The best cine lens for filmmakers: lenses designed specifically for videography

Best cine lens
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What do the best cine lenses have that regular lenses don't? If you’ve been brought up using modern photographic glass, then cine lenses might seem like a step back in time. No autofocus, no image stabilization, and often no electronic communication with the camera, so you have to set the desired aperture on the lens itself.

Indeed, the best cine lenses are typically much slower than their photographic cousins, thanks to their "slower" (or, in some cases, simply "more honest") maximum apertures – more on that in a moment.

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