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Kowa Cine Prominar Anamorphic 100mm rehoused by P+S Technik
Updated 4 September 2019
I am pleased to announce that I am again working with P+S Technik of Munich, Germany. P+S is offering high quality re-housing of the following vintage prime lenses:
  • Angenieux (primes)
  • Bausch & Lomb Super Baltar
  • Canon FD
  • Canon K35
  • Cooke Panchro / Speed Panchro
  • Kinoptic
  • Kowa Anamorphic
  • Kowa Spherical
  • Leica-R
  • Meyer-Görlitz
  • Schneider 35mm
  • Zeiss Super Speed Mk. I (partial rehousing with PL mount)
CinemaTechnic will be providing factory-authorized service for all P+S Technik vintage rehousings beginning in June 2017.


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.

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.

Vintage Lens Resources:

Spherical Primes for 35mm Format

Angenieux Cine Primes
Angenieux FF35 DEM SLR 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
Canon FD FF35 Primes
Contax (Zeiss optics) FF35 Primes
Cooke Vintage 35mm Primes
Kilfitt Primes
Kinoptic Tegea and Achromat Primes
Kowa Cine Prominar Anamorphic Primes (coming soon)
Leitz Leica-R Primes
Minolta FF35 Primes
Nikon Nikkor FF35 Primes
Olympus FF35 Primes
Pentax FF35 Primes
Schneider Cinegon and Cine-Xenon 35mm 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 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

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*

Block diagram of cine lens
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