We recently got our hands on some beautiful Zeiss, PL mount cine lenses and the results were worth a little blog post we think!
On the shoot we had to use plenty of high quality ND filters as it was a really sunny day and the brief we were given wanted a shallow, cinematic depth of field to the shots.
These lenses use the cinema standard T (Transmission) stops instead of F (Focal length) stops. To find out the difference between T and F watch this interesting video from Youtuber Wolfcrow.
Shooting wide open at T1.5 created a stunning 'Bokeh' to the shots. The image from the lens has a certain analogue softness to it despite being shot on a digital camera - the Sony a7sii. Using these lenses created (probably) the best looking image we've seen from an a7sii. For a really in-depth look at Bokeh check out this great article by phlearn.
The way light is interpreted by the lens creates a flattering tone to the shots that was a real joy to work with. Also the way skin tones came out looked spot on.
To see the video footage this shoot produced check out the video. (We didn't edit this by the way)
If you would like a cinematic flare to your video then we now have our own in-house cine lenses at Fluxx Films and we love using them! They are not Zeiss PL mount but they are still super sick. See some images below from a recent shoot for a taster...