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Cinema Lens Guide – How to Convert Your Stills Lenses into Cinema Lenses

Caleb Pike at Dslr Video Shooter has posted a really great guide with some simple tips to make your stills photo lenses more usable in a video context – Turn Your Photo Lenses Into a Cinema Lens Set.

Many people are using excellent older stills lenses from the 70’s and 80’s to shoot video on their DSLR cameras as they can be bought quite affordably second hand, they are generally superb quality glass and the key point is that they have a manual aperture ring which will allow the smooth and seamless aperture changes necessary when filming video (once the aperture has been de-clicked).

(I have a set of old Zeiss-Contax lenses that I have gathered over time which give that famous Zeiss look and are very sharp prime lenses for a reasonable price.)

He goes through the process of de-clicking the aperture (removing the little ball bearing inside the aperture ring that makes the ring ‘click’ from one F-stop to another), which can be a DIY process on some lenses, guides available on YouTube etc, fitting an adapter so that lens will mount on your camera and adding lens gears so that you pull focus using an ‘Follow focus’.

Well worth a look….

via Cinema Lens Guide – How to Convert Your Lenses into Cinema Lenses.