WIN Fully Modded NIKKOR 50mm F1.4 Lens!

WIN Fully Modded NIKKOR 50mm F1.4 Lens!

  As you may know, VLFV recently partnered up with SIMMODLENS and FollowFocusGears.com, so celebrate this exciting partnership, we are giveaway away a vintage lens and not just any vintage lens, but a legendary Nikkor AI-S 50mm F1.4, which has been fully modded using the products and services from these two great companies, making this lens a true…

$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…

Carl Zeiss Jena Pancolar 50mm F1.8 “Zebra” | REVIEW

Carl Zeiss Jena Pancolar 50mm F1.8 “Zebra” | REVIEW

Carl Zeiss Jane Pancolar 50mm F1.8 is a bit of a cult classic. I have one in MC version as part of my “Jena” set and used to have a Zebra version also, but never got around to shooting any proper test footage with it, so I was quite excited to see Chema Mumford post…

Cheapest CARL ZEISS Lens | 50mm F/2.8 | In-Depth Review

Cheapest CARL ZEISS Lens | 50mm F/2.8 | In-Depth Review

  (Dec 2016 Revision) Everyone loves Carl Zeiss lenses, but not everyone can afford them, at least not the modern ones or even the popular Contax series. If you are one of these people who can’t quite afford, but really want to own a “Zeiss”, fortunately there is a lens can be bought for as…

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…

Carl Zeiss Super Speed S16 Cine Lenses | In-Depth Overview

Carl Zeiss Super Speed S16 Cine Lenses | In-Depth Overview

Ever since I got into video/filmmaking, I’ve been dreaming about owning a set of cine lenses, however as you’ll know, they are not exactly affordable, which is partially why I got into vintage lenses as I find them to share a lot of qualities found in cine lenses. Fortunately, the release of BMPCC allowed me…

Using “Krasnogorsk” Lenses on BMPCC | In-depth Review

Using “Krasnogorsk” Lenses on BMPCC | In-depth Review

Krasnogorsk lens review has been a long time coming. I first discovered them in 2013 when I reviewed their little brothers, the Kiev-16U trio. At the time there were no adapters that would allow Krasnogorsk mount lenses to be used on any modern cameras, but shortly after I bought my set, RAFcamera released the Krasnogorsk…

PENTAX-A SMC 50mm F1.2 Review

PENTAX-A SMC 50mm F1.2 Review

Pentax-A SMC 50mm F1.2 is an interesting lens. It’s one of those lenses that you either love or hate. Being an F1.2 prime, it’s not the cheapest vintage lens out there and even in comparison to other 50mm F1.2 vintage primes it’s quite pricey (average price is around $550), so it’s better be good, right?…

E.Ludwig Meritar 50mm F2.9 REVIEW

E.Ludwig Meritar 50mm F2.9 REVIEW

There are a few reasons why people choose vintage lenses over the modern equivalents. One of them is that organic, film-like character that is missing in most modern lenses. The E.Ludwig Meritar 50mm F2.9 is one of such lenses, bursting with character that many of us really love! The only lens I’ve tried so far…