A closer look at the Sigma 16mm F1.4 DC DN for Micro Four Thirds

We’ve got a pair of Sigma 16mm F1.4 DC DN lenses in the office: one for Micro Four Thirds and the other for Sony E-mount. In this article we have some impressions of the MFT version, as well as some other lenses in this class worth considering.

The 16mm F1.4 acts as a 32mm equivalent lens on the Micro Four Thirds platform. It’s an interesting focal length to end up with: not quite 28mm equiv., which many people would consider the gateway to wide-angle, but also noticeably wider than the near-normal of 35mm equiv. I didn’t expect it to make any difference but found myself constantly fighting against too much stuff creeping into the edges of the frame in a way that I don’t with a 35mm.

In terms of handling, I felt the 16mm worked best when mounted on the larger Micro Four Thirds camera that feature prominent hand grips: its comparatively long length feeling a little unbalanced on the smaller, rangefinder-style boxes, though it’s light enough that it doesn’t end up feeling too front-heavy. The lens’s only control point is a large by-wire focusing ring. It’s a little under-damped for my tastes, rotating fairly freely but it was effective on the few occasions I ended up having to manual focus (turns out LED Christmas lights and autofocus do not always play nicely with one-another).

Optically, I was pretty impressed with the lens, the F1.4 (F2.8 35mm-equivalent) aperture gave me plenty of control over depth-of-field and sufficient light for low-light work. Sharpness seems good if not necessarily stellar and with what appears to be pretty good cross-frame consistency, until you reach the extreme corners. As you’d expect, the performance gets better if you stop down a couple of notches. The 16mm is pretty resistant to flare, even → continue…

From:: DPreview

SLR Magic 2x Anamorphot-CINE Video Review

By Stefan Haselgruber

I took SLR Magic’s 2x Anamophit-CINE lenses set for a spin with the GH5. Here are my personal impressions of working with them.

The cinematic look has personally always fascinated me.

For that reason, I often try to create this look (as many others out there) with modest means, even though I might not be able to afford a high-end cinema camera, like the Arri Alexa or beautiful cinema primes.

However, the SLR Magic 2x Anamorphot-CINE Lens Set are the first anamorphic lenses that I have ever used, I can tell you my experience, what I learned and discovered.

Anamorphic Test Footage Video

The video above is shot on the GH5 in the 4:3 Anamorphic Mode and the SLR Magic 2x Anamorphot-CINE Lens Set, in 6K/25p. We uploaded it in 4K on YouTube for practical reasons.

35mm T2.4 (MFT Mount)
50mm T2.8 (MFT Mount)
70mm T4 (MFT Mount)

(Links to B&H and CVP below this post for pricing and availability!)

These lenses were specifically made with an MFT mount for GH5 users to utilize the camera’s unique anamorphic 4:3 shooting mode that can use its full 6K resolution.

Getting used to shooting anamorphic

Hopefully after watching this video you get an impression of how the lens set performs. Filling the frame and creating a beautiful composition in the anamorphic wide screen format is for sure something new and took me a bit of time of getting used to.

The GH5 has an in-camera anamorphic de-squeeze mode that enables you to see the actual 2.66:1 aspect ratio picture on set. This function is a major help in judging and feeling the created frame – enabling me as a cameraman to react → continue…

From:: Cinema 5d

UPDATE: FUJINON 1 Minute Film Competition Adds Zacuto Scissor Lens Support to Prize

By Nino Leitner

We want to give you a short update on the status of our FUJINON 1 Minute Film Competition, which opened for submissions just before the holidays at the end of 2017.

Submit your entry and win!

With entries only closing on January 21st, there’s still plenty of time to shoot YOUR submission to this 1 Minute Film Competition – with the main incredible prize a SET of both FUJINON MK lenses, namely the FUJINON MK18.55mm T2.9 & MK50-135mm T2.9 (E-Mount or MFT modified versions of the lenses) for the main prize winner, and equally amazing prizes for the runners-up, with a FUJIFILM X-T2 camera with a FUJIFILM XF 16-55mm f/2.8 R LM WR lens for the 2nd prize winner and a FUJIFILM X-E3 camera with a FUJIFILM 18-55mm lens for the 3rd place prize.

1st Prize Addition: Zacuto Scissor Lens Support

Zacuto generously reached out to us to add another prize to the 1st prize, the FUJINON MK lens set: They will supply one of their Scissor Lens Supports for the lenses to the overall winner, for free! Thanks Zacuto for this generous addition. This is a very smart lens support design and a $200 value.

Check out the video below to learn more about the Zacuto Scissor lens support:

Head over to the announcement post by clicking here for all the details in case you also want to submit an entry.

We have already received DOZENS of amazing entries to the competition (click here) which you can check out and help shortlist by clicking the YouTube like button on the videos.

Our FUJINON 1 MINUTE FILM COMPETITION playlist on YouTube is constantly updated.

Competition → continue…

From:: Cinema 5d