The topic has been debated ad nauseam that photography is not about the type of equipment you have, but all about the photographer. In any case, most of us eventually will end up spending thousands upon thousands of dollars (and almost as many hours) on trying to figure out how much lens (or camera) we can get with our hard earned dollars.
We know that there is a difference between a $150 lens and a $15,000 lens – at least we hope there is. In a pinch, both can get the job done, but how much better can those two extra zeroes on the end of the price tag actually add to your final product in terms of image quality? Can you actually tell a difference after post processing and color correction has been applied to your footage?
Rocket Jump Film School looks to answer this question in the following video comparison. Using lenses in the low ($100), mid ($5000) and high ($15,000) price range – from Canon’s nifty 50 to a Zeiss Ultra Prime – on a Red Epic Camera in 5K resolution, they put them to the test in three different filming conditions. They then have their DP team look at the footage and guess what lens was used in the shots.
I’m not going to give anything away, but I will say that if this were a test for school, I would’ve failed miserably (low single digits out of 18) and probably been held back a grade. Watch the first video below to see if you can tell a difference and then check your answers in the second video below.
$150 Lens vs $15,000 Lens: Can You Tell The Difference?
Test Yourself! Lens Comparison Answers Revealed
If you’re interested in more lens comparisons, check out our Canon Lens Wars Series where Pye compares Professional L series lenses versus Professional and standard primes at the same focal lengths and aperture settings to find out the perceivable visual differences between them.
How’d you do on the test? Comment below!