FZeros has released a $900 25mm F0.95 for the M43 format. 25mm (50mm equivalent) is a well represented focal length but who are we to argue with choice. Unfortunately their marketing video doesn’t include much in the way of actual footage but we hope to soon see what this lens is capable of.
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.
Pentax 50mm F1.7 with the Panasonic GX8:
Sony G Master 85mm F1.4 (+ anamorphic):
Rokinon Cine DS 100mm Macro Lens:
While the micro-four-third (m43) format presents challenges for wide angle photography, it excels at telephoto reach. Panasonic’s new 100-400mm lens is equivalent to 200-800mm focal length in 35mm format terms. Wild life photographers and videographers will really appreciate the possibilities this lens opens up: