After shooting exclusively with prime lenses for four years, we really wanted to add a decent Zoom lens to our kit.
There were two reasons for this, the first, it’s more convenient as a “walk around” lens or in a “run and gun” situation where it’s just not feasible to keep changing lenses over.
Secondly, and equally important, we’ve missed the extra creative freedom they give you when composing a shot. It’s fun to play with both the positioning of the camera and the focal range of the lens at the same time and this often allows for a more exciting shot. With a new short film project soon to go into production, this was perhaps the most pressing reason for us to go for it.
After a fair bit of shopping around, we settled on the Sigma 17-50mm. The reason was simple, it’s a good quality lens at a good price.
Below are some stills from a test shoot using the Zoom lens.
But while lens shopping, another beauty caught our eye… Having seen some footage shot using a Sigma 19mm F2.8 DN “Art” lens, we were so impressed with the sharpness and overall quality of image that this lens produced, we decided to add it to our lens collection too.
The Sigma 19mm is a high-performance wide angle lens designed exclusively for mirrorless interchangeable lens cameras and has the equivalent angle of view as a 38mm (35mm equivalent focal length) on the Micro FourThirds systems.
After our own tests, this one could well become one of our favourite lenses.
Below are some stills from a test shoot using the 19mm “Art” Lens.
Gobe is a UK based online company that sells professional lens filters and Memory Cards that are extremely ecofriendly. According to their website:
We love nature; it inspires us as photographers and drives us to build a sustainable business. We continue to develop ways of reducing our environmental footprint and now we plant trees with every purchase! Giving customers a means of action in the fight to restore damaged ecosystems, just by choosing Gobe.
Also, according to their website their filters use premium grade “Optical Glass” and are designed and built for adventure photographers and cinematographers. All this sounded like a great combination to us, so we decided to try their vari-ND filter. All the footage below was shot using it.