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Brent Barbano

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  1. Thanks Mark! I really appreciate it. Please share it with your film community!
  2. Hey guys! Please check out The Ultimate Anamorphic Lens Test where we tested 13 brands, 40 lenses and created over 500 tests and 130 4K videos. You can compare them all in our 4x side-by-side viewer here. Brands tested include: Angenieux Optimo 44-440mm T4.5 AS-2 Anamorphic Zoom ARRI / Zeiss Master Anamorphic Atlas Lens Co. Orion Series Anamorphic 65mm T2.0 Cineovision Anamorphic Cooke Anamorphic /i Special Flare Elite Anamorphic Hawk V-Lite Vintage `74 Anamorphic Iscorama Pre-36 Anamorphic Lens Adapter Kowa Cine Prominar Anamorphic Lomo Round-Front Anamorphic Panavision Auto-Panatar Anamorphic P+S Technik 35-70mm T3.2 Cinemascope Zoom Todd AO High-Speed Anamorphic Hope you enjoy it. Please let me know if any questions!
  3. Ah bummer. Thanks! I'll be sure to post it here when we're done!
  4. Great point on both accounts. Personally, I think it'll become just another tool. I don't think it will be the new normal. Just another marketing tool for manufacturers who have, in some cases, "perfected" optics. But it's just another way to achieve something that can already be done in Super-35 with Master Primes as you pointed out David. David: On that note, we are shooting our next lens test but with anamorphic lenses in Los Angeles on May 27th and 28th! You chimed in last time I shared our spherical lens test on here a few months back. Would you have any interest in joining us? Phil Holland, Matt Duclos, Panavision, and a number of amazing DP's are involved with over 10 sets of lenses (Masters, Cookes, Lomos, Kowas, Hawks, Panavision T-series, Cineovisions, Todd AOs, etc). Let me know and I can send you our full list of lenses and more info. We'd love to have you. Please check out our previous test below: http://join.sharegrid.com/ultimate-vintage-lens-test.html http://blog.sharegrid.com/ultimate-vintage-cinema-lens-test Thanks!
  5. Hey guys. Check out this nice article about this full frame lens phenomenon we're seeing in 2017. If anyone was at NAB or followed it, you know how big full frame lenses have become this year. We sat down with Matt Duclos of Duclos Lenses and Mark LaFleur of Old Fast Glass to discuss what this means and where we're heading in cinema. http://blog.sharegrid.com/blog/why-full-frame-lenses-expose-the-future-of-cinema-cameras
  6. Check out this video on Matthew Duclos and why vintage lenses are so popular in today's modern cinematography era.
  7. Hey guys, my company, ShareGrid, teamed up with Duclos Lenses and Old Fast Glass to build an incredibly large lens test. 8 sets of lenses, 40 lenses, 79 test videos. All under the same control, same lighting, same set up. And you can watch up to 4 test videos side-by-side at any time! Check it out! http://blog.sharegrid.com/ultimate-vintage-cinema-lens-test ARRI / Zeiss Master Primes (as our benchmark) Canon K-35s (TLS Rehoused) Cooke Speed Panchros Kowa Cine Prominars Leica Rs (G.L Optics Cine-Mod) Lomo Round-Front Anamorphics Nikon AI-S (Duclos Cine-Mod) Zeiss Super Speeds MKIII You can find stats, a bokeh chart, testimonials, and other information as well as a 4x video player for all 79 test videos of these lenses. I attached the bokeh chart for fun. I hope this is helpful for some of you as I know it's been helpful for me and my colleagues.
  8. Macks, Thanks so much! That's very nice of you. Yes, That is the hope! We want to keep adding, including more anamorphics, both modern and vintage, high-end modern and mid-level modern lenses. Cheers to hopefully more!
  9. Hey guys. It is finally here! Our Ultimate Vintage Lens Test. With 40 lenses, 8 sets ranging from, ARRI, Canon, Cooke, Kowa, Leica, Lomo, Nikon and Zeiss. We have stats, a bokeh chart, R3Ds, fun videos, behind the scenes and most importantly, a 4x side-by-side player where you can view 4 of the 80 test videos at one time! Enjoy! Special thanks to Duclos Lenses and Old Fast Glass. http://blog.sharegrid.com/ultimate-vintage-cinema-lens-test
  10. Tyler I agree. Thanks for chiming in! Jay, it's all good! I know where you're coming from. Constructive input is always welcomed on this forum. Regardless, I'm excited to get this test out for all of us to use. And from there, hopefully we can do more and refine the process. And yes to the Baltars. Let's do it :-) I'll be sure to post here once its done.
  11. Jay, Not sure what Reddit post you're referring to. Perhaps someone else shared it there? And I'm sorry you're disappointed before ever seeing the final product. As David pointed out, vintage glass has a resurgence because of their defects...and sometimes, you cannot highlight some of those defects at a T5.6. All of that being said, I appreciate your feed back Jay and will certainly take that into account the next time we do a test. Maybe you can fly out to Los Angeles and help us do it. We aim to do modern lenses soon which will be a different test. We had our model turn her head to either side and we also panned the camera left to right to show off vignetting and distortion as well as movement. We shot close to 50 lenses and had limited time and money to do it. So shooting at another stop just wasn't in the budget as we made new clips for every aperture. We hope this will be useful for some filmmakers out there...
  12. All valid points Dom. I agree completely. It's never a perfect test. Old glass will vary from set to set. Luckily, all of our sets were in pretty amazing condition. We sadly had to limit our shoot to what we could accomplish in two days but I wish we could've shot more. Super Baltars were on the list! Trust me! I wanted them. But our provider fell through at the last minute and with the shoot set in place, we had to forge ahead and do with out them. :-( We shot them all wide open (T1.3 for example) and then at their next aperture (so T2.8 or sometimes T4) to show the differences. We tried to cover some of the popular lenses used now in cinema...whether they were cinema lenses from the start or cine-mod from stills. Leica Rs seem to be pretty popular in the indie world right now so we thought it'd be nice to throw them into the test. And Lomos are the only anamorphics actually. We originally we're going to stick to only sphericals for this test and focus on vintage anamorphics next time, but once we had the opportunity to shoot with these, we had to do it. FYI Master Primes are only in there as a foundation to compare to which can seem a bit random at first. I'd love to hear what you'd like to see in the next round, if we ever get the chance to do this again!
  13. Yea that's very true. Prices are so inflated right now bc they are in such high demand...
  14. Great idea! I'll be sure to try and include that. The problem is, vintage lenses can vary a lot in price. Based on condition, and which series they are. So we'll probably have to provide a price range rather than a hard price. Master Primes will be the only set that we can accurately provide a price on because they are not vintage. But I'm open to suggestions on how to best display this.
  15. Hey guys! My company, ShareGrid, collaborated with Duclos Lenses and other independent DP's to build one of the largest vintage lens test library. Set to release next month, you can check out our teaser below: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gJZWUT1q3Vs We'll have side-by-side players so you can view almost an focal length of any set of lens and really see the differences. As well as stats, testimonials and R3D files to download. Here are the lenses we tested: VINTAGE -Canon K35s -Cooke Panchros -Kowas -Leica Rs -Lomos -Nikon AI-S (Duclos Cine-mod) -Zeiss Super Speeds MKIII MODERN -ARRI Master Primes (as our control) I'd love any testimonials from any DP's who have shot with any of these lenses before. We want to include as many professional opinions as possible on this test page! Let me know if you'd like to be involved.
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