DZOFilm is finally, formally announcing their Pavo Primes – 2x anamorphic cinema lenses that aim to further democratize the world of anamorphic filmmaking. While these lenses don’t introduce any groundbreaking features per se, they bring a sense of reliability and consistency that’s precious in a professional production environment. The set will consist of a 28mm, 32mm, 40mm, 55mm, and 75mm at launch and a 100mm to come later this year. The 28mm through 75mm will all be T2.1 while the 100mm will be a respectable T2.4. Let’s take a look at more details.Continue reading “PAVO Primes – a New Line of 2x Anamorphics from DZOFilm”
Cooke is on a roll with their latest product rollouts and the new SP3 are no exception. Named after the classic Speed Panchro primes from Cooke, it’s safe to say this is the latest version of that concept. The”3″ in SP3 indicating it’s the third line to inherit what created nearly 75 years ago. The new set will consist of five prime lenses in an all-new super compact, lightweight housing aimed at mirrorless camera systems.Continue reading “Cooke SP3 Primes: A New Line of Compact Cine Primes for Mirrorless Camera Systems”
Sirui, a renowned name in the budget cine lens market, has just launched an exciting new line of compact cinema-style lenses under the name “Night Walker.” Designed to cater to cinematographers and filmmakers on a budget, the Night Walker series features three versatile lenses, including 24mm, 35mm, and 55mm focal lengths, each boasting an impressive T1.2 aperture. These lenses are compatible with APS-C and Super35 sensors, offering exceptional low-light performance without compromising image quality.Continue reading “Sirui Launches Campaign for Nightwalker Primes”
Duclos Lenses, a renowned motion picture lens specialty shop, has once again raised the bar for professional cinema lens technicians with their latest innovation – the Service Tray Mini and Service Tray PRO. Designed by lens technicians for lens technicians, these new service trays offer an efficient and organized solution for handling screws, hardware, and small components during lens disassembly. With the growing demand in the field of professional lens servicing, Duclos Lenses continues to lead the way by introducing specialty tools that are exclusively designed and manufactured for lens technicians.Continue reading “New Tools from Duclos Lenses”
Exciting news from Swiss-based lens manufacturer Irix with the announcement of development of a new addition to their popular cinema prime lens series. Since their inception in 2019, Irix has been dedicated to providing filmmakers with the highest quality lenses suitable for a wide range of cameras. Their existing cine lens lineup already boasts an impressive array of focal lengths, but the forthcoming 65mm T1.5 lens is set to fill a crucial gap in their product offerings.Continue reading “Irix Adds 65mm T1.5 to Cine Prime Line”
NiSi has just announced its latest offering in the world of cinema lenses: the ATHENA series. These compact, full-frame prime lenses are designed for filmmakers who demand exceptional optical performance, smooth operation, and versatile compatibility with various camera systems.Continue reading “NiSi Doubles Down With New ATHENA Primes”
Award-winning cinema lens motor manufacturer Hedén has appointed motion picture lens specialist Duclos Lenses as the U.S. hub to provide professional motor repair, maintenance, and upgrades for the complete line of Hedén motors.Continue reading “Hedén Partners with Duclos Lenses to Provide Service, Maintenance, and Upgrades”
It’s been a few months since we talked about DZOFilm here on The Cine Lens. Which means they’ve introduced a number of new products that we’ll go over as a round-up instead of flooding our feed with every new lens they announce.Continue reading “DZOFilm Summer 2022 Roundup”
Canon announced their new Flex Zooms last month with a slew of features that seem to check all the boxes that professional cinematographers have been asking for. But how true to their name are they?Continue reading “How Flexible Are Canon’s New Flex Zooms?”
Possibly one of the most eagerly waited lenses announced at NAB last year – the Laowa 12mm Zero-D T2.9 Cine is finally ready to begin shipping nearly a year after its introduction. This lens is easily one of the widest, most well corrected lenses for Large Format cinematography.Continue reading “Laowa 12mm Zero-D Now Shipping!”
The new XEEN CF primes feature a brand new compact, lightweight body and the same glass XEEN owners have come to appreciate. Rokinon is a perfect example of how a lens can evolve over time. Their new CF line is the culmination of customer feedback over the course of nearly a decade. Throughout this post, we’ll take a quick look back at the evolution of the Rokinon line and preview their upcoming CF line of cinema primes.Continue reading “Rokinon Refreshes With New XEEN CF”
Right on the heels of their 150mm Cine Macro announcement, Irix is obviously hard at work filling out their new line of cinema lenses. Newest to the family is the 11mm T4.3. The lens will feature several cine-standard features as well as some clever notable new ones. Let’s take a closer look.Continue reading “Irix Adds 11mm T4.3 to Cine Line”
Famed British lens re-housing company True Lens Service based out of Leicester, UK has adapted one of the must lust-worthy lenses from the photography world, to the realm of cinematography.
On January 15th, Canon Burbank held their New Year Open House featuring Duclos Lenses. Patrons were able to explore the complete Cinema EOS line-up and get hands-on experience with Canon cinema cameras and lenses in the various Canon Burbank test facilities, theater, and showroom. Continue reading “Canon’s New Year Open House Recap”
Yep. We did it again. Last year the folks at ShareGrid, Old Fast Glass, a brilliant, talented crew, and myself came together to test a wide variety of vintage lenses to give the cinematography world a sort of sampling, flight, if you will, of the various vintage lenses and what sort of characteristics you can expect with when using them. It’s been shared thousands of times and utilized in who knows how many pre-production meetings to determine the visual aesthetics as it pertains to lenses for a specific project.
So what’s next… ANAMORPHIC! The subject that baffles so many with a shroud of mystery. Optics designed to provide a wider field of view when bound by a specific format, fashioned by unsung geniuses from around the world – some a shining beacon of optical engineering superiority, and others a trophy of intentional flaw for the sake of introducing artifacts and characteristics that, to the average viewer, carries a subconscious nostalgia, lending honesty and legitimacy. But most importantly… They’re beautiful! Continue reading “The Ultimate Anamorphic Lens Test”