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    Do You Own Cine Glass?

    For a long time I've been one to own photo glass and rent cine glass as I have always felt photography glass was the most versatile (lightweight, AF, lens IS, good for photography, etc.) and the least biased, so to me owning stills lenses made the most sense. From there, I rented cine glass when needed. The big benefit of renting cine glass vs owning cine glass was that I could select the cine primes or zooms that had the look I wanted for a particular project, but without ever feeling like I'm "stuck" to one look all the time since I don't own the glass.

    Recently DZOFilm released their new full frame Catta 35-80 & 70-135mm T2.9 lenses which can be bought in a kit with a case and accessories for a respectable $5,899. After watching some videos shot on these lenses, I'm really impressed, especially considering how lightweight and affordable they are. They also look really nice aesthetically and are parfocal, geared, have minimal breathing and come with a 240 focus rotation. Here's a link to the kit in Sony E-mount: https://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/produ..._70_135mm.html

    This two lens kit is very interesting to me and has me wondering if owning a couple cine lenses might make sense for an owner-op. For reference on the cameras I work with, I shoot with an FX6, A1 and A7SIII.

    How many of you own cine glass vs photo glass? What was your rationale? I thought this would make for an interesting conversation.
    Last edited by Joshua Milligan; 12-16-2021, 08:26 PM.

    #2
    I dont own cine glass.

    Proper cine lens sets (read $50k plus) need to be making an income like an investment in stocks and shares - either you need to be charging rental 200 days per year or they need to be sitting in a rental house that is.
    Its not a bad plan (the latter) but I dont have $50g for stocks or glass!
    Having them rotting at home the 300 days per year you dont shoot is for rich kiddies only.

    So cheap stuff 'cine glass'

    Im your dierector. First shot of the first day.. the master wide (shooting fullframe) "24mm should do us."

    "Oh you cant do a master wide with your new 'set' of lenses?"

    So where is your wide, what is it, which case is it in? Oh you got a fancy case but only 2/3 of the lenses is there.. 1st a/c is baffled.

    Same at the long end but less so. 180 is handy on ff and macro 100.

    Once you break into having a canon fd covering your 24.. you lose 80% of cinelens goodness .. which is less dicking with your focus motor on a lens change.

    And zooms are great for live/actuality. starting at 35 not at all, useless - the only zooms that pay are 24-105 or .. well there isnt really any other option on ff.

    So these little 'cine' zooms, doubtless wonderful, are basically useless. you need a set starting a 20 or 24 ff.

    Personally you have some cameras that auto focus.. you must have a set of af lenses as the defaut you know 16-35 24-70 70-200

    You have and then have paid for them ?

    Great spend money on your kids, or stocks and shares or a holiday.

    Or.. if you must get some MF going on.. get contax of canon fd, in full frame its getting good (no longer that hunt for the matching S35 happy 16 or 18). prime 24,50,85.. the lenses I had when I was a kid allow you to shoot actual whole scenes. You should be good for $2000 probably $500

    And you get f2, or 1.2 and can actually make images that will have the cient wetting thier pants.

    Hell get two sets.. because if you want to cross shoot you need both cameras on the 50 or 85. Nothing sucks more than 24 and 85 at once.. ask any boom operator.

    Real men have two sets.






    Last edited by morgan_moore; 12-16-2021, 10:45 PM.
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      #3
      I don’t shoot wider than 35mm all that often. It’s not my taste. Plus, I own wide lenses already, so that’s a moot point.

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        #4
        Doesn't seem like a great range on either zoom. But if you don't shoot wider than 35 then hey why not.

        I don't own cine glass. But I think the reasons to buy are the same as anything else -- that jt will make you more money either indirectly by improving your product or directly via rentals.

        I doubt you'll get premium rental fees off these, but then again they're not very expensive.. Eric Coughlin of blessed memory (he recently got banned from dvxuser for a year) said that buying a set of arri ultra primes raised his profile and made him a lot of money. But those are highly-esteemed lenses and he waa well-positioned at the start of the pandemic to take over shoots in Georgia where he lives that would have gone to dps from nyc/la. So, those clients know ultra primes. And I don't think he even rents them out all the time, but owning them lends him credibility

        So, do you want the capabilities? Focus pulling and breathing on photo lenses sucks, as do zoom mechanics. How often are these a problem for you? Would you use these zooms often enough to justify purchase? I try to imagine if I already owned a lens then which lens would I reach for in a given situation, that new lens or a lens I already own. That's how I realized I don't need the gm 135 but will definitely buy a gm 85 1.2 when they release it
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          #5
          I don’t shoot wider than 35mm all that often. It’s not my taste. Plus, I own wide lenses already, so that’s a moot point.

