I also made a Behind-The-Scenes video, which you can now watch below.
Ben Eckstein has written up a full post with his conclusions about the test, as well as actual video taken with each of the lenses. You can find the article at Ben's site, and also see a really great alternative BTS video made by Rick Macomber in the article as well. Ben Eckstein: The Big Ole Lens Test Party
Note that the lenses used were:
- Cooke s4 35mm f2.0 (~ $18,000)
- Zeiss Super Speed 35mm f1.3 (not in production anymore)
- Zeiss CP2 35mm f2.1 ($3900)
- Olympus 14-35 f2.0 ($2299)
- Nikon 17-35 f2.8 ($1699)
- Canon 17-55 f2.8 ($1099)
- Nikon AIS 35mm f1.4 (approx $899, but this was a de-clicked version, which would cost more)
- Sigma 30mm f1.4 ($489)
- Tamron 17-50 f2.8 ($459)
As we were shooting I kept looking at the monitor and thinking that I was hardly seeing any difference at all. In editing, the differences became more clear, but I found it hard to even be able to SAY what made one lens better than the others.
Go see the actual video and conclusions here: Ben Eckstein: The Big Ole Lens Test Party