Cinema Technician, Dave Goldgaber, gives a breakdown on some of Flüg's lenses, along with helpful information for determining what to use on your next project.
All lenses listed here are available for rent at Scheimpflüg.
The full listing of our lens inventory can be seen here.
Arri Master Primes
The Arri Master Primes are based on Zeiss’s original, “Super High Speed” lenses that were introduced in the mid-1970’s. A partnership between Arri and Zeiss began and led to a redesign, based on Arri’s new PL (Positive Lock) mount at the time. In 2005, after many years of success with their high speed lenses, Arri/Zeiss announced a new set of lenses, the Master Primes.
The Master Primes are very high-quality cinema lenses and are famous for their speed and the tack-sharp images they produce.
Top-notch optics. Very fast with a max aperture of T1.3, making it a good choice for low-light shooting scenarios.
Rugged design. Can withstand the harshest elements.
All Master Prime lenses have integrated LDS, or lens data system, making lens status and information easy to access on the camera or wireless focus accessories.
Most of the focal lengths, except some wider lenses will cover 6K and other iterations of the Red Dragon formats.
Things To Consider
They are extremely expensive to buy. Renting is the only other option but will be out of reach for most low to no budget productions.
The lenses are physically larger and heavier than other brands. It’s OK for steadicam or Handheld work, but will be tough on the operator for longer shooting periods.
Credits: No Country For Old Men, King Kong, House of Cards, Tron: Legacy, Oblivion, Furious 7
Leica Summicron-C Primes
The Leica Summicron-C lenses are available for rent at Flüg. They are fairly new to the world of high-end cinema lenses. They are compared to the look of their legendary still lenses and were designed to deliver the utmost in optical performance for film and especially digital cinema.
They are small in size and weight and the perfect choice for handheld or gimbal shooting scenarios. At a max aperture of T2, they aren’t the fastest but they resolve extremely high resolutions.
Modern design with high-precision optics.
Small and lightweight, making it a good match for steadicam, run and gun and gimbal shoots.
The Image circle is larger than 35mm, meaning ALL focal lengths will cover the Red Dragon in 6K mode.
Things to Consider
Not as fast as their big brother Summilux-C T1.4 lenses or other brands.
Not as many focal lengths to choose from compared to Master Primes or Cooke’s
Expensive to buy. Not as readily available as other brands.
Credits: Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon: Sword of Destiny, Snowden
Also new in Flüg Digital are the Cine Macrolux stackable diopters. These are compatible with spherical prime, zoom, and anamorphic lenses with a front diameter of 95mm. The Cine Macrolux goes beyond the standard function of a diopter, to decrease the minimum focus distance of the lens for macro imaging. Using it on a wide or mid-range focal length lenses throws the background further out of focus and accentuates beautiful elements like focus fall off and bokeh. Up to four dioters can be stacked for a +4 effect.
"No perceptible light loss, spherical aberrations, color fringing or centering issues. This means that in an interview setup with a close background you can create more separation without distorting the subject. It is also useful for creating separation when shooting at a deeper stop." - CW Sonderoptic
Angenieux Optimo Style Zooms
The Angenieux Optimo Style zoom lenses are a brand new series of lenses from one of the leading lens manufacturers in the world. The Optimo Style is really an extension of the original Optimo lenses.
Focal lengths available:
(Larger) Studio Zooms
Aside from being half the price of the older Optimo lightweight zooms, these lenses were designed for high resolution digital cinema camera sensors. They resolve high resolution and will cover 4K and 5K without issue.
Produces very smooth skin tones. They can also resolve high resolutions and cover 4K and 5K formats.
T-Stop is constant at 2.8 and does not “float” throughout the zoom range.
Lenses can match one another as well ask other high-end lenses such as Master Primes and Cooke’s.
The 16-40MM and 30-76MM are half the weight of most “lightweight” zooms on the market.
A separate servo unit (ASU) can be attached to the smaller zooms to make it a fully functional ENG-style lens with zoom rocker.
Lens mounts can be easily swapped between PL, Canon EF and Panavision PV
Things to Consider
Would need to take both 16-40MM and 30-76MM in order to cover a wide to long range and stay compact and lightweight.
The ASU can be tricky to attach/detach in the field and may not always come with the lens kit.
Credits: The Last Face, Point Break, Get On Up
Canon CN7X17 17-120mm T2.95-T3.9 Cine-Servo Zoom Lens
The Canon 17-120MM servo is sort of a hybrid lens that was designed for both cinema and broadcast applications.
Optically, the lens takes cue’s from the Canon CN-E prime lenses which are very high-performing. They are made with 4K productions in mind.
The lens is compact and lightweight and can easily be used by a single operator using the external servo unit.
If the lens is needed for a traditional film shoot, the servo can be detached within minutes and used manually or with third-party wireless follow focus units.
Covers a broad focal length from a wide 17MM to a tight 120MM and has a high zoom magnification of 7X
Buttery-smooth Focus, Zoom and Iris rings. With the Servo attached, the operator can dictate zoom speed.
Covers 4K formats.
Lightweight and perfect for steadicam, handheld and documentary work.
Available in EF or PL mounts.
Things To Consider
Optical quality not as good as higher-end prime lenses mentioned in this post.
A little on the slow-side. The lens has a “floating” t-stop range from 2.95 - 3.95 as the lens is zoomed in from 90-120MM.
Not suitable for shooting in 6K on the wide end of the lens.
Mount swaps need to be done at the Canon factory or by an experienced tech at a rental house.
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