Vintage Cinematography Lens Resources
©2017-2020 Jorge Diaz-Amador, all rights reserved
Updated 7 April 2020
I’ve created this page as a central point for all the information I provide on vintage cine lenses. There is a great deal of interest in this subject but information is very hard to come by. That’s about to change.
Headings in green link to pages with information about that specific lens. Headings in black are pages that have not been completed yet. Creating this resource is a huge task. Keep checking in as content gets uploaded.
If you have information about any of the lenses that don’t have pages created yet, and you want to share that information, please get in touch via email. Photos and original documentation are of patricidal interest. Credit will be given to all contributors.
To answer the question “what is a vintage cine lens” and to draw the line for inclusion in this section, or the modern lens section of this website I shall use the following reasoning:
Vintage lenses will be any cine lens from a defunct manufacturer, or a cine lens that is no longer supported by the manufacturer due to it’s age. So the newest lenses to enter the vintage section will be the Carl Zeiss High Speed / Super Speed series.
Any lens that is currently supported with spare parts from the manufacturer can be considered a modern lens. In general, most lenses where the first examples are over 30 years old are not supported by the manufacturers. Some manufacturers have even shorter time frames for ending support.
This section of the website will now be expanded to include vintage high quality still camera lenses, which are increasingly being used as cine lenses. Coverage will be limited to pre-autofocus, pre-digital, pre-globalization lenses. With a few exceptions, this means lenses made before 1990.
If you are a rental house or owner-operator renting vintage cine lenses, and need to keep your vintage lenses calibrated, visit our Richter Cine Collimator page for information about high quality and affordable collimator systems.
CinemaTechnic Vintage Cine Lens Resources:
Spherical Primes for S35 / FF35 Format
Canon C-mount Primes (16mm)
Canon FD Primes (FF35 SLR)
Cinema Products Ultra-T (Super 16)
Century Precision (16mm)
Contax-Zeiss Primes (FF35 SLR)
Cooke Vintage Primes (S35mm ARRI Standard)
Kilfitt Primes (S35mm ARRI Standard)
Kowa Cine Prominar Anamorphic Primes
Leitz Leica-R Primes (FF35 SLR)
Minolta Primes (FF35 SLR)
Nikon Nikkor C-mount Primes (16mm)
Nikon Nikkor Primes (FF35 SLR)
Olympus Primes (FF35 SLR)
Pentax Primes (FF35 SLR)
Schneider Cinegon and Cine-Xenon Primes (S35 ARRI Standard)
Technovision Primes (S35 BNCR)
Spherical Zoom Lenses for FF35 Format
Angenieux FF35 SLR zooms
Spherical Zoom Lenses for 35mm Format
Angenieux 10:1 25-250mm T3.9 Zoom
Angenieux 10:1 25-250mm T3.7 HP Zoom
Angenieux 10:1 25-250mm T3.5 HR Zoom
Canon K-35 25-120 T2.8 Macro Zoom
Cooke 5:1 20-100 T3 Varotol Zoom
Cooke 10:1 25-250mm T4 Varotol Zoom
Vintage Anamorphic Primes for 35mm Format
Vintage Super 16mm format prime lenses (Arriflex Mount)
Vintage Super 16mm format zoom lenses
Vintage 16mm format zoom lenses with partial Super 16 format coverage
Angenieux 10 – 120mm T2.0 HP 12x
Vintage regular 16mm format prime lenses (c-mount)
Lenses for VistaVision (Full Frame 35mm) Format
Lenses for 65mm and Medium Format
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2016-02-23 Last Update 2020-04-07