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  1. Fujinon MK 50-135mm T2.9 Zoom Lens

    The Fujinon MK series 50-135mm T2.9 zoom lens is a medium-telephoto zoom designed for E-mount cameras with NEX or super 35 sensors, like the Sony FS7 and a6500.  It can also work with FE-mount cameras in crop mode.

    The continuous T2.9 aperture, fixed length, and three standard 0.8 pitch gears make this a powerful option for both scripted and run-and-gun shooting styles. The lens is entirely non-electric, meaning that focus, zoom, and aperture are controlled manually, although a servo motor can be easily installed. The lens has an 85mm outside diameter and 82mm front threads. The lens also features a macro mode, which moves the close focus point from 1.2m to 0.85m.

    Jon’s Take:

    “Fujinon has combined the best parts of great cinema and broadcast lenses together into what is probably the most useful set of zooms available for Sony’s E-mount video cameras. The MK series is somehow able to be lightweight, sharp, relatively fast, and still affordable. The Fuji pedigree shows through with adjustable back focus, for a perfect parfocal lens. In addition, breathing is near zero, flares are relatively well-controlled, and the lenses are usable even wide open. 

    As for negatives, the MK series is only for E-mount cameras and can’t be easily adapted to EF, PL, or used for full frame.  The E mount standard does have some play, so shooters used to PL will probably want to use a lens support.”

     

     

    Rental Prices

    $49 for 1 day
    $98 for up to 3 days
    $147 for up to 7 days
    Call or email for availability.

    Suggested accessories:

    Sony Camera
    82mm Filters

  2. SLR Magic APO Hyperprime 4-lens Set

    The SLR Magic APO Hyperprime Cine 4-lens set is a highly-reviewed family of full frame apochromatic cine prime lenses with a matched T2.1 aperture. The rental kit includes:

    SLR Magic APO Hyperprime Cine 25mm T2.1
    SLR Magic APO Hyperprime Cine 32mm T2.1
    SLR Magic APO Hyperprime Cine 50mm T2.1
    SLR Magic APO Hyperprime Cine 85mm T2.1

    We offer this rental in your choice of EF or Arri PL mounts.

    The lenses project a 44mm image circle, covering all full frame standards and the 7K resolution of the Red Weapon VV. Standard gears control the manual focus and iris, with a 300-degree focus rotation. Focus is internal, maintaining lens length throughout. Each lens has a 95mm front diameter for clamp-on matte boxes, and also features an 82mm front thread for round filters. Your rental includes a hard case.

     

    Jon’s Take:

    “The apochromatic design of the SLR Magic APO Hyperprime series is previously unheard of in an “affordable” cine lens. High-contrast areas are rendered without the magenta/green fringing common to most lenses. The lenses are sharp, but not clinical, and effective through the entire aperture range. Vignetting is modest on full frame, and negligible on s35. Breathing is almost nonexistent. The SLR Magic APO series invites comparisons to the Cooke S4i series, and holds up exceptionally well, considering you could buy ten SLR Magic lenses for the price of one Cooke. The biggest drawback of the set is no extreme telephoto or wide angle.”

     

    Rental Prices

    $199 for 1 day
    $398 for up to 3 days
    $597 for up to 7 days
    Call or email for availability.

    Suggested accessories:
    Matte Box
    Rails
    Follow Focus

  3. Zeiss ZE Super Speed 3-Lens Set

    The Zeiss ZE lens family are full frame lenses designed for Canon EF mounts. The 35mm, 50mm, and 85mm in this kit are all f/1.4, great for creating shallow depth of field and working with limited light. These lenses are all manual focus only, with electronic iris control.

    Advantages over the standard Canon 50mm photo primes include hard focus stops, longer focus barrel rotation, and sharper optics edge-to-edge.  Nearly all reviewers rate the Zeiss performance ahead of Canon’s L-series primes.

    Rental Prices

    $99 for 1 day
    $198 for up to 3 days
    $297 for up to 7 days
    Call or email for availability.

    Suggested accessories:
    Canon DSLR

  4. Rokinon Cine DS Lens Kit EF

    The Rokinon Cine DS Lens Kit includes seven prime lenses covering a complete range of focal lengths. All of the lenses feature 0.8 mod gears on focus and iris, declicked apertures, and fully manual operation.

    These lenses have a Canon EF mount, and can easily be adapted to other camera mounts as well. Each of the lenses (except for the 8mm) covers full frame sensors.

