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Enter the world of cinema lenses, and learn the differences between prime and zoom lenses, lens speeds, lens types and how to choose the best lens for your production. Taught by Emmy-winning cinematographer at Panavision in Hollywood, this hands on module will demystify the various attributes of the lens so you can choose the best lens for your production.


  • 22:00 video that introduces you to the lens
  • Complete companion guide
  • Overview of the camera lens


  • About fixed vs. removable lenses
  • An overview of the focus ring
  • An overview of the zoom ring
  • An overview of the Iris
  • An overview of the macro and back focus rings
  • Image problems that can result from using cheap lenses
  • About short vs. long lenses
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