 22mm F2.8 / T3.1 Russian Cine Lens | REVIEW

LOMO “Lenkinap” 22mm F2.8 / T3.1 Russian Cine Lens | REVIEW

https://youtu.be/ffLnGYwnrA4 Vintage wide angle lenses are expensive; vintage wide angle CINE lenses are very expensive, and there are LOMO lenses. They are CINE lenses that cost less that many PHOTO lenses. Anyone familiar with LOMO lenses will know that they come and many variations. One of these is the “LENKINAP”. Right away, I must say, LOMO LENKINAP lenses are some of the most good looking lenses I have ever seen, but there are even better… Continue Reading

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 and lenses, with which the likes of Andrzej Tarkowski – among others – has shot films. Below,… 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 simply can’t get with any modern optics. DSO lenses certainly look cool, but what is really special about them is the way they can modded with various… Continue Reading

HELIOS 135mm F/2.8 TEST VIDEO

Helios 135mm Test Video

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=j4zpR8W2Vws&feature=youtu.be 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 very cinematic results. Due to it’s longer focal length and fast aperture of f/2.8 achieving… Continue Reading

Tair 11A 135mm f/2.8 Lens Test Video

Tair 11A 135mm f/2.8 Lens Test Video

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DQiU9Jk5VGc 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 at it. Not only does it produce some very impressive, film-like shots with Canon 5D MKII , but also has some very… Continue Reading