Sorry for all of the tech posts lately, but I fallen hopelessly behind on updating this blog and there is no shortage of new kit sitting in my office to be blathered about. I am sure that some who read this site will find at least a little useful info in these posts. Not all of this new gear is modern, "cutting edge" stuff though. I have found that a big part of making the dSLR into a usable production tool is manual control of the lens. The Nikons that I have been using have some quirks when it comes to manual control, but most of these can be worked around with a little patients. I have found, however, that having a non-chipped, true manual focus lens is a definite plus oven the modern versions used for still photography.
(Un)fortunately for me, I have now acquired two sets of lenses, one for stills and now, one consisting of manual Ai lenses to convert for cinema use. As I said earlier, I am using a Nikon system for shooting motion right now, so using Nikon lenses is necessary, but there is the added benefit of these lenses having a very long flange depth, meaning that they will also work on many other systems including Canon and the Red cameras, in fact they have been pretty popular among Red shooters lately, due to their low cost and excellent optics.
So far I have purchased a set consisting of 24/2.8, 28/2.8, 50/1.8, and 85/2. This is what I would call the "budget" package, but there are faster versions of these lenses around and I would really like to expand my set when the right copies show up.
20/2.8 24/2.0 28/2.0 35/1.4 50/1.2 85/1.4 105/1.8 135/2.0
I even have a few reasons to invest in some of these coming up...
More to come, check back soon. -J.H.