          I gave you a reasonable perspective based on the business of being some form of DP or professional film maker working as part of typical crews.

          A perspective based on both lo budget productions with crappy half sets of lenses spread over two cameras and the most recent production I was on had $200g of cook full frame anamorphic.

          If you shoot only through bottle tops. Fine
          If you only shoot 35mm. Fine.
          If you only shoot F11. Fine.

          All of these things may make a signature that leads to success.

          If your mind is made up. Fine.

          But why then canvas for opinion?
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            #6
            I often talk with people about buying (rareley investing - a marketeers word IMO) new kit

            And move across two things..

            1) the kit you have .. do you want to stamp on it.

            2) the kit you have does it look any good .. at sun set in hawaii .. with a couple of beatuties doing something interesting.

            If 1 is not true and 2 is true then kit is probably not the answer.
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              #7
              Originally posted by morgan_moore View Post
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              But why then canvas for opinion?
              Josh already has every type of prime and zoom in photo form. I think the question is just cine vs photo

              Personally I'm not crazy about these focal length ranges. I feel like for doc shooting you typically want to go at least as wide as 24 and at least as long as 105 or maybe 70 if you're staying close range. Or for studio shooting you don't necessarily need wider than 35 but want at least as long as 150.

              These seems more just like a matched set of interview lenses for wide/medium and CU
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                #8
                Originally posted by morgan_moore View Post
                ..

                1) the kit you have .. do you want to stamp on it.
                r.
                What means stamp on it?
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                  #9
                  What means stamp on it?

                  JUmp up and down on it, grind it to dust, smash it over the head of the designer and sales person, then drop it in the sea.

                  You know like tackling a portugese midday shoot with an fs100 with no built in nd.

                  Like missing shot because your fs7 turned off the cache record.

                  like tripping over the hdmi sticking out of the side of your dslr

                  like not being able to read your tilta follow focus screen unless under a black hood

                  like the movi software update introducing horizon roll and no way to switch it off

                  like the $2 joystick breaking on your $1000 smallhd

                  like off of these things happening in fron of clients.
                  Last edited by morgan_moore; 12-17-2021, 01:07 AM.
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                    #10
                    All of this being said... if I could buy a 50-85 1.2 or a 35-85 1.2 or 1.4... my God. Probably never exist. But I wouldn't buy it for zooming, just quick reframing
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                      #11
                      Plus, I own wide lenses already, so that’s a moot point.

                      Not really - you want cine lenses to get whatever might want.. fast flips without moving your focus motors, lack of breathing, smooth iris ramps,whatever.

                      Then you have all that stuff.. but not on your wide. Makes no sence to me .. or I promise most 1 a/c

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                        #12
                        doc shooting you typically want to go at least as wide as 24 and at least as long as 105

                        as I said.


                        Or for studio shooting you don't necessarily need wider than 35 but want at least as long as 150.

                        I dont get 'what you need' - I get delivering what the client wants.
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                          #13
                          Originally posted by morgan_moore View Post
                          Or for studio shooting you don't necessarily need wider than 35 but want at least as long as 150.

                          I dont get 'what you need' - I get delivering what the client wants.
                          what client wants = what you need. I don't think they typically need 24mm FF for studio shooting. I could be wrong but I don't think so

                          anyway, considering the spending spree that Josh has been on of late, I wager that the tax man is the real problem. but hey why not get the dzo's and then someday sell and get a superior FF zoom. the $14k angenieux is a 45-135mm FF lens with swappable rear lens group (to convert from 30-90 S35): https://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/produ...nema_lens.html
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                            #14
                            For sure a 24 is not coming up much in the studio. And if you run a studio then maybe you dont need a wide, but why deal in half sets unless there is lcear logic.

                            Start a post.. "i specialise in macro jewelery and am thinking of getting xyx" - its different from expressing an interest in 'cine' glass - cine is mainly drama (or the drama of short adverts for dog food or finanacial planning)

                            Ive not follwoed the spending spree.

                            Even that angie is a waste of time alone.

                            You need the set.. angie understand that, and make the perfect setup for two camera shoots !..

                            https://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/produ...m_eng_kit.html

                            mmm.. look at tho
                            se matching ring positions, the equalised throw and doubtless loads more goodness. Id say those lenses are worth a chat.
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                              #15
                              yeah cool lenses. only 10x the cost of the dzos

                              studio I meant more like news anchors, talking heads

                              cine glass isn't mainly drama per se. it's focus breathing, focus pulling, smooth zooms, durability

                              now, if you simply want to pull off smooth zooms with a decent zoom range then i think the longer angenieux works as it's 3x zoom ratio as opposed to the 2x of the dzos (or perhaps either angenieux, but starting from a 22.5mm is definitely a statement)
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