"""""""""You should also try and check out some of the Illumina lenses. T/1.3 set of 5 lenses just under $30000. A bit more than the CP set, but t/1.3. I'd expect to have to shoot those around t/2 for most work, but having the option to open up makes me happy.
Getting back to the Zeiss CP.2 set, I'd almost definitely skip the Zeiss 18mm at t/3.5. This is extra "bad" as the wide shots where you are likely to use it are the ones you'll have the most difficulty putting light into. So, even if you are happy working at 2.8, I'd grab the RPP 18mm instead.[/QUOTE]"""""""""""""
I work a lot with CP.2s ,and i like them, and for sure its away better than work with canon glasses , i have my Scarlet coming on the way and i'm researching wich lens to buy , no budget for cookes , no budget for ultra primes. , the only lens that fills the gap betwen canon still glass and ultra primes are CP.2.
i would like to buy the Alura 18-80 but 10 months wait, will kill my bussines.
And them i did read you saying about the Illumina , thats when i found this....
It really scares anyone.
The CP.2 set that i rent looks perfect compared to this.
Its matter of busines level, it is dificult to have a "real" feedback from people who look through a EVF that costs almost more than my entire camera set. joking.
I cant spend more money renting them, and dont have money for panchros , and something that turns things really more dficulty is the wait time...8 months...and needs to get it paid in full when place the order.
I think i'm pretty decided to go for CP.2 ,
I own a set of Zeiss CP1 (same glass as CP2) and a RedPro Zoom 17-50 and must say that im amazed, how good the zoom is in comparison. Wide open itīs clearly sharper than the CP - actually its nearly as sharp as the Ultraprimes. Im not to happy about the chromatic aberrations on the CP. You can already see the aberrations on a professional lensprojector and it can be quite annoying on graphic shots. Im happy with the lenses for the price and use them on low budget shoots, but would always consider renting better glass for bigger projects.
CPs are definitely soft compared to any modern (or even some not so modern) zooms. I have found they are out performed by every zoom I own - cooke 20-100, technovision 25-250, ekran 25-80, and of course the duclos 11-16.
Obviously, wide open they are going to be a bit soft.
Super Speeds behave the same don't they? I remember Dave Mullen saying that Super Speeds at 2.8 were as sharp as UltraPrimes.
Obviously, there are slower lenses in the CP line, and THOSE...yeah...are going to be problematic at T3 (the 18 and 25 in particular). The 21 should pe pretty sharp wide open.
The 35, 50 and 85 are supposed to be based on those Super Speed designs, and the 28 F2 is based on a cinema design also. But the true still lens designs in the set (again, 18 and 25 in particular) are probably the real weak points.
Its for this very reason that I've been looking to get a Standard Prime 16mm as a wide, cuz my 18mm wont cut it.
But the 1.4's in this set RULE.
I Have never used them when I had the opertunity to shot them at their best. One job, I had to shoot a big green screen thing, and at the last minute they told me they wanted to shoot at 1 200th of a second shutter. OK, so much for my nice fat stop. All the other times I have used them, I have been working at somewhere between a 2-2.8 split, and they didn't impress me there either. I go out of my way to not use them now. If they aren't any good at the stops I shot most interiors at, they aren't any good to me.
To be clear, they are not horrible by themselves. They just suck compared to better lenses if that makes any sense. I think you could work away quite happily if you didn't work with better lenses all the time. My issues with them are -
-Generally on the soft side till you stop down - i've never had the luxury to stop down till they looked good.
-They flare really easily. Particularly veiling flare when there is something bright in the frame. They don't have nice flares with point sources either.
- They are not "snappy" they are relatively low contrast. This would probably improve with a fatter stop. I know contrast can be added in post, but I don't want to have to .
- the not having consistent stops is really annoying.
On the plus side, they are light, have excellent markings, and are very AC friendly.
Just my opinion, some people love them.
I wish i could double my lens budget , and wait 1 year to get some cookes.
What about CIne Xenars?
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