Australian rental company The Vision House, along with students from the Bachelor of Film & Television at Swinburne University of Technology in Melbourne, recently conducted a lens comparison test on the ARRI Alexa digital format as well as Kodak 35mm motion picture film.
The test was shot by Barry Malseed at The Vision House and supported by Jeff Bird’s Advanced Cinematography class at Swinburne University.
12 lenses were tested on both digital and film formats, including:
Cooke Mini S4i
Zeiss Master Primes
Zeiss Ultra Primes
Zeiss Compact Primes
Zeiss Super Speeds
Zeiss Standard Speeds
Cooke Speed Pancro
Bausch and Lomb
Digital footage was shot on an ARRI Alexa XT at 2K ProRes 4444.
Film footage was shot with an ARRI 435 35mm 4 perf camera on Kodak Vision3 500T/5219 film. The film was processed at Neglab in Sydney and scanned to 2K ProRes 4444 on an Arriscanner at Melbourne’s Complete Post. Basic colour grading was performed in Da Vinci Resolve.
All lenses were set to T2.8.
The impetus of the test was to see how different lenses perform on both digital and film.