ABOUT OUR LENS TESTS
Our goal is to have a library of test videos of every lens in our inventory. The approach was to be scientific, but also shoot a "real world" subject and scene. Test charts are helpful, but it's nice to see how a lens performs in a more typical shooting environment with a human face front and center. (NOTE: we apologize that not all the color charts are in sharp focus).
For all of our lens tests we made sure to keep the camera, lighting, model, her wardrobe and even her make-up consistent from lens to lens. The only variable then is the lens itself. Since we tested different speed lenses at multiple apertures, exposure was compensated using the camera's shutter. Each lens was shot wide open and stopped down. No post processes were applied to the footage including any color grading or sharpening. Videos shot on RED were exported with DRAGONcolor2 and REDgamma4 applied. Videos shot on ARRI Alexa Mini were recorded Log-C and ARRI's Rec 709 was applied. Images were captured in incandescent lighting only, and no lights were dimmed at all, so all colors are accurate. We set ISO to 500 to get cleaner shadow detail. White balance was set to 3200K.
NOTE: Many lenses were shot RED Dragon 6K HD, and since most of the lenses in this test were designed to cover the Super-35mm format or smaller, you will see heavy vignetting especially when shot wide-open. We wanted to show that shooting on sensors larger than Super-35 can be done. For some of these lenses (especially vintage Cooke Speed Panchros), best results will be achieved by shooting at smaller formats (of course that is subjective). The Cineovision and Lomo Round Front anamorphics were shot with an Alexa Mini at 2.8K.
LOMO ROUND FRONT ANAMORPHIC PRIMES - Rehoused by Van Diemen
CINEOVISION HIGH SPEED ANAMORPHIC PRIMES
CANON K35 PRIMES - Rehoused by TLS
ZEISS SUPER SPEED MKII / MKIII PRIMES
COOKE SPEED PANCHRO PRIMES - Rehoused by TLS
COOKE 18-100mm T3
NIKON VINTAGE FULL FRAME PRIMES
ZEISS CZ 28-80mm T2.9
Canon 8-64mm T2.4 - Real World Test