Let’s look at the best cine prime lenses for the Arri Alexa Mini LF and LF cameras.
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 44.2 mm.
- For a lens to be labelled vintage it must be designed to mimic older lenses (it can’t be accidental).
Here’s a list of the best cine prime kits available for the Arri Alexa Mini LF and Alexa LF:
|Feature||Tokina Vista One||Tribe7 Blackwing7||Panavision Primo Artiste|
|Front Diameter (mm)||114||114||114|
|Blades in Iris||9||14||N/A|
|Image Circle (mm)||46.7||48||Covers Alexa 65|
|Close Focus (mm)^||480||407||406|
|Focal Lengths in KIt||18-105mm||27-137mm||27-250mm|
|Largest Consistent Aperture**||T1.5||T1.9||T1.8|
|Focus Rotation (degrees)||300||270||N/A|
|Price for 50mm^||N/A (Only as a set)||$10,000-11,700^^||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.
^^The Blackwing7 goes to T1.8, but with greater flare. They cost $12,700.
I’m not much of a vintage guy, though if I had to pick one to test I’m most interested in the Tokina Vista One vintage lenses.