Cinema Lenses: What Are You Paying For?

Author: admin  |  Category: Best Photo Sharing, Digital Cameras

digital cameras best photo sharing

As someone prone to discussing video gear with just about anyone willing to engage in related conversation, one topic that is frequently brought up to me is the price and purpose of professional video gear and the seeming price disparity, in contrast to consumer or prosumer gear. In this installment of pro gear discussions, I will delve into what separates professional cinema lenses from their prosumer and consumer ilk.

Questions that I used to get while I worked in equipment rentals would commonly include, “Why do these cinema lenses cost so much more than photography lenses? Are they so optically superior?” and, “Will I see an appreciable difference using cinema lens “x” as opposed to a similar photography lens?” The combination of the seeming democratization of resources that can realize cinematic results and the appearance of “budget” cinema-lens offerings on the market has only intensified this discussion. Further muddling the field, inexpensive optics once relegated to DLSR and mirrorless cameras have found their way into cinema-grade housings; starting with the Zeiss Compact Primes (based on Zeiss Classic optics for DSLRs), introduced circa 2009, followed by Canon, with its CN-E primes, in 2011, all the way to Rokinon’s XEEN range and Tokina’s Cinema ATX zoom offerings, which came to market in 2015.

digital cameras best photo sharing
Zeiss Compact Prime CP.2 50mm/T1.5 Super Speed EF Mount Lens

To those who are unfamiliar with what constitutes a cinema lens, differentiation beyond the superficial appearance is not enough to warrant paying a significant premium. Although, if the price were truly unreasonable, no one would pay it, right? So, what would you be getting for your dough?

Technorati Tags: ,

Tags: ,

Comments are closed.