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  1. #1 Favorite Zeiss classic (zf.2 etc) SLR lenses for cinematography? 
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    In particular curious about 15mm f2.8 vs 18mm f3.5 and 21mm f2.8 vs 25mm f2
    have 18 and 25 but saw some super enthusiastic comments on 15 and 21
    For s35 which wold you rather have in your kit?
    Also - do many use 100mm or 135mm on a regular basis? (assuming you have 2 of above and also 35, 50, and 85)
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    Quote Originally Posted by Mike Finegan View Post
    In particular curious about 15mm f2.8 vs 18mm f3.5 and 21mm f2.8 vs 25mm f2
    have 18 and 25 but saw some super enthusiastic comments on 15 and 21
    For s35 which wold you rather have in your kit?
    Also - do many use 100mm or 135mm on a regular basis? (assuming you have 2 of above and also 35, 50, and 85)
    15 is superb. 18 is a legacy design I like, but 15 is flawless optically, faster, and has no distortion.

    21 is an amazing design, period.

    We us a 100 every now and then, not as often as an 85. 135 almost rarely. 180 alot.
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    The 15mm and the 21mm (the 21mm in particular) are two of my favourite lenses ever. They just make everything you point them at look good. They're two lenses you'll never regret owning.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Mark K. View Post
    The 15mm and the 21mm (the 21mm in particular) are two of my favourite lenses ever. They just make everything you point them at look good. They're two lenses you'll never regret owning.
    +1 to that. Especially the 15mm. It is SHOCKINGLY good.
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    The Milvus version of the 15mm has a detachable hood for filter use. Well worth it.
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    I have found this thread and want to bump it with a relevant update:

    New Zeiss 25mm f/1.4 - looks very good. It does weigh an entire 1lbs more than the 21mm and an inch longer - important note for more solo op / docu work, which I do.

    That said, on an S35 sensor: thoughts between a Milvus 21mm vs new Milvus 25mm?

    I am looking at a Milvus kit with: 15, (21 or 25), 35 (new 1.4 version), 50, 85.

    I could technically swing both if it's REALLY worth it but that gets pricey, fast. The 25mm is significantly more $$, but also a newer/faster design.

    Thoughts on 21 vs 25 focal length for S35?

    Thank you!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Daniel Cegla View Post
    Thoughts on 21 vs 25 focal length for S35?

    Thank you!
    The 25 1.4 will be super useful. But when you want to get wide, few things beat an 18 or 21.
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    Thank you Nick. So on S35, if I had a 15mm on the wide, then a 25, (along with 35, 50, 85) - do you think I would miss the 18 or 21 on the wide end much?

    The 25 1.4 does look very nice! I'd also have the 35 1.4.
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    The jump between 25 and 15 is a pretty big one. You may need the 21 as a between focal length.
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    I've had two 18mm Contax, one was totally off, sent that back. The second was great on the A7sII but found it soft on the Epic. I think it is just a bit soft though overall. So it's not something i used very often. I've had a 15mm Irix which was pretty good and the 12 Lawoa which is great. But i may look at the 15mm distagon. I do have a 21mm ZE which is nice, but not used that much.

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