While some cinematographers and directors work principally with prime lenses, the flexibility and convenience of a zoom lens can be a real asset.
As Ukrainian filmmaker Diana Olifirova puts it: "Zooms can be a creative tool as well as a technical one, and they allow you to consider how to use some kind of zoom action as part of the visual language of a film."
Diana, who moved to London in the UK to do a Cinematography MA at the National Film and Television School, is a BAFTA Breakthrough UK 2022 participant and the recipient of the British Society of Cinematographer's Emerging Cinematographer 2017 award. She's worked on a diverse range of productions, including ALL of Me (2017), BAFTA-winning Channel 4 comedy We Are Lady Parts (2021) and Bridgerton season 3 for Netflix.
For her latest film – and directorial debut – called In, Diana employed two fast Super 35mm Canon Flex Zooms. The Canon CN-E14-35mm T1.7 and CN-E31.5-95mm T1.7 lenses blend cinematic image quality with a versatile zoom range – two attributes that Diana was keen to explore in her stylish, stylised short.
These lenses also bring a groundbreaking T1.7 speed and warm colour, all of which Diana appreciated. "It was really pleasant to see the bokeh and the smooth focus roll-off. They also showcase minimal focus breathing when you change the focus from foreground to background."