SIMMOD Lens Review

September 19, 2018

I am now sponsored by SIMMOD Lens! Yay! Ron makes amazing stuff and this video shows why I like his gear.

Use the code ONABUDGET for 15% discount at checkout!


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Heya folks, Tito Ferradans here for a quick update and overall review. As most of you probably don’t know – because I didn’t mention it! -, I’m now sponsored by SIMMOD Lens. This is a partnership that developed over the course of several months as I worked on customizing and improving my set of Contax Zeiss lenses. During this process I got several parts from SIMMOD and provided feedback on what I felt they could do better. They always improved upon hearing something was less than perfect.

I had all of my Contax serviced by Ron at SIMMOD and even some stripped screws fixed. I had mounts installed, I made custom lens caps and so on. As you know, I’m a big fan of keeping things on a small budget. I had quoted similar servicing and modding before at other places, but it was both too costly and too slow. SIMMOD didn’t get me choosing between getting an extra lens for the set or using that money on the mods/service. I got both an extra lens AND serviced everything, with still some bucks to spare compared to the competition.

If you’re interested in hearing about all the process of building my Contax set, there’s a link to a lengthy article in the description of this video.

It’s hard for me to review things like cine rings, lens caps and mounts because they’re so essential it feels like it either works or it doesn’t. The big difference between having these mods or not, is how much they simplify/speed your life on set.

For me there’s no more guessing which lens is which, or fighting various step rings and filter sizes for different threads on different lenses, and, most of all, relying on some generic adapters that introduce play into the mount. Replacement mounts are a true blessing. I’m not even gonna mention focus gears because if you’re serious about your craft, there’s no way you made this far without gears.

Working with SIMMOD has been one of the highlights of my year and I highly recommend you check out their stuff. I believe many of you have tried out his products already and could share your opinions in the comments below. If you’re on the fence, check out what other people said below! And if you’re on the way to SIMMOD’s website right after this video, you can use the code ONABUDGET to get 15% discount at checkout.

What we’re working on now is how to get all of this wonderful gear to improve anamorphic shooting too – or anamorfaking. So subscribe to the channel and stay tuned for updates. I’m Tito Ferradans and I’ll see you next week.