Cinema 5D has released a post and a video comparing the Zeiss Batis 18mm, Batis 25mm and the Loxia 21mm for gimbal work. We find 24mm is about as wide as we like to go for video without having to spend a lot of effort to keep things looking natural and undistorted. The camera used was the Sony A7s II.
Laowa recently received acclaim for their 105mm F2 STF lens. They have followed up with another lens, a 12mm ultra-wide angle that claims to be corrected for distortion.
For video we don’t usually go much wider than 24mm but some may find special applications for this lens. See the following two videos for examples of the moving images it can create:
You can view the Laowa / Venus Lens website for more information.
This video review focuses more on the photography aspects of this lens, but there are samples of video shot with it contained within.
The price of this lens will come down eventually. It’s a premium lens but the prices feels a little too premium at the present moment ($1300).
This 5 minute video compares a variety of lenses, including several more often seen in professional use, on a RED Dragon camera.
We don’t post that much about lenses, but they are a relevant aspect of getting the most out of 4K resolution. 4K is far more demanding on a lens than 1080P, especially when shooting wide open. Samyang has been a great option for people needing 4K resolving lenses at a budget price. It’ll be interesting to see what these 5 lenses are and what mounts they will be available on.
These lenses will be released every Monday for the next 5 weeks.
At $499 each we are impressed with the price of these lenses and we also hope to be impressed by the optical quality. These lenses have not been released yet but are available for pre-order. The 35mm features 9 lens elements in 8 groups and the 75mm features 6 elements in 6 groups. Availability is expected to be in August.
This video uses the Samyang 14mm, 35mm, and 85mm lenses. These lenses remain great options for shooting 4K video.