Looking at prime lens flare signatures for an upcoming spherical shoot.
I tested the Zeiss/Arri Ultraprimes, The Luma Tech Illuminas and a set of cinevised Nikkor AIS lenses.
I shot wide open against black to show the flare characteristic at its most extreme.
All shots are with a Red Epic MX sensor at 4KHD (so S35 sensor scale)
The camera was set to 6000 kelvin with the Flare provided by a Dedo D Led4 and the Key light a Cineo Maverick (5600K).
There is motion blur on the flare shots as these are screengrabs off 25fps camera moves.
Thanks to AC Dan DiMartino for stand-in duties.
UltraPrimes 32mm and 85mm, both at T1.9
The UltraPrimes held the most contrast whist providing a distinctive 'ordered' series of red and green orbs... predominantly leaning to red.
Illumina S35 mk2, 35mm and 85mm both at T1.3
The Illuminas provided by far the heaviest flare with more smoking and streaking than the other sets. Multiple large signature orbs leaning more towards green.
Cinevised Nikkor AIS 35mm and 85mm both at F1.4
The Nikkors sat somewhere between the other two sets. Less contrast than the UPs, less streak than the Illuminas. Large orbs mixing red and green.
Will probably go with the Illuminas on this job.