Richter Collimators Systems and Upgrades for Cine Lens Testing

Super-Precision Collimator Systems for Cine Lens Testing

Updated 4 January 2019

UPDATE: New CinemaTechnic lens testing mounts “Standards”  for Richter Cine Collimators and Lens Projectors are now available. We can supply most SLR and rangefinder lens mounts such as Canon FD, Canon EF, Nikon F, Leica M and Leica R. A Sony E / NEX mount is in development.

The CinemaTechnic IMS (Interchangeable Mount System) upgrade for Richter Cine Collimators and Test Projectors is also now available.

CinemaTechnic is developing focus testing collimator systems and upgrades for existing  collimator systems (Möeller-Wedel and Richter Cine).

Drawing on our two decades of experience with cine lens testing equipment, including state-of-the-art MTF testing systems by Carl Zeiss, we are bringing dependable precision lens testing and calibration within the reach of even small rental houses. Our new upgrades bring the venerable and affordable Richter Cine system into the 21st Century.

Richter Collimator Complete
Complete Richter Collimator System upgraded by CinemaTechnic including LED Illuminator and Digital Focal Plane Micrometer
Richter Cine Collimator Systems – Reconditioned and Calibrated

We have used collimator systems available, although supply is very limited. The latest reconditioned and upgraded system is pictured above. It features the Digital Micrometer Upgrade and the LED Fiber Optic Illuminator with a proprietary Fiber Optic Adapter

The new Fiber Optic Adapter incorporates high quality diffusion, a spectral filter and condenser optics to assure even illumination of the collimator reticle. Along with the 5500ºK light from the LED Illuminator this combination greatly increases the ease of focus adjustment with the Richter Collimator, especially for vintage lenses that do not “snap” into focus as clearly as modern lenses do.

Richter 500mm Objective
Richter Cine 500mm Collimator Objective
Used Reconditioned Collimator Components

We have a small stock of reconditioned and calibrated Richter Cine collimator components. These include the rare 500mm collimator objective pictured above. Please contact us via email with your requirements.

New Accessories for Richter Cine Collimators and Test Projectors
EF Mount for Richter Cine
CinemaTechnic EF Mount for Richter Cine Collimators

The first new product is the EF mount (Canon) lens “standard” for Richter Cine Collimators and Lens Test Projectors. EF mount is now the second most popular lens mount in professional cinematography, behind only ARRI PL mount.  But an EF mount was never offered by Richter Cine.

The first new product is the EF mount (Canon) lens “standard” for Richter Cine Collimators and Lens Test Projectors. EF mount is now the second most popular lens mount in professional cinematography, behind only ARRI PL mount.  But an EF mount was never offered by Richter Cine.

EF Mount on Richter M-2
CinemaTechnic EF Mount shown mounted on Richter Cine M-2 Focal Plane Micrometer
 CinemaTechnic EF (Canon) Mount for Richter Cine
  • Anodized aluminum (all surfaces), chrome plated brass lens mount flange, laser engraved
  • One-pice thread and flange (no slipping/loosening, no set screws)
  • EF mount can be rotated to the desired orientation in 22.5º increments by un-bolting the middle flange and turning it.
  • Factory calibrated to 44.00 mm F.F.D. ± 0.01 mm
  • Flange Focal Distance can be fine tuned using commonly available Zeiss shims, to compensate for wear, temperature changes, etc.
  • High quality Made in USA item.

EF Mount for Richter Cine $624.-

If you need a still camera mount other than Canon EF, such as  Canon FD, Contax C-Y, Nikon F, Leica M, Leica R,  please contact us via email.

We recommend this type of lens  mount for Richter Collimator users that have many original Richter Cine lens standards that they want to keep using, and just need to add another mount.

If you have very few or no original Richter lens mounts that you want to keep using, our IMS Conversion may be a better choice for you.

