The Price Difference Between a $100 Camera Lens and $5,000 Cinema Lens Explained

The price of videography equipment has its reasons, but those justifications often remain a mystery to most of us. From cameras that cost thousands of dollars or cine lenses that are close to the price of a car, it’s hard to justify such prices to ourselves, let alone explain to your loved one why you got a new lens instead of going on vacation! In this video, Sawyer Hartman sheds light on the difference between a $100 photography lens and a $5,000 cine lens in the most comprehensive way possible.

The quality difference between the entry-level and high-end gear is not always something noticeable at first. Most of the time, it’s seen when pixel-peeping. But who cares about spending 10 to 100 times more for a marginal improvement only noticeable when looking at high-resolution files zoomed in at 100 percent? Not many, I’m sure. In the video above, Hartman is going to show you that you don’t need to look at detailed charts to see a difference that can help justify the price tag of high-end gear. He explains why cinema lenses have their place in a videographer's bag but also why cheaper lenses can be better in some situations. He compares the sharpness, the build quality, as well as other facts such as the color reproduction and low-light ability. You may be surprised by some of the results, so be sure to watch the video until the end.

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3 Comments

Both are clearly marketed to different type of user too

Leigh Smith's picture

No mention of focus breathing.

Spy Black's picture

I think this guy made a mistake in BUYING the cinema lens. He should have just rented it, especially if he's not using it much.