About 4K





The lens is the most important part of your camera
and filming wildlife requires a larger and longer array of lenses than normal film work.

The UK Wildlife Film School are very proud to announce that we have now purchased a Sigma 300-800mm super-telephoto zoom lens. Although Sigma was not necessarily our first choice; we are however more than delighted with the quality and range of this lens. This lens covers the telephoto range from 300mm to 800mm. By continuously varying the angle of view from 8.2° to 3.1°, the lens takes a lot of the work out of framing and composition.

The new multi-layer lens coating and lens design reduce flare and ghosting, whilst the two ELD (Extraordinary Low Dispersion) glass elements in the front lens elements reduce chromatic aberration to a minimum to ensure sharp, high quality images of high contrast. We have also fitted a polarizing filter in the 46mm drop-in filter holder in the rear part of the lens.

As focusing and zooming do not change the overall length of the lens, it is ideal to use with a professional follow focus system; and as the front of the lens does not rotate, it does not cause issues when using a professional Matte Box system. Coupling this with the fact we are filming in 4K, this camera / lens set-up now available on all of our courses which will give you the opportunity to film some truly impressive images.

The further addition of the 2x EX APO Tele Converter lens further increases the range of this lens from 600mm to 1600mm (which is massive) A lot of the footage you can see in our Diploma film on the front page of our website was filmed with this x2 converter fitted (including the footage of the Otter on the rock eating a crab) and you happily can see that the quality of this lens if more than adequate for all your wildlife filming needs.

To give you a visual demonstration of the range of this lens we have added the 5 photos below. All of the photos were taken from the same position.

Photo 1: The filming position on the top of the cliff.
Photo 2: A photo taken down the length of the lens filming the Cormorants below.
Photo 3: A mid-way shot of the Cormorants sitting on the right hand end of the rock in photo no.2
Photo 4: A frame taken from the footage filmed of the Cormorants close-up, group of birds
Photo 5: A frame taken from the footage filmed of the Cormorants close-up, single bird

For closer subjects and landscapes, we use the Sony FE PZ 28-135mm Lens. Designed to satisfy 4K production requirements, the lens covers wide-angle to short-telephoto perspectives while adding many features for your full-frame 4K camera system. Featuring a powered zoom control with a variable speed capability, whilst Iris function is also designed to be smooth and silent for cinematography demands

Angle of view variations while focusing (breathing) and axial displacement while zooming have been reduced even further while the five aspherical elements and three ED elements work even harder with their advanced multi-coating technology; designed to minimize image distortion and chromatic aberrations while contributing to sharper overall imagery with enhanced contrast and superior clarity

Independent control rings for zoom, focus, and iris (aperture) work perfectly with a professional 3-head remote control follow focus control system, and the constant f/4 maximum aperture offers consistent professional performance throughout the zoom range and is especially beneficial when working with greater zoom magnifications in low-light conditions.

Our courses use a selection of lenses from ultra-wide 14mm all the way to super-telephoto 800mm and further, and all resolve to 4K resolution and beyond. With a carefully picked selection to offer you the highest image quality possible.

We will be using both prime lenses (fixed focal length) and zoom lenses. Primes are smaller, lighter, optically superior (sharper) and faster (better in low light). Despite being larger and heavier, zooms and super-telephoto zoom lenses are often more convenient, portable and flexible. You may often choose to take one or two zooms with you out into the field rather than half a dozen primes! With a large selection of lenses you can choose whatever works best for you.

Also included in our range of lenses, we will be using 1.4 and x2.0 extenders for maximum reach with the super-telephotos lenses.