The Pacific Northwest Lens Summit

That’s right. It’s a lens test. I’ll be joining host Michael Koerner at his facility Koerner Camera Systems in Portland Oregon in just a few weeks. The perfect bridge between NAB and Cine Gear – Koerner will be hosting a range of manufacturers to showcase their latest gear. Less of a shootout and more of a hands-on event, we’ll be pairing up cameras and lenses and giving each a go to see what works best in different situations.

We’ll have lenses and reps from the following:

  • Angenieux
  • Arri
  • Canon
  • Cooke
  • Fujinon
  • IB/E
  • Leica
  • Lomo Illumina
  • PS Technik
  • Raptor
  • Sigma
  • Tokina
  • Zeiss

So how about it? Join us! No need to RSVP. You can find the event details over on Koerner’s facebook page. Looks like it’s going to be a good time. Come hang out. Drink. Eat. Mingle. I’ll have some swag on hand to give away. If you’re a lens geek like me and Michael Koerner, you’ll be in good company.

Portland Lens Test 2011 BTS

Tim Whitcomb of Indent Studios hosted a myriad of B-List lenses for testing on an army of RED Epic cameras. I say B-List, but it doesn’t mean they aren’t bad lenses. I simply mean that they are less known than lenses like the Angenieux Optimo series or the Zeiss Master Primes or even the Cooke S4 or 5i series. It was perhaps a collection of the rest of the lenses that shooters are curious about but may not want to invest $20k-$50k just to try out some exotic glass. The test included lenses from manufacturers such as Zeiss, Illumina, Cooke, Leica, RED, and Uniq Optics. The testing included three different stations, each with it’s own purpose. The lenses all rotated from station to station in a sort of ballet. I have to say, everyone that participated in this test was extremely professional and made everything look so easy. I certainly couldn’t have pulled something like this off. I’m not going to go over test results as I haven’t even seen most of them myself. Tim will be releasing the results, probably through REDUser in the near future which I will link to when it’s available. Regardless of the results, participating in the test was great fun. I was able to meet a lot of great people and finally put some faces to the names REDUser, Twitter, and email have provided over the past few years. I’ll put up a list of full credits once I have all the details. But for now, enjoy a few BTS photos. Continue reading Portland Lens Test 2011 BTS