Expedition to DOP, Singapore: Noktor Hyperprimes

DOP Accessories- Designed by the experts for film people

DOP Accessories is a well regarded Singapore based manufacturer of film making accessories. They design, make and even customize every facet of gear for film makers.

David Foo is a successful Director Of Photography who designs and manufactures film making accessories.

David Foo is a successful Director Of Photography who designs and manufactures film making accessories.

This trip was sponsored once again by Canon Professional HD Center. It was educational and exhilarating meeting up with the owner of DOP, who is also a successful real life DOP himself (Director Of Photography).

David Foo’s debut feature film (for which he was the cinematographer), ‘Kallang Roar’, propelled him into the limelight in 2008.

50mm Noktor Hyperprime. The Noktor Hyperprime is the fastest lens designed for Micro Four Thirds and E-mount cameras.

50mm Noktor Hyperprime. The Noktor Hyperprime is the fastest lens designed for Micro Four Thirds and E-mount cameras.

This trip was tremendously significant to us because David Foo let us in on his latest project- Sterescopic 3D Cinematography. He showed us how he could set-up his S3D rigs in a fraction of the time it would take his competitors. This is exciting stuff, but for another post.

Noktor Hyperprime F1.6 12mm lens is an ultra fast lens designed to the micro Four-Thirds camera system. Excellent in low-light conditions with macro capabilities.

Noktor Hyperprime F1.6 12mm lens is an ultra fast lens designed to the micro Four-Thirds camera system. Excellent in low-light conditions with macro capabilities.

In this blog post, we show off the Noktor Hyperprimes that are available at DOP Accesories. They are excellent and rare full manual lenses for micro four-thirds cameras.

The F 1.6 12mm Noktor Hyperprime lens shot with a watch for size comparison

The F 1.6 12mm Noktor Hyperprime lens shot with a watch for size comparison

Being a manual lens, you don’t just get full control over the focus. The aperture is also at your service.

Shoot your films at F 0.95, with this ultra wide and variable fluid aperture lens.

Shoot your films at F 0.95, with this ultra wide and variable fluid aperture lens.

Turning the aperture ring is smooth as silk. This lens features a variable fluid aperture. The aperture ring is responsive, they don’t click and there are no ‘stops’ in between. Perfect for controlling depth of field and exposure in tricky lighting situations. This range of Hyperprimes are incredible fast lenses. They start at F 0.95; that’s a lot of stops to with!

These hyperprimes from Noktor give smooth aperture shifts (fluid variable aperture) there are no clicks at each F stop.

These hyperprimes from Noktor give smooth aperture shifts (fluid variable aperture) there are no clicks at each F stop.

We tested the lenses on a couple of Panasonic AF 102 in David’s studio. The lenses were very impressive, especially at the size they come in and at the price point.

Contact DOP Accessories if you’re in Singapore. In Malaysia, get in touch with Canon Professional HD Center for these awesome lenses.

To understand more about variable fluid aperture lenses and the importance of this feature in HDSLR film making, read up on this article: The Lens Doctor- HD Video Lens Click Stop Removal. Also check out this patiently written article by professional photographer and film maker, Dan Chung: The Lens Doctor: Declicking in the UK

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