Creating the impossible f/0.3 lens: The fastest lens ever

Jan 2, 2023

Dunja Djudjic

Dunja Djudjic is a multi-talented artist based in Novi Sad, Serbia. With 15 years of experience as a photographer, she specializes in capturing the beauty of nature, travel, and fine art. In addition to her photography, Dunja also expresses her creativity through writing, embroidery, and jewelry making.

Jan 2, 2023

Dunja Djudjic

Dunja Djudjic is a multi-talented artist based in Novi Sad, Serbia. With 15 years of experience as a photographer, she specializes in capturing the beauty of nature, travel, and fine art. In addition to her photography, Dunja also expresses her creativity through writing, embroidery, and jewelry making.

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A few years ago, Nikolas Moldenhauer of Media Division showed us how he and Kolari Vision modified and used an ultra-fast f/0.7 lens. And now, Nikolas and his team have gone even further and built something “impossible.” It’s an f/0.3 lens, faster than any lens you’ve ever seen.

In a video, Nikolas shares the entire process behind this incredible piece of gear. What’s more, Media Division also filmed a short film on it to show you its capabilities.

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When I think of an ultra-fast lens, Staley Kubrick’s candlelight scene from Barry Lyndon is the first thing that comes to mind. And it was impossible for me to imagine the insane depth of field of an f/0.3 lens. Nikolas used a Leitz Hektor 300mm f/2.8 lens for 6/7 medium format projectors to build his, and he gives all of the details in the video.

Using their “impossible lens,” Nikolas and his team filmed an experimental short film The Iron Sea. The effect of the super-shallow depth of field is just insane, it’s unlike anything I’ve ever seen before.

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The video is a rather long one, lasting almost an hour, which is why I didn’t break it down as I normally do. It’s also why I suggest you take your time, sit back, and watch it as you would a documentary. After all, many of you still have time off after New Year’s Eve, so this could be a great way to use it.

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Dunja Djudjic

Dunja Djudjic

Dunja Djudjic is a multi-talented artist based in Novi Sad, Serbia. With 15 years of experience as a photographer, she specializes in capturing the beauty of nature, travel, and fine art. In addition to her photography, Dunja also expresses her creativity through writing, embroidery, and jewelry making.

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5 responses to “Creating the impossible f/0.3 lens: The fastest lens ever”

    1. Dunja0712 Avatar
      Dunja0712

      The short film and the video about building the lens aren’t the same clip. Have you at least skimmed the article? The short film (2nd one embedded) is 3 minutes long

      1. Hans J. Nielsen Avatar
        Hans J. Nielsen

        Yes! That was all I did. Skimmed the article. I didn’t have time to watch the videos.
        So, one paragraph state they made a short film.
        In the next paragraph we then have a video (guessed that was the short film)
        Next paragraph state “The video is a rather long one, lasting almost an hour”.

        What did you want me to conclude? 😏

        Yes, I made a mistake. 🙂

  1. Brian Tyler Avatar
    Brian Tyler

    That was quite interesting!