Types of Lenses: Master Class on Film Camera Lenses

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Types of Lenses: Master Class on Film Camera Lenses

Understanding the tools of the trade is as important as understanding how to tell a compelling story. Camera lenses and all types of lenses can be a total mystery for those who are not trained. Knowing which lens to use at what time is imperative.

Yes, this does fall under the job title of a cinematographer but as a filmmaker you should educate yourself as much as you can about every aspect of the filmmaking process. It will make you a more dangerous filmmaker…be dangerous!

The good folks over at Filmmaker IQ have created an amazing series of videos on the science and properties of not only all types of lenses but how they are used in filmmaking. You will go deep down the rabbit hole on camera lenses. Enjoy!


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The Properties of Camera Lenses

With a grounding in science and history (which you should watch if you haven’t), we now dive into the properties of all types of lenses and explain the features of the modern camera lens for photography and cinematography from, Focal Length, Aperture, Primes vs. Zooms as well as some specialty features.


The History and Science of Lenses

No camera could be complete without a lens – the glass technology that brings the world into focus. Dive into the history of all types of lenses from it’s early beginning as a fire starting tool to the plethora of modern designs.


Focusing on Depth of Field and Lens Equivalents

How much space in front of the lens will be in focus? That question defines Depth of Field – but this simple concept has lead to a staggering amount of confusion in today’s multi-format camera environment. Through some fundamental scientific demonstrations, we will clarify concepts like the circle of confusion and lens equivalency.

The ISO in regards to Lens Equivalents should be multiplied by ISO^2 because we’re dealing with two dimensions, not just one. Multiplying by just the ISO will result in slightly darker image (as see in the demo)

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Some people have jumped to the conclusion that the Circle of Confusion is the Pixel Size. The CoC is LIMITED by the Pixel Size in that it cannot be smaller than the pixel size, but in most cameras the pixel size is much smaller than the CoC (or at least by a standard CoC that calculators use for determining the depth of field). This explains why a Full Frame 12MP camera will have the same DoF as a 50MP camera. But if you enlarge the photo enough, eventually you will be able to see more detail in the 50MP image which less of what looked in focus in the 12MP image will actually be in focus.


Types of Lenses: My Choice of Camera Lenses for Low Budget Filmmakers

If you are planning to put together a cinema film camera set of lenses for your own productions be ready to spend a TON OF CASH but there is hope for us low budget filmmakers. After doing a ton of research I settled on a Rokinon Set of Primes.

This set of primes is what I use for all my personal projects. They are an amazing set for the price. Best bang for the buck by far. They are perfect started set and very affordable considered cinema lenses can run upward $8000 – $40,000 for each lens. Check out this VERY AFFORDABLE set of cinema prime lenses.


Rokinon RK8MV-C 8mm T3.8 Cine Fisheye Lens

The NEW ROKINON 8mm FISHEYE T3.8 Lens is our first lens designed primarily for videographers. Using the same high quality optics as the extremely popular 8mm F/3.5 Fisheye lens, this cine lens has a continual de-clicked aperture range from 3.8-22 making it optimal for shooting video.

The ROKINON 8mm cine lens is designed for digital SLR cameras with APS-C image sensors. For these types of cameras, it provides full-frame coverage – which means that pictures will cover the entire frame.


Rokinon Cine CV10M-C 10mm T3.1 Cine Wide Angle Lens

Rokinon’s 10mm T3.1 Cine Ultra Wide Angle Lens for Canon EOS DSLR’s has been specifically designed for video use with Canon APS-C DSLR’s. It utilizes a Nano Crystal Anti-Reflection Coating System, Aspherical Lens Elements and Extra Low Dispersion Glass to provide a high performance frame filling ultra wide view equivalent to 16mm on a full frame camera.

The 106 degree angle of view with its fast T3.1 aperture provides the performance required by videographers to capture dramatic perspectives while its extreme depth of field and 9.5″ (.24m) close focus capability allow working in tight spaces to get that needed shot.


Rokinon Cine CV14M-C 14mm T3.1 Cine Wide Angle Lens

The new Rokinon 14mm Cine Lens is made especially for DSLR video enthusiasts, videographers and cinematographers. It features the same outstanding image quality as the standard Rokinon 14mm F3.1 lens but has the added benefits of de-clicked apertures and follow focus compatibility.

De-clicked apertures means that there are no hard clicks when changing apertures and the aperture can be manually set to a very specific number (like f/3.8, f/5.2).


Rokinon CV24M-C 24mm T1.5 Cine Wide Angle Lens

The new Rokinon 24mm Cine Lens is made especially for DSLR video enthusiasts, videographers and cinematographers. It features the same outstanding image quality as the standard Rokinon 24mm F1.4 lens but has the added benefits of de-clicked apertures and follow focus compatibility.

De-clicked apertures means that there are no hard clicks when changing apertures and the aperture can be manually set to a very specific number (like f/1.7, f/2.8).


Rokinon Cine CV35-C 35mm T1.5 Aspherical Wide Angle Cine Lens

The new Rokinon 35mm Cine Lens is made especially for DSLR video enthusiasts, videographers and cinematographers. It features the same outstanding image quality as the standard Rokinon 35mm F1.4 lens but has the added benefits of de-clicked apertures and follow focus compatibility.

De-clicked apertures means that there are no hard clicks when changing apertures and the aperture can be manually set to a very specific number (like f/1.7, f/2.8).


Rokinon Xeen XN50-C 50mm T1.5 Professional Cine Lens

Xeen by Rokinon is a new line of professional cine lenses.  They feature all the most important specifications of a professional cine lens.  The lenses are housed in a durable aluminum housing, focusing & aperture gears are smooth and accurate, focusing throw is generous, and the front lens diameter is 114mm.

Xeen by Rokinon lenses are all compatible with full frame cameras and are available Canon EF, Nikon, Sony FE, Micro Four Thirds, and PL mounts.


Rokinon CV85M-S 85mm t/1.5 Aspherical Lens

The new Rokinon 85mm Cine Lens is made especially for DSLR video enthusiasts, videographers and cinematographers. It features the same outstanding image quality as the standard Rokinon 24mm F1.4 lens but has the added benefits of de-clicked apertures and follow focus compatibility.

De-clicked apertures means that there are no hard clicks when changing apertures and the aperture can be manually set to a very specific number (like f/1.7, f/2.8).


ROKINON CINE DS Full Cinema Lens Kit – 50mm + 35mm + 85mm + 24mm + 14mm for Canon EF plus Deluxe Accessory Bundle

12mm, 16mm, 25mm, 35mm, 4K resolution, 50mm. 85mm, Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera, BMPCC, C Mount, Gh4, Sony As7 ii, Sony E Mount, Veydra, Veydra Mini Cinema Primes


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