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Not Another Boring Lens Comparison S2

7th March 2023 @ 2:00 pm 5:00 pm

Alexa Mini LF with Gecko-Cam G35 Vintage ’66 Prime

In a break from tradition demos, VMI would like camera department professionals to come and see some of our new FF lenses and help to create a ‘real world’ comparison video by taking part in a comparative shoot event.

We will be providing two actors, a 1st AC, Grip and shooting kit with Sony Venice or ARRI Mini LF, complete with dolly, slider and lighting. The aim will be to create four way comparisons of Cooke FF Classic Panchro, Tribe7 Blackwing T-tune, Gecko-Cam Vintage ’66 and Sigma Classic Primes (ie. same shot with 4 passes with same focal length across the different manufacturers). We will then edit these and produce a comparison video which we will publish on-line.

We feel this is a more immersive way to test out these lenses rather than a dry over/under in a test room with a Macbeth and a set of fairy lights for bokeh demos ( of course we will have sparkly lights available for those who wish). Inevitably setting up and shooting a 4 way pass will take some time which is why we have reserved two days , if we have sufficient interest from people we could extend into a third day.

Four Lens Sets

These are new lenses with aspirations to the ‘vintage and ‘character’ party. They are reasonably accessible price wise and we have picked four different sets in what we are sure will be popular additions to VMI stock.

All are either available to hire from VMI now, or by March 2023.

This event is free of charge and will be a great opportunity to see these lenses in a practical working situation. Come and have a play and do some filming.

You are welcome to book for one day or both days and attend for as much or little as you like or your schedule allows.


VMI are working with the excellent facilities provided by West London College to host these events.

This is at their Ealing Green Campus, the home of the original BBC Ealing Studios. West London College’s studio is 13mx10m and is on the second floor of the main building and entrance for visitors is via the reception.


West London College, Ealing Green Campus, TV Studio, 2nd Floor The Green, Ealing, London W5 5EW

Public Transport

Underground (Zone 3) Ealing Broadway for Central and District Lines (10 minute walk to College) or South Ealing Piccadilly Line.

Train Ealing Broadway (10 min walk) or West Ealing (15 min walk) for Great West Railway and Heathrow Connect

Bus Routes 65, 83, 112, 207, 297, 607, E1, E2, E7, E8, E9, E10, E11

Car Parking There is lots of local pay parking available, though the Ealing Broadway Car Park is just a couple of minutes walk away and has 800 spaces. (W5 5JY) View on Google Maps

West London College

West London College Studio, 2nd Floor The Green
Ealing Green, London, Ealing, London W5 5EW United Kingdom
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14 people are attending Not Another Boring Lens Comparison S2

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