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Onyx Cinema Tests Zeiss Lenses for Upcoming Short Film

My team from Onyx Cinema (@onyxcinema) and I recently tested Zeiss Milvus and Otus lenses to see how well they worked with our new Sony a7S II in 4K in preparation for a period piece short film that was in development. For this test, we used the bare-bones a7S II with EF adapter for the Milvus lenses and a SmallHD monitor to nail focus.

We chose the Zeiss (@CarlZeissLenses) lenses because of their reputation for being sharp and bright, and having amazing bokeh and a long focus throw. We were not disappointed. The images they helped produce were super clean and sharp. The edge-to-edge sharpness and bokeh made the footage of our model both clean and organic, which complemented the intimate nature of the shoot. We also used the new Otus 1.4/28 for a couple of slider shots. The light transmission from edge to edge and lack of distortion went many steps above the already amazing Milvus and Classic series.

Michael Shu

The reservations we had about the new ergonomics of the lens body turned out to be unfounded. Focus gears fit easily on the wide and rubberized focus ring of each lens. Additionally, when we used the lenses bare and pulled focus from the barrel, we found the Milvus lenses super-comfortable to use, which actually made a great difference in pulling focus.

Director/cinematographer Michael Shu (Twitter @steadimike) founded Onyx Cinema in 2010.