Unusual Lenses

Lead image: Kevin Brari and 1st AC Lukas Fahnert shooting Lost in Time. (Photo: Steffen Schmitz) LENSES WITH CHARACTER Unusual bokeh, interesting flares, aberrations at the edges of frame – these are some of the artefacts which lens manufacturers once strove to suppress, but which are now prized by filmmakers seeking a unique look. Five … Read more

Panasonic introduces LUMIX S 85mm F1.8 lens for its full frame S Series cameras

Based on the L-Mount system for LUMIX S Series full-frame mirrorless cameras, the 85mm F1.8 is the first out of four F1.8 large-aperture lenses Panasonic has announced it will release. The four F1.8 lenses feature common size and position of control parts to provide practical advantage in use. The same filters can also be used … Read more

Announcing Teradek RT Wireless Lens Control

Teradek and RT Motion have joined forces to create the world’s most responsive, accurate, and feature-rich wireless FI+Z systems for cinematographers. The product line, known as Teradek RT, is manufactured in the USA and sold by Teradek. RT Motion was founded in the UK by filmmakers seeking to craft lens control systems without compromise. Now … Read more

Movietech sizes-up new large format lensing options

In preparation for the new wave of large format camera systems, independent image capture specialist Movietech, is offering the UK’s first set of the brand new, custom-made lenses from Whitepoint Optics. The acquisition of the new lenses is part of Movietech’s on-going programme of investment in the very latest imaging technology that includes Ultra HD … Read more

ZEISS Unveils High-Speed DSLR Lens: ZEISS Milvus 1.4/25

With its new wide-angle focal length, the ZEISS Milvus family now boasts eleven lenses for single-lens reflex cameras, including four focal lengths with a maximum aperture of 1.4, making them perfect for videographers. The ZEISS Milvus 1.4/25 is the latest focal length to be added to ZEISS’s largest range of lenses for full-frame single-lens reflex … Read more

Angénieux announce plans for IBC 2017

Angénieux announces a New Long Range Multi-Format Design Zoom Lens at IBC 2017 (booth number 12.E36) Angénieux continues to adapt its offer to the market trends by announcing new innovative zoom lens series. Following up the Angénieux Type EZ Series for S35mm and larger image formats recently unveiled at IBC 2016 for the growing corporate, … Read more

A Spotlight on optic lens company, Cinescope Optics

Who is Cinescope Optics? Cinescope Optics is an optics lens company based in London, England, specialising in the cinema conversion of vintage movie and stills lenses for today’s demanding and ever changing international film industry. The companies marquee product is the Leica R lens, which is hugely popular in both the photography stills and motion … Read more

Panavision Unveil Powerful New Tools for Millennium DXL 8K Camera

Panavision revealed advanced new tools for its unprecedented, large-format Millennium DXL 8K camera at their booth at Cine Gear Expo, June 2-3. Demonstrating the evolution of their innovative approach to filmmaking, Panavision debuted a set of fast, wirelessly controlled Primo Artiste lenses that cover the full 8K HDR image; the world’s first HDR OLED Primo … Read more

Leica Thalia: New Lenses for Big Picture Cinematography

Responding to the increasing need for character-driven, large-format optics, CW Sonderoptic introduces the Leica Thalia series of prime lenses. The set of 9 spherical lenses provides an image circle of 60mm diagonal, which covers ARRI Alexa 65, VistaVision, and Super 35 film and digital formats while maintaining a consistent look and feel through all focal … Read more

Schneider Optics Expands Full and Split Diopter Lineup

Due to growing popularity, Schneider adds new +1/8, +1/4 and +3/4 strengths to their existing range of +1/2, +1, +2, and +3, 138mm close-up Full and Split-field diopter lenses. These essential tools are mainly used to allow sharp focus when too close to the subject for the camera lens to properly focus on its own. … Read more

CW Sonderoptic expands global sales team

CW Sonderoptic, the designer and manufacturer of Leica cine lenses, has expanded its global sales team to provide clients with more direct service and support. New regional sales managers include Seth Compton, who will cover the Americas, Kevan Parker overseeing Europe, Osamu Tsukada covering Asia Pacific and Po Liu in the Greater China region. CW … Read more

Fujifilm launches MK Cine lenses

Fujifilm Corporation has unveiled its new MK series of cinema lenses which offer advanced optical performance, plus ultra-compact and lightweight design. The Fujinon MK18-55mm T2.9, a standard zoom lens with the focal length of 18-55mm, is the first MK lens to be released in March 2017. In the summer, this will be followed by the … Read more

Uncoated Cooke S4/i lenses give a vintage look

Cooke Optics, the multi-award winning manufacturer of precision lenses for film and television, has announced that it now offers uncoated front elements for its S4/i series. The uncoated front elements offer more choices to cinematographers, with lower contrast, milkier shadows, flares, streaks and other aberrations that give a ‘vintage’ look. The Cooke S4/i series currently … Read more

Movietech first with TLS Canon K35 lenses

Independent camera, lens and grip specialist, Movietech, has augmented its hire stock with the introduction of the new TLS re-housed Canon K35 series lenses, including a UK first with the T1.5 18mm. Covering all models within the K35 range, and re-housed by industry specialist True Lens Service, these upgraded versions retain the features, feel and … Read more

Filmscape Media

Shooting for the stars Spotlight / Filmscape Media Shooting for the stars Spotlight / Filmscape Media BY: Michael Burns Back in 2005 Kevin Harvey was the perfect rental firm customer. A theatre graduate of the BRIT School, holding a film degree from the University of Bedfordshire, he was just the sort of filmmaker who would … Read more

Filmscape eyes latest anamorphic advances

Camera specialist Filmscape has taken delivery of a selection of new Anamorphic lensing options from Cooke, ARRI, Kowa and Lomo. The Cooke Anamorphic/i family has garnered praise for its precision and versatility, and the ARRI Master range is particularly suited to 35mm format use. The Lomo/Hawk lens set offers all the characteristics of classic Anamorphic … Read more

Jungle  thriller puts Cooke Anamorphic/i lenses to the test

Cooke Optics has released details of how the forthcoming film Jungle, based on Yossi Ghinsberg’s memoir, “Jungle: A Harrowing True Story of Survival”, was shot using its Anamorphic/i lenses. The film recounts Ghinsberg’s 1982 journey through the Amazon where he ended up alone for three weeks, before being found and rescued. Jungle stars Daniel Radcliffe … Read more

ARRI Rental offers rehoused Bausch & Lomb Super Baltar set

ARRI Rental UK has added a newly-rehoused set of vintage Bausch & Lomb Super Baltar lenses to its inventory. The lenses have been re-engineered by True Lens Services to ensure they can withstand the demands of modern-day use while still achieving their classic look. First introduced by Bausch & Lomb in the mid-1960s, Super Baltar … Read more

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