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Hey guys,

 

My first post here! ;)

 

 

I'm going to shoot a musicvideo, where strong flares, color casts and other lens faults would be suitable...

 

The question is simply: What lenses do you know of, that produces a great flare? Right now i'm bidding on a Carl Zeiss Jena Sonnar 2,8 / 180 Pentacon Six, but I would like to hear some first hand intel ;)

 

Thanks in advance, and good night!

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Hey guys,

 

My first post here! ;)

 

 

I'm going to shoot a musicvideo, where strong flares, color casts and other lens faults would be suitable...

 

The question is simply: What lenses do you know of, that produces a great flare? Right now i'm bidding on a Carl Zeiss Jena Sonnar 2,8 / 180 Pentacon Six, but I would like to hear some first hand intel ;)

 

Thanks in advance, and good night!

 

Anything designed before mid 1970's will flare more than modern lenses, make sure the front element is in good condition & clean!

Early Super Speeds or 'B' Speeds are easy enough to rent & will do the trick! Same for Series II/III Cooke Speed Pancro or B&L Super Baltar if you can find them.

 

A 180mm is probably too long.......especially if it's your only lens.

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Anything designed before mid 1970's will flare more than modern lenses, make sure the front element is in good condition & clean!

Early Super Speeds or 'B' Speeds are easy enough to rent & will do the trick! Same for Series II/III Cooke Speed Pancro or B&L Super Baltar if you can find them.

 

A 180mm is probably too long.......especially if it's your only lens.

 

 

Hi Stephen,

 

Thanks for the reply!

So you recommend to rent them? What I was looking for where really dirt cheap lenses to buy.

I have the common range of Canon glass - i'm the still photographer, making the move into the moving picture ;) I just think they are too clean, too 'digital'...

 

I will try and look some of those lenses up you mention! And yeah, ofcause, the more focal length, the less flare!

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http://www.pjscottentertainment.blogspot.co.uk/#!http://pjscottentertainment.blogspot.com/2012/06/anamorphic-lenses.html

 

Hi, this is an article on my blog. It has a couple of videos on there you may be interested in, not mine but good for reference. I’m not sure what you are after exactly; What type of camera do you have?

 

Anyhow, I took this these pictures with my 550d using the anamorphic lens I described in the post.

 

Picture 1

 

Take a look through that flickr reel and there are a couple of things on there. Granted, I haven’t really had a chance to go outside with my camera for a while as there is no such thing as summer in the UK anymore apparently, but you get the idea.

 

Hope this helps!

 

Twitter: @pjscott89

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Hi Peter,

 

Haha regarding the summer: I fully understand. The so called summer here in Denmark is nothing but rain and cold. Making a short about our great summer as we speak ;)

Thanks for the links! The picture of the anamorphic lens, is exactly what I'm after! It looks great.

I shoot with 5D and the L lenses - they are too pretty for some projects! The Sony FS700 just arrived a week ago, and I use the canon glass on that as well. Looks great, but I want that authentic old school look!

 

Like the look you master, Frank! Actually I've read that article, and sucked it all up! Bought a Pentacon Six 180 in mint condition, at least that is what the description said. I posted here to see if I could get any other inputs ;)

Keep up the great work! Great gems on your site and your work is inspiring.

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Hello Viktor,

 

Glad you liked the pictures. There are other advantages to using anamorphic lenses as well. You do get a vintage look out of them, probably because most lenses were made before 1990. You get a much better colour range and better contrasts with this type of lens as well. I use colour correction tools far more sparingly than before. Obviously, you also get the natural widescreen which is a big advantage. I still don’t think that strapping on an anamorphic lens will make a DSLR look as good as a film camera though, say a Bolex, but its definitely an improvement over the spherical lenses the likes of canon/nikon provide.

 

Also Frank, nice article, really like the lenses you have on there. Shame they are out of my budget :( One day!

 

Thanks

 

P. J. Scott

 

@pjscott89

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