Zeiss Batis (18/25mm) and Loxia (21mm) on Gimbal for Video Compared

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 12mm f/2.8 Zero-D Lens Video Footage


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.

5 New Lenses from Samyang


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.

New SLR Magic 35mm F1.2 and 75mm F1.4 for Sony E Full-Frame



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.