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The Art and Science of Optics

AbelCine Training
Access Period – Unlimited
In this course, you will learn the difference between various lenses and what creates their unique look, which will help you choose the perfect lens for any project. The course includes over two hours of material divided into 7 lessons.
Sale: $99.00


What is the “Cooke Look” compared to that of Zeiss? How does a prime lens compare to a zoom? What is Bokeh? Part of choosing a camera is choosing the appropriate glass to put in front of it. This class will teach the many properties of lenses, some of which can be garnered from reading technical specifications, and others require years of experience and access to the equipment. Now the secret alchemy of optics will be revealed as we work through the various optical characteristics that help define a lens and its uses.

Topics include:

  • Aperture
  • Bokeh
  • Close focus
  • Depth of field
  • Field of view
  • "Crop Factor"
  • Focal length
  • Image circle
  • Lens mounts
  • Optical artifacts
  • Physical construction
  • Primes v. zooms
  • Telephoto
  • Wide angle


Mitch Gross
Mitch Gross
Industry veteran Mitch Gross is the Cinema Product Manager at Panasonic USA. He is a respected voice on industry blogs & discussion boards and has been working in the New York film industry for more than fifteen years. Formerly Applications Specialist at AbelCine, he was also the Director of Photography on more than two dozen features, plus hundreds of commercials, music videos, industrials, documentaries and other productions. His work has been screened and has won awards at festivals including Sundance, Berlin, Cannes, Edinburgh and New York.
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