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Talk to me about the Cooke S4 135mm lens

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Thinking of hiring one on Saturday to film bugs and little worlds in the Forrest on Saturday. Any one got any experience?


Also does the PV filter size cover this lens? 4” x 5.6” filters?

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A 4x5 MB will work fine- it's a 110mm back, if I remember correctly.


Minimum focus is 2'9, but be careful casting a shadow on the bugs with the camera. This is where a periscope could come in handy.

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How does the Periscope work then? is that what they use on nature documentaries to film bugs?


I'm not saying it's going to be necessary, and it will be a fairly pricey rental compared to the 135mm and probably significantly slower. They just are offset so that the camera is at a right angle (although other orientations are possible) to the long periscope, so that the camera does not shadow the subject when you are so close to it. The lens is usually very small too so that it can get into smaller places.


I was just saying it could resolve some potential issues that may or may not come up- not that it is the only way to do what you want to do.

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