Rokinon Adds 20mm Prime To XEEN Series Lenses


By Danny F. Santos (doddleNEWS) Rokinon Optics launched their XEEN series of lenses last year, and they are full of great features. The lenses are available in variety of mount options (PL, EF, F, E, M43), feature 11 blade irises, and a 200° focus rotation. Just last October, they added a … [Read more...]

XEEN 16mm Rounds Out Samyang’s Low Cost Cinema Prime Line


By James DeRuvo (doddleNEWS) Samyang has rounded their XEEN line with a new T2.6 16mm cinema prime lens. The 16mm lens joins the six other XEEN lenses including the 14mm, 24mm, 35mm, 50mm, 85mm and the 135mm and promises a nice 200° focus rotation to get in there nice and sharp. … [Read more...]

Schneider Xenon Prime Lenses Now Available For Sony E-Mount

Schneider E Mount FF Primes

By James DeRuvo (doddleNEWS) Schneider's Kreuznach Xenon FF Primes now have the option to be used with Sony's full-frame α7 series, thanks to their new E-mount option. This will give users high performance lenses  with which to capture images from the full-frame sensor that the α7 series … [Read more...]

Canon’s Nifty Fifty Has A New Competitor

yongnuo 50mm lens f 1.8

YongNuo EF Offers sharp options for even less than Canon By James DeRuvo (doddleNEWS) If you're a Canon DSLR shooter, you should have a Nifty Fifty lens (50mm prime lens) in that camera bag of yours. That's because even though it's relatively unused by most, the nifty fifty is often the first … [Read more...]

Veydra Announces Micro Four Thirds Cinema Primes, No Adapter Needed


Designed for Blackmagic and Panasonic Cameras By James DeRuvo (doddleNEWS) While we're all pretty much obsessed with the digital wave of cameras that have been coming out of late, it really is the glass that tells the tale.  The one thing that has been missing from such micro four-thirds … [Read more...]

RED Announces Sale on Pro Prime and Zoom Lenses


By James DeRuvo (doddleNEWS) Thanks to a surplus stock of RED Pro Prime and Zoom lenses, and lower repair forecast for the foreseeable future, RED has announced an incredible sale. … [Read more...]

Zeiss Otus 85mm Lens Ships

Zeiss Otus 85

Dubbed "World's best lens" By James DeRuvo (doddleNEWS) Zeiss. It doesn't get much better, really. And even in their world of cinematic glass, Zeiss has a defining mark for a lens, and it happens to be the Zeiss Otus 85mm, which is shipping this week. And Zeiss says it's the best still lens in … [Read more...]

Zeiss Announces Prime eMount Lenses

Zeiss Loxia 35mm 50mm E-mount

Loxia Line Designed with Full-Frame Sony A7S in Mind By James DeRuvo (doddleNEWS) Zeiss is known for gorgeous glass, and the new Loxia line of primes is no different. Designed with e-mounts for full-frame cameras like the Sony A7S in mind, the first two lenses are a the Loxia 50mm f/2.0 and … [Read more...]

Tutorial Turns Photo Lenses into Cinema Glass

Image credit: DSLR Video Shooter

By James DeRuvo (doddleNEWS) Shooting with a DSLR buys you the ability to use a vast array of great photo lenses from the "old days." There's a Nikkor 105mm from the 60s that's considered one of the best lenses ever made (I have one and it's incredible). And Sigma is making some incredible budget … [Read more...]

Cinematics CT.2 Lenses Half the Price of Zeiss Cousins


Made of refurbished Zeiss Still lenses By James DeRuvo (doddleNEWS) If you're like Shane Hurlbut or Phillip Bloom, you're at the peak of your career and can swing some hefty primes to include in your lens kit, as you go from film project to film project. But if you're just starting out and … [Read more...]

Schneider Offers Stout Rebates on Cine Xenar III Lenses


By James DeRuvo (doddleNEWS) With all the deals that are bounding around like a racquet ball this Black Friday, there's one deal that filmmakers will certainly appreciate. Schneider Optics has announced a hefty $2500 rebate on their set of Cine Xenar III Lenses. It's not exactly a door buster, … [Read more...]

New Technique Improves Image Quality in Budget Lenses


Algorithm uses "cross channeling" to sharpen images By James DeRuvo (doddleNEWS) Researchers have developed a complex computer algorithm which can make any garden variety DSLR lens look like a $20,000 cinema prime.  The algorithm looks at the geometric and chromatic aberrations of a lens and … [Read more...]