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.
Here’s a list of the best cine prime kits available for the Red Monstro 8K:
|Feature||ZEISS Supreme||Angenieux Optimo||Cooke S7/i||Leitz Cine THALIA||Panavision Primo 70|
|Front Diameter (mm)||95/114||95||110||95||114|
|Blades in Iris||16||9||9||15||N/A|
|Image Circle (mm)||46.3||46.3||46.31||60||Covers Alexa 65|
|Close Focus (mm)^||460||407||500||300||407|
|Focal Lengths in KIt||15-200mm||18-200mm||16-135mm||24-180mm||14-250mm|
|Largest Consistent Aperture**||T1.5||T1.8||T2||T2.9||T2.0|
|Focus Rotation (degrees)||300||300||270||270||N/A|
|Price for 50mm (B&H, USD)^||$20,625||Not Released ($23,000)||$23,400||$30,700||Rental 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.
I’ve only shot with a few of these, but for what it’s worth, my two favorites are:
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.
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!