Digital Cameras / Manual Lenses.

Since the introduction of HD video capable digital SLR cameras a whole cottage industry has sprung up, driven mainly by DSLR filmers themselves.

It didn’t take many pro (and amateur) film makers to realise that whilst the quality was amazing on these new products from Japan, there was no need, to spend thousands of pounds for example on Canon or Nikon autofucus lens systems as you had to manually focus in Movie mode anyway.

The film below was shot entirely on a Canon 550D about a year ago using several Olympus OM Zuiko manual focus lenses (attached to the Canon body usitilising an adapter I bought from eBay for £6). Had I bought comparable Canon glass I would have been down to the tune of at least £5,000 – a Canon EF 50mm f1.2 costs well in excess of a grand – an Olympus OM Zuiko 50mm f1.2 about £300, a Canon EF 100mm f2.8 about £470 an optically similar Olly £90.

Whilst obviously being a test outing for my then new (old) analogue optics, (all the lenses date from the 70’s or 80’s) – I think the film displays the incredible quality gained for a fraction of the price by using Olympus OM system glass.



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