    Your rental includes:
    Rokinon 8mm T3.8 EF
    Rokinon 14mm T3.1 EF
    Rokinon 24mm T1.5 EF
    Rokinon 35mm T1.5 EF
    Rokinon 50mm T1.5 EF
    Rokinon 85mm T1.5 EF
    Rokinon 135mm T2.2 EF
    7-lens hard case

     

    Jon’s Take:

    “The Rokinon Cine DS lenses tend to flare more than their bigger-budget cinema lens counterparts, and maybe aren’t as sharp wide open. But in most situations, audiences won’t ever see their weaknesses. Most of the lenses are incredibly fast, up to T1.5. Their greatest strength is accessibility on a budget, with a relatively small size and weight. For shoots without an AC, they should always be considered, simply because they are easier to handle (and less expensive to replace).”

     

    Rental Prices

    $149 for 1 day
    $298 for up to 3 days
    $447 for up to 7 days
    Call or email for availability.
  5. SLR Magic Anamorphic 1.33x PL Lens Set

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    The SLR Magic Anamorphot 1.33x anamorphic 3-lens set with PL mount is the only anamorphic lens set that’s priced to be within reach of independent filmmakers and medium-budget commercials.  All three lenses are designed to create 2.35:1 ultra-widescreen images on cameras with super 35-sized sensors. The 50mm and 70mm lenses also cover full frame.

    The lenses are PL mount, and can easily be adapted to shoot on Sony E mount. They have a uniform 82mm front filter thread.

    The kit includes SLR Magic Anamorphot-Cine 1.33x 35mm T2.4 PL, SLR Magic Anamorphot-Cine 1.33x 50mm T2.8 PL, SLR Magic Anamorphot-Cine 1.33x 70mm T4 PL, and a hard case.

    Until now, budget anamorphic meant using an anamorphic adapter with a separate taking lens. Using a complete system prevents optical alignment problems and greatly simplifies focus. The SLR Magic specialized coating emphasizes the horizontal “blue streak” type flare from bright highlights.

    These lenses are fully manual and have no electronic communication with the camera. You must adjust aperture and focus manually. You may want to consider renting a follow focus and rails system. The unique front-element focus rotates and extends while focusing, making matte boxes inadvisable for this kit.

     

    Rental Prices

    $399 for 1 day
    $798 for up to 3 days
    $1197 for up to 7 days
    Call or email for availability.

    Suggested accessories:

    Monitor with de-squeeze
    Follow focus

  6. Zeiss CP2 6-Lens Set EF Mount

    Zeiss CP2 Lens Set

    Zeiss CP2 lenses have become a standard for film and television productions.  These cinema primes offer full-frame coverage for DSLRs and speedboosters, and are equally at home on cinema cameras with EF mounts and DSLRs.  We offer this set of six lenses, including the “super speed” 35mm, 50mm, and 85mm lenses.

    Shooting on a matching lens set means your shots will all have the same color, contrast, and look.  The fourteen-blade iris makes for near-perfect bokeh and Zeiss’ T* coating reduces reflections and flare.  These lenses are fully manual, and the barrel sizes are matched for easy lens changes, even behind a mattebox and follow focus. They have imperial markings (in feet). Your rental includes a hard case.

    Lenses included:

    Zeiss CP.2 21mm T2.9 EF
    Zeiss CP.2 28mm T2.1 EF
    Zeiss CP2 35mm T1.5 EF

    Zeiss CP.2 50mm T1.5 EF
    Zeiss CP.2 85mm T1.5 EF
    Zeiss CP.2 100mm T2.1 EF

    Insurance is required for this rental.

    6-lens Set

    $249 for 1 day
    $498 for up to 3 days
    $747 for up to 7 days
    Call or email for availability.
  7. Rokinon 135mm T2.2 Cine Lens

    The Rokinon 135mm T2.2 EF Mount Lens is a manual focus telephoto lens for full frame video cameras, perfect for the filmmaker balancing the needs of a production against a tight budget. All of Rokinon’s Cine DS lenses feature a de-clicked aperture, consistent color reproduction across focal lengths, standard focus gears, and T-stop markings on both sides of the barrel.

    We rent a complete set of Rokinon Cine DS lenses, from 8mm to 135. Samyang, Rokinon, and Bower are three identical lens brands all made by the same company, using the same optical formula.

    This lens is a great length for close ups and portraits, especially on full frame cameras. It can also be mounted on super 35 and APS-C cameras, making it a more extreme telephoto.

    Jon’s Take:

    “The Rokinon Cine DS lenses tend to flare more than their bigger-budget cinema lens counterparts, and won’t match for corner sharpess wide open. But in most situations, audiences won’t ever see the difference between them. Their greatest strength is accessibility on a budget, with a relatively small size and weight. For shoots without an AC, they should always be considered, simply because they are easier to handle (and less expensive to replace).”

