Shooting Brighton in 4k + Zeiss Otus – the World’s Best DSLR Lens on 1DC and BMPC 4K

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The “Best DSLR Lens in the World” is, according to DxOMark, the Zeiss 55mm f/1.4 Otus Distagon T*.

Filmmaker James Miller mounts the Otus 1.4/55 on two heavyweight cameras, to see which is the better – the Canon EOS 1D C and the Blackmagic 4k Production Camera.

The heavy, low-contrast effect applied to the “Brighton Kiss” test video makes it hard for me to judge the clarity, color rendition, and sharpness of the lens.

James has told us he's preparing a side by side look at both cameras using the Otus – I look forward to Part 2 to see more which should hopefully be out shortly.

Brighton Kiss – Zeiss Otus 1.4/55 ZF.2

Shot with the Zeiss Otus 1.4/55 ZF.2, all shots wide open at f1.4 on the Canon 1DC in 4k and to the Atomos Blade via the Atomos HDMI-SDI convertor. In the fading light, Brighton, UK.

Shot in Canon Log (400ISO) and graded in Premiere using Film convert.

Many thanks to Guy Thatcher of for the loan of the Otus.

Zeiss Otus 1.4/55 ZF.2 still's test shoot.

4k Blackmagic Production Camera – Brighton

First test with the Blackmagic Production Camera 4k in Brighton.

Thanks to Guy Thatcher & co ( for the use of the Camera, Lenses and lovely afternoon out. I do love Sunday shooting.
Shot using the Zeiss Otus 55/1.4 & the Canon 70-200mm IS II.

‎Alphatron EVF, Tiffen Variable ND Filter.

4K edit on Youtube:

1st 4k native camera clip:

Noticed lots of heat haze whilst reviewing shots, need to do a nice London skyline test. Think the 1DC edges sharpness mostly due to less noise.

Lightly graded with Film Convert.

Part 2 shot comparison with the Canon 1DC coming soon.

Extremely bright today in the midday sun, Tiffen Variable ND Filter struggled to keep lenses above f2.8. I sometimes even nearly hit focus! Would have shot for longer with some varied scenes but battery solution did not last. But it was enjoyable to shoot with. Well as long as you want to use an EVF with waveforms etc.

4K ProRes HQ edited natively in Adobe Premiere Pro CC. Transcoded to HD, 1920×1080 ProRes HQ version available to download from Vimeo.

(cover photo credit: snap from the video)

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