Kish/Bolex Lens Comparison and M43 Tests

Since we announced our fixed aperture Kish/Bolex lenses two years ago, many people have had questions. Are they hard to light for? Are they really usable in different lighting environments? How do these lenses really hold up against the expensive professional lenses already on the market?

We visited Hot Rod Cameras to find out.


On Friday No Film School published an article about the Kish/Bolex lenses that included a the above teaser image for today’s post. The graphic is a comparison chart featuring eight shots, each taken under the same lighting setup and with the same F stop. Three shots were taken with each of our three Kish/Bolex Series 1 Primes, three were taken with expensive cinema primes from major manufacturers, and two were taken with a popular DSLR zoom lens at multiple focal lengths.

All of the lenses were set to F4 and the cameras set equidistant at fixed positions to the subject. The lighting was checked with a light meter and consistent through the test.

Since performing these tests two week ago, we’ve shown the teaser graphic to a number of professionals at rental houses and who work on set in the camera department. The question was simple: point out which lenses are ours and which lenses are the “professional” usual suspects. Or put another way, can you actually tell which lens costs $400 and which one costs $4,000?

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Women Cinematographers Grant Opens Applications!

Helen_Taft&May_AllisonAs we announced on our monthly Ustream 2 weeks ago, we are super excited to begin accepting submissions for our Digital Bolex Grant for Women Cinematographers, presented by Hive Lighting today. Specifically, applications open at 11:59PM PST.

Premiere-level sponsor Hot Rod Cameras will host also an informational session and kickoff party at their location in Hollywood in early October, so keep an eye on this post for announcement of that date.

The response I got to my initial post about the grant was overwhelming (in a good way!) I expected to get a handful of emails, and instead wound up with hundreds and hundreds of inquiries, which just strengthens my belief that there are a TON of women out there who want to get into this field but don’t have the resources to break in. Continue reading “Women Cinematographers Grant Opens Applications!” »

Kish/Bolex Lenses on Sale Today

Those of you who have followed our progress since Kickstarter know that as soon as our campaign ended, we surveyed all of our backers to ask what accessories they were most interested in, and overwhelmingly the winner was lenses.

After 2 years in development, our Digital Bolex/Kish Optics Series 1 Primes are now available to order through our online store.

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Digital Bolex Kish Lenses on Sale Starting 9/15

Those of you who tuned in to our UStream this morning got the first look at a number of big announcements from us that we’re very excited about:

  • Setting a date for our Women Cinematographers Grant (applications open Sept 23)
  • Offering the user manual for download next week via our website
  • Distribution to retailers in Germany (and later Europe) via KSM Distribution
  • Cutting camera ship time from 8-12 weeks to 2-4 weeks

You’ll be hearing more about each of these announcements in the coming weeks, but what we’re most happy to announce is that after two years of design, we’re releasing our first set of Kish lenses for sale on September 15th.

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