Sony states they designed the GM series lenses with resolution and bokeh in mind, unlike the resolution and contrast that the Sony Zeiss lenses were made for. How much of this is just marketing speak we’re not sure yet but judge for yourself:
The Lomography Petzval is a remake of an old lens known for its unique bokeh. The 85mm version currently sells for $599. This model will sell for $749 with a planned delivery of May 2016.
Some reviews have been negative in that they claim these are expensive for speciality lenses, but we would rather have the option of expensive speciality lenses than no speciality lenses at all. The following video shows the bokeh effects:
The Olympus 300mm lens will sell for $2499 (hopefully a lower street price) this year and is claiming 6 stops of image stabilization when combined with in-body image stabilization.
It’s nice that m43 Cameras are finally getting some decent telephoto options. Panasonic will be releasing their 100-400mm lens as well ($1799).
This video was shot on the Panasonic GX8 body. The image stabilization looks good considering the focal length.
You do have to stop down for best performance, and 6K is a lot more demanding than 4K in terms of lens performance. Yet these lenses hold up stopped down showing once again they are a great value.
The SLR Magic APO HyperPrime 50mm T2.1 Cine Lens is expected to be cheaper than the competition but hold its own. It’s advertised as rated for 4K and 6K sensors. You can read more at the SLR Magic’s website.
The Panasonic G7 was a steal at recent Black Friday prices for what it offers. If you need a cheap but decent 4K camera to hold you over until the Panasonic GH5 the G7 certainly fits the bill. It’s no raw camera or dynamic range monster, but exposed properly and in the hands of a competent videographer it can produce impressive results.
This nice short video shows some of the visuals you can obtain with cheap, old lenses.
The optics are designed to ensure full utilization of the performance provided by high-resolution camera systems.
Zeiss has recently released a new line of lenses for Canon and Nikon mounts (and of course these lenses can be adapted to other mounts such as Sony).
While some of the optical formulas remain the same as the previous generation, build quality and weather proofing has been improved, as have the coatings and flare resistance. The 50mm F1.4 and the 85mm F1.4 however have improved and updated optical formulas. More lenses are expected to be released in this series.
For video applications these lenses have a “switch” like the Loxia line to de-click the aperture and aperture and focus movements are quiet.
ZEISS Milvus lenses feature a large rotation angle which enables pinpoint focusing. The top-quality focusing mechanism moves smoothly without backlash, optimally supporting the photographer’s creative interplay with the focal plane of high-speed fixed focal lengths. Changes are immediately visible in the viewfinder or display. The engraving in meters and feet, and the focus scale provide additional support for manual focusing. The silent, continuous aperture setting (de-click function with ZF.2 mount) and the long focusing range lay optimal conditions for video photography.
Street price is around $1800 (US Dollars) each.