Zero Optik: High-End Pinhole Lenses Designed for Pros
When you think pinhole lenses, you probably think cheap, low-fi lenses created by hand for DIY photography projects. Zero Optik takes things in the opposite direction: it’s a new line of high-quality pinhole lenses that are designed for professionals.
“I have designed and manufactured a pinhole lens purpose-built for cinematography.”
Nelson’s goal was to create pinhole lenses that have the same built quality and standards as the best motion-picture lenses on the market, and lenses “designed to take advantage of the rapidly-increasing sensitivity of digital sensors.”
Zero Optik lenses feature an aerospace-grade aluminum body, a stainless steel PL mount, and support for matteboxes and 86mm threaded filters. The initial 35mm lens will have 3 laser-drilled pinholes that you can swap in and out quickly: f/87.5, f/175, and f/350.
Here’s a sample video that was shot using a Zero Optik lens on a Sony a7S II:
Some still frames captured through Zero Optik lenses:
Zero Optik lenses will start shipping at the end of April, distributed exclusively through Duclos Lenses, and pre-orders can currently be placed on the Zero Optik website.