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Best Cine Prime Lenses for the Red Monstro 8K

What are the best cine prime lenses for the Red Monstro 8K?

Let’s look at the best cine prime lenses for the Red Monstro 8K camera.

First, here are some criteria for the lenses to qualify:

  • True cine lenses, not rehoused still lenses.
  • Must at the very least cover an image circle of 46.3 mm.

We won’t be looking at specialty lenses or anamorphic lenses. We’ll cover those in a separate article.

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Here’s a list of the best cine prime kits available for the Red Monstro 8K:

FeatureZEISS Supreme Angenieux OptimoCooke S7/iLeitz Cine THALIAPanavision Primo 70
Aperture Range^T1.5-T22T1.8-T22T2.0-T22 T2.8-T22 T2.0-T22
Front Diameter (mm)95/1149511095114
Blades in Iris169915N/A
Image Circle (mm)46.346.346.3160Covers Alexa 65
Close Focus (mm)^460407500300407
Weight (kg)^
Focal Lengths in KIt15-200mm18-200mm16-135mm24-180mm14-250mm
Consistent Length?*NoYesYesNoNo
Largest Consistent Aperture**T1.5T1.8T2T2.9T2.0
Focus Rotation (degrees)300300270270N/A
Price for 50mm (B&H, USD)^$20,625Not Released ($23,000)$23,400$30,700Rental Only

*For about four lenses in the kit, typically 24 to 85mm.

**If three of the lenses (among the middle five) are T1.5 but the other two are T2.1, then the largest consistent aperture is T2.1.

^For the 50mm lens in the lineup. For the Leitz Thalia it’s a 55mm.

My favorites?

I’ve only shot with a few of these, but for what it’s worth, my two favorites are:

Leitz Cine THALIA

These are probably the lenses I wouldn’t hesitate to use right now if I had them. Note the following:

  • 15-blade iris, which is probably enough (Master Primes have only 9)
  • Future-proof – use it on anything.

Angenieux Optimo Primes

I had a chance to test them at Broadcast India (just the 40mm), and I’ve seen sample videos and to be honest the look is incredible:

  • Smooth bokeh and great skin tone
  • Warm organic look – matches Optimo zooms
  • Angenieux are experimenting with removable aperture blades and an internal lens element!

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