John Carl Posted October 9, 2022 Share Posted October 9, 2022 (edited) Greetings. This is my first post here but have been an avid reader here for years and years. - My main question is this: What lenses have the highest resolving power and/or are the sharpest of all lenses? (Ideally for a s35 sensor.) Background: I am a NYC commercial cinematographer specializing in product/tabletop cinematography. I primarily shoot Red/ARRI/Phantom for all the usual reasons but lately have been experimenting with using the Blackmagic Design 12k camera as a potential solution for some clients of mine that, for time and budget reasons, prefer to pull stills from our video footage rather than taking the time to swap in our Phase One camera and strobes. The larger resolution of the Blackmagic 12k camera seems like it could help them. The Blackmagic 12k camera also allows for shooting 240fps at 4k, which is useful for when the creative calls for 4k slow motion but the budget does not allow for a Phantom. (I realize that the 12k is not the same caliber as Arri/Phantom/Red.) The problem with a 12k sensor though is that the resolving power of the sensor is now higher than the resolving power of some lenses. So the hunt is on to find the best possible lens or lenses to pair with the 12k to have - in theory - the highest resolution sensor paired with the highest resolving power lens. I've experimented with the Arri Master Macro 100mm, which was certainly better than my personal Sigma Cine Zooms (used only for projects that have no budget for lens rentals), but I'm curious if there are even better options out there. - Has anyone ever compiled a list of lenses organized by resolving power? If so, what lens beats the rest? - Lastly, am I making a mistake experimenting with the Blackmagic Design 12k camera? Should I just stick with an 8k RED or Venice 2? (I've been avoiding full frame because my directors always want deep focus so I actually prefer s35 as it gets me more focus depth with the same FOV but would I get greater sharpness from a larger sensor and full frame glass?) Is there a better camera/lens combo for sharpness? I'm basically curious to hear any and all knowledge from you all related to how I can deliver the most pristine, sharp footage to my commercial clients. To anyone that kindly shares their time answering this: thank you so much! I super appreciate it. 🙂 Edited October 9, 2022 by John Carl Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
Join the conversation
You can post now and register later. If you have an account, sign in now to post with your account.