Vintage Cinematography Lenses

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Vintage Cinematography Lens Resources

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Updated 17 September 2016


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. Keep checking in as content gets uploaded. This section is just getting started.

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.

Vintage Lens Resources:

Spherical Primes for 35mm Format

Angenieux Primes

Bausch and Lomb Super Baltar 25mm
Bausch and Lomb Super Baltar 25mm optical block

Bausch & Lomb Super Baltar Primes

Canon K35 24mm T1.6
Canon K35 24mm T1.6

Canon K-35 Aspherical Primes

Cooke Vintage Primes

Kilfitt Primes

Kinoptic Tegea and Achromat Primes

Kowa Cine Prominar Primes

Schneider Cinegon and Cine-Xenon Primes

Technovision Primes

Zeiss Planar 2/32 Standard Prime
Zeiss Planar 2/32 Standard Prime, without T* coating

Zeiss Standard Prime (f2 / T2.1)

Zeiss Super Speed T1.4
Zeiss Super Speed T1.4 Mark I Set

Zeiss High Speed / Super Speed Primes (f1.2 / T1.3)

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 – in progress

Cooke Speed Panchro Primes – in progress

Cooke 5:1 20-100 T3 Varotol Zoom

Cooke 10:1 25-250mm T4 Varotol Zoom

Vintage Anamorphic Primes for 35mm Format

*content in development*

Vintage Super 16mm format prime lenses (Arriflex Mount)

Zeiss Planar T* 1.2/50mm T1.3 Mark III
Zeiss Planar T* 1.2/50mm T1.3 Mark III for Super 16 format

Arriflex Carl Zeiss Super Speed Mk I

Arriflex Carl Zeiss Super Speed Mk II

Arriflex Carl Zeiss Super Speed Mk III

Vintage Super 16mm format zoom lenses


Angenieux 11.5 – 138mm T2.3 HR 12x

Vintage 16mm format zoom lenses with partial Super 16 format coverage

Angenieux 10 – 120mm T2.0 HP 12x


Angenieux 12 – 120mm T2.1 HEC 10x

Vintage regular 16mm format prime lenses (c-mount)


Kern-Paillard (Bolex)



Lenses for VistaVision (Full Frame 35mm) Format

*content in development*

Lenses for 65mm Format

*content in development*

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