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Buyer’s Brief: Lenses and Accessories

This month’s Buyer’s Guide showcases some of the latest advances in optics and imaging technologies.

Canon U.S.A.

Compact-Servo 18-80mm Zoom

The Compact-Servo 18-80mm zoom lens (model CN-E18-80mm T4.4L IS KAS S) is a compact and lightweight 4K-ready lens constructed for optimal mobility. A bridge between traditional Canon EF photography lenses and CN-E cinema lenses, the Compact-Servo 18-80mm can be ideal for filmmakers and documentary shooters who want the control and quality of cinema optics with the lightweight, compact design and features of photography lenses. This cinema-style lens includes a newly developed servo drive unit as a standard feature. Additionally, the lens incorporates image stabilization and autofocus functionality (with compatible camera models), two extremely useful features not commonly found in cinema lenses, but which are ubiquitous in photography lenses. MSRP is $5,500.


NiSi IR ND and IR GND Filters

NiSi’s IR ND and IR GND filters are made of a single piece of high-quality optical glass and are optimized for 6K digital cameras. Each filter features NiSi’s dual-sided nano coating technology with infrared light pollution control. With their anti-reflective coating, these filters reduce glare to deliver a clear 6K digital image. NiSi has IR ND filters with seven different levels of light control (0.3-2.1), graduated filters (0.3-1.2) and polarizing filters. All filters are available in the following sizes: 4×4, 4×5.65 and 6.6×6.6. Ikan Corp. is the distributor of NiSi’s line of cinema filters.  


Variable Viewing Filter

Announced at the 2016 NAB Show, Tiffen’s Variable Viewing filter incorporates the company’s Variable ND filter, a photographic tool for controlling depth of field and exposure, and adds the ability to stack any Tiffen 49mm ring filter on it. This allows the user to add additional ND filters to increase the stop range, as well as polarizers, diffusion filters and special effects filters. The Variable Viewing filter provides 2 to 8 indexed stops of light control, which is selected by rotating the filter until reaching the desired amount of light reduction. The filter includes a 1.5-inch handle with lanyard for quick access. 

XEEN by Rokinon

135mm T2.2 Cine Lens

The 135mm T2.2 lens is the sixth member of the XEEN Professional Cine Lens series. Like all of its siblings, the 135mm is built for use as a cinema lens with the benefit of an image circle that covers a full-frame sensor. With a lightweight, all-metal design, it offers uncompromising 6K image quality. The 135mm T2.2 maintains the important characteristics of the system, including a uniform length and 114mm non-rotating front diameter for the easy use of matte boxes, and an 11-blade diaphragm for pleasing bokeh. It is available in mounts that are changable to PL, Canon, Nikon, Sony E and MFT. MSRP is $2,995 with a three-year limited warranty.