Cine-Style Lenses VS Still Photography Lenses

by Staff February 25, 2016 at 11:02 am

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  1. A lot of these comments are from run and gunners. The Cine lens is not really for you, nor was it intended for you. When your shooting a project that can easily go to b-roll on a bad shot, you can get away with a still zoom lens. When you're pulling a slow 20 sec. zoom at 2.8, from 50 mm to 135 mm, you can't afford to have your focus off when you hit 135 tight on an actor starting to cry with DOF at 2 inches. Also, the cine is great for some run and gun stuff. I shoot often with a slow zoom in/out. I CAN'T STAND seeing footage with focus bouncing in and out. It's amateur, at best. Youtube has gotten people used to this kind of stuff. I can't stand it. It's funny to hear people say auto focus is better than manual. They've never shot a movie. That's why there called Cine lenses.

  2. so your paying thousands of dollars more because they didn't incorporate extremely simple features that could have been installed in the normal lenses in the first place….. its like im gonna charge 100 buck for this shirt because this is the black version with a design on it where the original shirt was just was white and cost 10 dollars…. no difference in the shirt but they decided to up the price because they added something that is cheap to incorporate but will still gouge money from people.

  3. The photo lenses work better for controlling "in camera" i.e.: allowing the camera to change F stop and pull focus.  On these newer EOS Cinema cameras they do a great job at handling this so I'd prefer the L lenses over the Cine lenses especially as a one person crew.  The Cine lenses are nice but require a lot of rigging and crew people to manage.

  4. Great video! Thanks for this info! I'm shooting a feature soon, really indie and low budget. Should I spur for the cine lenses or should I spend that money elsewhere? I'll be shooting on 5D MK3s.

  5. Everything Josh said, but………..I found that running and gunning gives one very little time to take light meter readings/set apertures, pull focus and set composition/zoom while trying to catch a once in a lifetime shot. I rely on auto aperture and auto focus when I have to. The modern digital camera has enough dynamic range to work with in post and the occasional softening of an image while auto-focus makes up it's mind, can usually be covered by "B" roll.  Parfocal is, to me, the most valuable asset to have. That said, when one has the time, as Josh says, cine lenses are the way to go. And if you can't afford one………rent it.

  6. Is there a huge diference in picture quality using these lenses? Could you maybe post a picture shot with still lens and one with cine lens, for comparison. 

    Thanks for the video!

  7. for a run and gun type application where there is only 1 person at the camera – are cinema lenses practical? i've never used one and am planning on getting one – but i'm not sure if it would be good for me. 

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