FM LENS | Anamorphic Focus Module | REVIEW

FM LENS | Anamorphic Focus Module | REVIEW

As I continue my Anamorphic journey, it’s time to take closer look at one of my favorite solutions so far! We’ve already explored a few double focusing setups including Proskar-16 & Sankor 16F as well as some single focus options including Optex/Century, ISCO Wide-Screen 2000 & ISCORAMA 42, but the lens I’m reviewing this time…

Canon 13mm F1.5 Lens for Super16 / BMPCC / Digital Bolex

Canon 13mm F1.5 Lens for Super16 / BMPCC / Digital Bolex

If you are not using any Super16 cameras, you might want to skip this review because this lens doesn’t cover bigger sensors. While testing the little Canon C-16 13mm F1.3, I wasn’t planning on making a review about it. “Just another c-mount prime lens” I thought to myself. It was only when I edited the…

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…

ISCORAMA 42 MC 1.5x Anamorphic Lens Review

ISCORAMA 42 MC 1.5x Anamorphic Lens Review

So far my anamorphic journey took me through a few quite different low budget solutions including Proskar-16 2x, Century/Optex 1.33x and ISCO Widescreen 2000 1.5x anamorphic lenses. Our next stop is one of the legendary ISCORAMA lenses, which outside of proper anamorphic cine lenses are the most respected anamorphic solutions for video use. I would…

Affordable 360° Follow Focus Gears! | COOL-LUX-GEAR Review

Affordable 360° Follow Focus Gears! | COOL-LUX-GEAR Review

Adding follow focus gears to photo lenses can be a bit of a hassle. I’ve certainly experienced that over the years. Until recently I’ve been using various temporary gears that I would swap between my lenses, but like everyone else who has had their hands on cine lenses, I really wanted to invest into more…

35mm Battle at 6K |Zeiss Jena vs Rokinon DS vs Zeiss Super Speed

35mm Battle at 6K |Zeiss Jena vs Rokinon DS vs Zeiss Super Speed

  A few days ago a test video was posted to VLFV facebook group, which intrigued me so much I decided to make a post about it! The video above, filmed by a fellow vintage lens user Blaise Villars compares 3 very different 35mm lenses, with different mounts, speed, prices, age, type & status. These…

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…

Using Angenieux 9.5-57mm F1.6-2.2 on BMPCC/S16 | In-depth REVIEW

Using Angenieux 9.5-57mm F1.6-2.2 on BMPCC/S16 | In-depth REVIEW

In this post we continue to look at various lenses for BMPCC (and upcoming Super16 replacements from BlackMagic). Over the last few years I’ve been collecting various 16mm (film format) and Super16 lenses to see what works best and also offers best value for money. Among these, there are plenty of little Angenieux zooms that…

Creating “Selective Focus” & “Miniature” effect | TITL Adapter Review

Creating “Selective Focus” & “Miniature” effect | TITL Adapter Review

Over the last few years I’ve been testing and reviewing all sorts of vintage lenses, rarely touching on a subject of adapters. Eventually I will do an in-depth post about all the adapters I use for vintage lenses, but this time I want to take a closer look at a very unusual adapter, which in…

Tokina RMC 17mm F/3.5 Review + Test Footage

Tokina RMC 17mm F/3.5 Review + Test Footage

As far as vintage wide angle primes go, once you go below 20mm, there aren’t many to choose from at all! Tokina RMC 17mm F3.5 is one of the most affordable ultra wide vintage lenses out there, so if you are on a budget, this is the one you should be taking a closer look…