     

    Brand Rokinon
    Name 135mm Cine DS T2.2 EF
    Focal Length 135 mm
    Maximum Aperture T 2.2
    Mount Type Canon EF
    Focus Manual
    Focus Hard Stops yes
    Focus Gear 0.8 Mod
    Iris Manual Declicked
    Front Threads 77 mm
    Close Focus Distance 0.8 m
    Maximum Magnification 4:1

     


    May we suggest:

    Rokinon Cine DS Lens Kit

    77mm filters

    Rental Prices

    $39 for 1 day
    $78 for up to 3 days
    $117 for up to 7 days
    Call or email for availability

     

  8. SLR Magic Rangefinder Cine Adapter

    The SLR Magic Rangefinder Cine lens adapter gives you cine-style focus control of any lens. It’s a variable diopter that adjusts from 0 to +1, giving you focus from infinity to 1m, with a standard focus gear. It has 77mm rear threads and 82mm front threads.

    The Rangefinder is naturally paired with the SLR Magic Anamorphot adapters, or any vintage anamorphic projector adapter that’s been converted for use with spherical taking lenses. It’s also useful for adding a focus gear and standard rotation to any lens, including Nikon lenses that otherwise focus “backwards.”

    Rental Prices

    $29 for 1 day
    $58 for up to 3 days
    $87 for up to 7 days
    Call or email for availability.

    Suggested accessories:

    Monitor with de-squeeze
    Stepping Ring

  9. SLR Magic Anamorphot 2x-50 Anamorphic Adapter

    The SLR Magic Anamorphot 2.0x-50 anamorphic lens adapter converts your spherical taking lens into an anamorphic lens with 2x squeeze. Designed to bring the big-budget cinemascope film look to smaller productions, the adapter adds the coveted “anamorphic look.”

    The 2x squeeze converts 4:3 video into 2.67:1, and 16:9 video into a 3.56:1 ratio. Typically, this will be cropped to the 2.39:1 cinemascope standard in editing.

    Any lens adapter requires a bit of patience and skill to use effectively, especially anamorphic adapters. We advise a few test shoots before using the adapter on critical work. Pairing the Anamorphot 2x with various taking lenses will produce different results. Depending on your aperture, sensor size, lens length, and desired final aspect ratio, you may experience vignetting or corner softness. Focusing an anamorphic adapter is typically easiest with a variable diopter (a.k.a a single-focus system) like the SLR Magic Rangefinder. Without a single-focus system, the adapter and lens must be focused separately.

    In general, we’ve had the best results when paired with taking lenses that have:

    50 degree or narrower field of view (about 40mm on a full frame camera)
    non-rotating filter threads
    62mm or smaller front threads
    50mm or smaller front element size
    A fully manual focus option (not focus by wire)
    If they zoom, a fixed length while zooming

    Many shooters like the results from matching the anamorphot to vintage single-coated lenses like the Helios 44-2 and Jupiter 9. Check out our Anamorphic Adapter Crash Course on the blog to get started and be sure you have the accessories you’ll need. Definitely consider stepping rings, rails, lens supports, a Rangefinder, and follow focus. Spend some time to build and test your camera before shooting with it. Getting precise alignment is critical for an ideal image, and can take some practice.

    The Anamorphot 2x-50 has a 62mm rear filter thread, you’ll need stepping rings to connect it to other sized lenses. The front thread is 77mm, the same as the rear threads on the SLR Magic Rangefinder. We include a lens collar/support with 1/4″-20 mounting hole for preventing unwanted rotation and reducing stress on the lens mount.

    If you’re looking for a simpler way to shoot anamorphic, we suggest our SLR Magic 1.33x Anamorphic PL Lens Set.

     

    Rental Prices

    $49 for 1 day
    $98 for up to 3 days
    $147 for up to 7 days
    Call or email for availability.

    Suggested accessories:

    Monitor with de-squeeze
    Rangefinder

  10. 50mm T1.5 Rokinon Cine Lens

    The Rokinon (or Samyang) 50mm T1.5 cine lens is part of Rokinon’s cinema lens series for the budget-minded cinematographer. Featuring a de-clicked aperture ring, and gears on the aperture and focus rings, the Rokinon cine lenses are ideal for film and video.

    This lens has an EF mount and 77mm front filter threads. It close-focuses to 18 inches.

    Rental Prices

    $39 for 1 day
    $78 for up to 3 days
    $117 for up to 7 days
    Call or email for availability.

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