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Intro image for article Testing ARRI's New Signature Zoom Lenses
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In late September, ARRI introduced a new line of Signature Zoom lenses in focal lengths of 16-32mm, 24-75mm, 45-135mm, and 65-300mm. All feature full-frame coverage and fast, constant apertures of T2.8. The 65-300mm is also available with a dedicated 1.7x extender, for a 110.5-510mm range and maximum aperture of T4.95 when mounted.
Intro image for article The Best Podcasts for Filmmakers
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These days, you can name almost any subject and find a great podcast on that topic. This holds true for filmmaking as well. From podcasts designed for general film lovers to super technical ones from industry insiders, there truly is something for everyone. In this post, we've curated a list of our favorites, based on input from our technical specialists and other members of our team.
Intro image for article Shooting with ZEISS Supreme Prime & Cinema Zoom Lenses
Tutorials & Guides
As DPs, we often decide whether our project should be shot with primes or zooms based on the desired look and logistics of the shoot. However, there are plenty of times when we need to use both. Maybe we are handheld, shooting outside for some scenes, so zooms make the most logistical sense. Yet for other portions, we are shooting portraits or interviews, and we want the added optical quality, control, and stop of a prime. Then, our main objective becomes making sure the lenses match and will cut together cohesively.
Intro image for article At the Bench: A Closer Look at ARRI's Lightweight Matteboxes
Tutorials & Guides
Recently, I had a chance to take a closer look at a few of the latest offerings from ARRI Pro Camera Accessories. In this video, I explore the versatility and functionality of the ARRI Lightweight Mattebox LMB 4x5 as well as the 138mm Diopter Frame and 138mm Diopter Stage. There is also a LMB 6x6 version available for 6” filtration that is very similar to the LMB 4x5 as both were designed for extreme modularity at minimum weight.
Intro image for article ZEISS Supreme Prime Radiance Sample Footage
Tutorials & Guides
Recently, I had the opportunity to try out the ZEISS Supreme Prime Radiance lenses for myself and shoot some demo footage. With these lenses, ZEISS has modified the lens coating to give a slightly warmer look with the ability to create, and most importantly control, flares all while maintaining the sharpness and contrast that ZEISS is known for.
Intro image for article Exploring the Canon Lens Ecosystem
Tutorials & Guides
As a DP, when you get a phone call for a project, one of the first things you need to decide is what camera and lenses you’re going to use. Knowing what the content of the project is often drives both the shooting style and look of the piece.
Intro image for article The Unique Character of ZEISS Supreme Radiance
Tech News
Since their introduction in 2018, ZEISS full format Supreme Primes have been a hit with filmmakers. Now, they have announced a new variant, with a look that is a bit of a departure from what we've come to expect from ZEISS. Enter the Supreme Prime Radiance.
Intro image for article At the Bench: Canon Sumire Lenses In-Depth
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Recently, I had the opportunity to take an in-depth look at the Canon Sumire Primes. I tested the 24mm T1.5, 35mm T1.5, and 50mm T1.3.
Intro image for article ZEISS eXtended Data: Lens Metadata Gets Smarter
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Beginning with the ARRI/ZEISS LDS Ultra Primes in 2001 and Cooke's S4/i primes in 2004-2005, many cinema lenses have been able to transmit a lens’ focal length, serial number, current aperture, and the current focus distance via digital encoders wired to the focus and iris rings on their barrels. Many of these metadata-enabled lenses have also featured a multi-pin Lemo port to allow for this data stream to be sent directly to an on-camera monitor (such as the Starlite series of displays from Transvideo). The information would then be shown as an overlay, along with picture, to aid First ACs in focus-pulling and disseminating lens info throughout the set.