Menu Account

Nikon Lenses: Sharp and Soft

  • September 10, 2009
  • Shane Hurlbut, ASC
Nikon Lenses: Sharp and Soft

I love lenses and examining the subtle differences with each one so I am confident in the resulting image.

Nikon Lens
Nikon Lens

Nikon lenses are sharp with a little softer contrast than the Zeiss lenses.  The older A lenses are nice because they have a wider focus barrel which makes it easier to mount your Zacuta zip focus gears or Red Rock Micro focus rings. 32 pitch focus rings for the still lenses are made by both Zacuta and Red Rock Micro and the choice is one of personal preference.

Be wary of the Nikon AI lenses because it is difficult to mount any gear system to the lens which makes it very tricky for your focus puller.

The 28mm is an amazing lens.  It has low distortion and focuses to 18 inches.  The old Nikon glass is exceptional. Great contrast, very sharp.  The Nikon zooms are much sharper than the Canon’s.  Sharpness is your friend with HD because it gives you the 3 dimensional quality of film.  By using the 65mm depth of field that you get with the 5D Mark II camera you are able to pull your subject out of the background.

What have you noticed with the different Nikon lenses? Which one is your favorite and what makes it your number one choice?  I will share your experiences with the other blog readers and the film community, so please leave comments.

  • Canon
  • creativity
  • HDSLR Cameras
  • lense choice
  • Lenses
  • Zeiss

EXPAND YOUR KNOWLEDGE AND NETWORK

With various membership options and benefits to suit your needs and budget, investing in your filmmaking career couldn’t be easier.

Consider signing up for PayPal credit* to receive 6 months special financing on purchases of $99+. For more information, CLICK HERE.
*This offer is not specific to the Hurlbut Academy.

Silver

  • Monthly Membership $14.99 /monthly annual membership Single Payment of $149.88 /annual
  • 28 /credits per month
  • See what you get
  • 20 Bonus Credits on Sign up
  • Choose From 400+ lessons
  • Choose From 700+ hours of video instruction
  • Annual: $.60 per Credit Monthly: $.65 per Credit
  • Membership on Private Hurlbut Academy Facebook Group
  • Invitation to Attend Networking MeetUps
  • Public Facing Member Profile for Networking & Job Searching
  • Worldwide Interactive Community Map for Networking
  • Post your GEAR for Sale or Rental
  • Comments by Shane on Lessons & Courses
  • One phone conference with Shane First 100 people that sign up before March 11, 2019
  • Early Sign-Up & 15% discount on Live (in person) Workshops
  • VIP Status Enables you to see all New Content first before other Members
  • Illumination Experience Workshop & Masterclass Included
  • * If purchased at the regular price of $14.99/month for 12 months

Gold

  • Monthly Membership $29.99 /monthly annual membership Single Payment of $299.88 /annual
  • 65 /credits per month
  • See what you get
  • 20 Bonus Credits on Sign up
  • Choose From 400+ lessons
  • Choose From 700+ hours of video instruction
  • Annual: $.42 per Credit Monthly: $.50 per Credit
  • Membership on Private Hurlbut Academy Facebook Group
  • Invitation to Attend Networking MeetUps
  • Public Facing Member Profile for Networking & Job Searching
  • Worldwide Interactive Community Map for Networking
  • Post your GEAR for Sale or Rental
  • Comments by Shane on Lessons & Courses
  • One phone conference with Shane First 100 people that sign up before March 11, 2019
  • Early Sign-Up & 15% discount on Live (in person) Workshops
  • VIP Status Enables you to see all New Content first before other Members
  • Illumination Experience Workshop & Masterclass Included
  • * If purchased at the regular price of $29.99/month for 12 months

Platinum VIP

  • annual plan only Single Payment of $999.00 /annual
  • UNLIMITED ACCESS
  • See what you get
  • VIP Means You SEE IT FIRST
  • ALL ACCESS TO 400+ lessons
  • ALL ACCESS TO 700+ hours of video instruction
  • NO NEED TO BUY CREDITS: UNLIMITED ACCESS
  • Membership on Private Hurlbut Academy Facebook Group
  • Invitation to Attend Networking MeetUps
  • Public Facing Member Profile for Networking & Job Searching
  • Worldwide Interactive Community Map for Networking
  • Post your GEAR for Sale or Rental
  • Comments by Shane on Lessons & Courses
  • One phone conference with Shane First 100 people that sign up before March 11, 2019
  • Early Sign-Up & 15% discount on Live (in person) Workshops
  • VIP Status Enables you to see all New Content first before other Members
  • Illumination Experience Workshop & Masterclass Included
  • * If purchased at the regular price of $999.00 for 12 months

Do you want pay annually?

Go to pay

Please choose a payment period