$60 Pentax that’s actually a $800 Zeiss by designer of Stanley Kubrick’s NASA glass

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The Contax Zeiss Distagon ‘Hollywood’ 28mm F2.0 is a classic fast wide for full frame and is incredible on Super 35mm as well. Wide open it’s one of the sharpest F2.0 wide angle lenses available and it has very little distortion.

The Contax Zeiss version fetches $800 on eBay but there’s a $60 wolf in sheep’s clothing called the Pentax PK 28mm F2.0 which has a fascinating story behind it.

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Zeiss CP.2 without the price tag? A look at cinema modified Zeiss ZE lenses

Cinematics Zeiss ZE Compact Prime CT.2

Spot the difference! Those crafty Chinese are at it again!

See the lenses on eBay here

Cinematics have started offering ‘film lenses’ which are Zeiss Compact Prime copies – cinema modified Zeiss ZE (Canon mount) full frame lenses at up to one quarter of the price of a real Compact Prime. Optically they remain the same as standard ZE but as you can see from the image above a CP.2 style housing is added (left) to create a “CT.2”.

This includes gearing for a follow focus, T-stop marks instead of F-stop, cinema standard front thread size as well as a stepless aperture ring.

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Zeiss – “We’re Back in the Anamorphic Lens Business” and new Compact Zooms “for HDSLRs”

Zeiss 2x T1.5 Anamorphic

Zeiss are to release a set of new 2x T1.5 anamorphic lenses according to the Film & Digial Times via Hot Rod Camera’s Illya Friedman on the EOSHD Forum

From the magazine:

“Christian Bannert took great pleasure in asking me to guess the third surprise coming from Carl Zeiss. An 1800 mm T1.3 lens perhaps?…I had no clue.

“We’re back in the Anamorphic Lens business,” he said.

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Cinematic and photographic lenses for the Sony NEX 5N and FS100 – Part 1

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The NEX 5N’s APS-C sensor behind a mirrorless mount opens up some new possibilities when it comes to adapting lenses for video.

In part 1 I will cover recommended adapters and small walk-around street photography lenses which don’t compromise the compact size of the NEX 5N as a b-roll cam and digital rangefinder. There’s only one Sony pancake at the moment and it’s not very good so these are the answer.

In part 2 I will cover the larger standard SLR primes.

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Official – Sony A77 announced & Sony NEX 7 has full manual control in video mode

Sony A77

New Sony cameras – all the details with a video mode emphasis on EOSHD

A77 – breaking news

  • DPReview has full resolution 6400×4000 ISO samples from the A77 up to 12800.
  • DPReview reports that switching to movie mode on the A77 results in a dramatic crop of the sensor. It isn’t yet clear whether this crop goes away if you disable SteadyShot Inside in movie mode.
  • There are no manual audio controls (as far as we know)
  • The HDMI output is 1080p not interlaced! Good news.
  • It has peaking for manual focus
  • AF micro adjust (like the 5D Mk II) is present
  • AF in video mode is only available in P mode not M (boo!)

7am and here’s some breaking news on Sony’s outstanding new DSLRs. First the good news – not just the A77 has full manual control in video mode. The NEX7 does as well. We asked for 24p and manual control, Sony delivered.

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Recommended affordable Sony A77 lenses

Sony A77 lenses

The official announcement of the A77 is due this week. This is a camera that significantly outperforms the current video DSLR top guns Canon 7D and GH2 in every department. If you are going to shift systems your Canon or GH2 compatible lenses (and even Nikon) will be paperweights on the Alpha because of the long flange distance of the mount. Also Sony’s lens range isn’t exactly huge and third party support is less than for Canon and Nikon.

So I’ve been doing some research into what the good deals and good optics are for the A77.

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