Prime lenses are smaller, lighter, cheaper, faster and optically superior to zooms. So why bother using a zoom? There are some instances where a zoom might just be the better choice.
The British Society of Cinematographers held it’s annual Expo at the Battersea Evolution Centre in London this weekend just gone. The Expo is a great opportunity to see new products being showcased and to catch up with colleagues and acquaintances.
Often, cinema zooms cost more than the camera they’re mounted to. This year however, there’s been a sudden wave of budget cinema zooms introduced, aimed at the owner/operator market and priced accordingly.
This weekend I was invited with wildlife filmmaker Leanne Gater to attend the Wildlife Film Festival Rotterdam in the Netherlands. The festival boasted over eighty films, showcasing the best wildlife documentaries from around the world.
Since 2008, filmmakers have been in the market for full frame cine primes. Lenses that cover the larger format yet still offer all the mechanical advantages of a proper cinema lens.