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The SALT (Southland ALternative Lens Test) is an informal yet professional collaboration of motion picture industry professionals who gather a specific genre of cinema lenses and evaluate their characteristics and features for the masses to explore and learn. This particular round of SALT included the talents of Will Kier, Matt Hayslett, Evin Grant, Matt Uhry, Ryan O’Hara, Charlie Pickle, Phil Holland, Jeff Whitehurst, Luke Edwards, and myself, Matthew Duclos, evaluating the most recent crop of high-speed prime lenses available. With resources at hand, we were able to secure a respectable selection of prime lens sets including:
- Leica Summilux-C
- Zeiss Master Primes
- Zeiss Super Speeds
- Zeiss CP.2 Super Speeds
- Illumina S35
- Elite High-Speed
- Canon Cinema Eos Primes
BEFORE I GO TOO FAR, IT’S ONLY FAIR TO MAKE A FEW DETAILS CLEAR. THE SHOOTING SET-UP PORTION OF THE TEST FEATURED A RED EPIC CAMERA WHICH IS NOT BY ANY MEANS CONSIDERED THE STANDARD BY WHICH ALL LENSES ARE EVALUATED. IT’S MERELY A MATTER OF CONVENIENCE IN THAT THE MOUNT CAN BE SWAPPED TO ACCEPT DIFFERENT LENSES AND IS A VERY COMMON OPTION FOR CINEMATOGRAPHERS WHO WOULD BE INTERESTED IN SUCH RESULTS. EVALUATION OF LENSES WITH A TEST PROJECTOR CAN BE SUBJECTIVE IN CERTAIN ASPECTS AND THUS ALL READINGS AND EVALUATIONS WERE PERFORMED BY THE SAME INDIVIDUAL TO MAINTAIN CONSISTENCY THROUGHOUT THE RANGE. EVERY LENS WAS TESTED WIDE OPEN. T-STOP READINGS WERE NOT MEASURED IN ORDER TO AVOID BROKEN HEARTS ;-). AND LASTLY, TO GATHER, ARRANGE, EVALUATE, AND RECORD ALL THE RESULTS FROM SIX SETS OF LENSES IS TIME CONSUMING AND LABORIOUS TO SAY THE LEAST. EVERYONE THAT PARTICIPATED IN THE TEST IS A WORKING PROFESSIONAL WHO TOOK TIME OUT OF THEIR SCHEDULE TO PARTICIPATE. THANKS TO EVERYONE WHO HELPED OUT.
We were looking for specific characteristics exhibited by each set of lenses such as resolution, contrast, light falloff, field coverage, breathing, chromatic aberrations, distortion, and other factors that effect the image quality and performance of a professional motion picture lens. All of the footage shot is being processed by wizards over on RedUser if you’re interested in seeing them. I’ll have a few frame grabs posted here for your viewing pleasure later on, but the bulk of the footage and data will be posted to RedUser.
Testing at Red Studios consisted of a locked off shot of our “trap” which was setup in a way that would really stress the lenses with difficult scenarios. We began with the widest lens from each set and rolled with the same settings, position, angle, etc., and moved on to the next focal length, moving the camera back just enough to keep the frame consistently relevant for each focal length.
13 thoughts on “SALT III “WFO” (updated)”
Look forward to seeing the results of this test. Looking at the lineup being tested I must admit I felt a little woozy.
Please post the results on your website. I hate spending time trying to find something useful on reduser. There is stuff there, but….
I know how you feel. I’ll do my best to syndicate the results here for all to find easily.
Looking forward to seeing this! I’m really surprised no RPPs in this lineup, especially since you were at Red Studios
This was the fast prime test; only T1.5 & faster invited to this party.
Awwwww cmon….. Was waiting for this…….
What an exiciting test!! I’am kind a missing Cooke S5, cause Ultra Primes and S4s make significantly different representation (flare/ghost) against strong back light and I’ve been curious about comparison between T1.5 league. But thank you for this very interesting test. Can’t wait for seeing the result!
That’s an awful lot of very nice glass you’ve been playing with. Can’t wait for the results!
Keep working in awesome jobs . I am really interesting to see the results .
It’s a pity the cine xenars III didn’t make the test. It would be nice to see how they hold up against top competition. I guess they are a little on the slow side to make the test.
It’s like a rap video bts. Instead of gold chains and fast cars, you have expensive fast lens that are worth their weight in gold.
Could you update this post with the results link? Eager to see the results!