IMS to Richter on M2
CinemaTechnic IMS Adapter mounted on Richter Cine M-2 Focal Plane Micrometer – photo of prototype unit
IMS-Richter with P+S EF
CinemaTechnic IMS to Richter Adapter on R-2 FPM with P+S Technik positive-locking EF Mount
CinemaTechnic IMS Mount Adapter for Richter Cine NEW
  • This unique adapter easily converts your Richter Cine M2 Focal Plane Micrometer to IMS (Interchangeable Mount System) mount.
  • One-pice thread and flange (no slipping/loosening, no set screws)
  • IMS flange can be rotated to preferred orientation  in 22.5º increments
  • Mount stays put once set. No loosening or unwanted rotation
  • Makes Richter Cine Collimators mount-compatible with P+S Technik Lens Checker and Gecko-Cam Lens Test Projector
  • You can calibrate your Richter Cine analog M2  micrometer zero once to IMS standard (19.00 mm) and quickly interchanging lens mounts without having to re-check and adjust zero on M2
Richter – IMS Conversion: Price TBA, Please inquire.
Richter R-2 Digital
Richter M-2 Focal Plane Micrometer with CinemaTechnic Digital Micrometer Upgrade and EF Mount
CinemaTechnic Digital Micrometer Upgrade for Richter M-2 Focal Plane Micrometer NEW
  • Upgrades the Richter M-2 Focal Plane Micrometer with a modern Mitutoyo Digimatic micrometer
  • 0.001 mm [0.00005] in accuracy (one-thousandth millimeter, fifty millionths inch)
  • 25.4mm [1.0 in] range of micrometer travel
  • 5mm [0.2 in] range ahead of the threaded flange, a benefit of the exclusive CinemaTechnic design
  • Excellent image quality on reflex autocollimator due to super hardened lapped reflector
  • Quickly set zero or pre-set to a distance (ex. 52.000 mm)
  • Precision no-stress, no-damage collet clamping system for micrometer stem
  • No more concern about replacing damaged Richter reflectors (unavailable for 20 years) or the high labor cost of replacement and calibration.
  • Each conversion is precision fitted to the individual Richter M-2 and calibrated.
Price $1995.- including Richter M-2, Mitutoyo Digimatic micrometer and installation/calibration
Pricing for conversion of your existing M-2 unit depends on age and condition, but will be lower than the price quoted above. Please contact us via email with photos of your unit.
CT Digital FPM with IMS
CinemaTechnic Digital Focal Plane Micrometer with IMS Adapter
CinemaTechnic Digital Focal Plane Micrometer with IMS
  • Super precision digital Focal Plane Micrometer with interchangeable mount plate.
  • 0.001 mm / 0.00005 in accuracy (one-thousandth millimeter, fifty millionths inch)
  • 50mm range of micrometer travel
  • Excellent image quality on reflex autocollimator
  • Quickly set zero or pre-set to a distance (ex. 52.000 mm)
  • Shown in photo with Richter Standard mount plate and IMS Adapter
  • Industry standard IMS adapter can be easily unthreaded for use with mounts that are too short for IMS.
  • Compatible with C-mount, CS-mount, Micro Four Thirds (MFT) and Sony E mount with IMS adapter removed.
  • Precision no-stress, no-damage clamping system for micrometer stem
  • Available for Richter Cine, Moeller-Wedel, Chrosziel, and other autocollimator systems
Price as pictured above: $3335.- including IMS Adapter
What is IMS Interchangeable Mount System?

The IMS system was introduced by P+S Technik in the 2000’s as an open standard positive locking intermediate lens mount. It is similar dimensionally to ARRI PL mount but has a smaller pilot diameter and a much shorter flange focal distance.

The IMS system has been adopted by manufacturers of high quality cine lens test equipment, such as Gecko-Cam (collimator and test projector) and P+S Technik (Lens Checker test projector).

IMS mounts are available for a wide variety of lens mounts. CinemaTechnic can manufacture IMS compatible mounts for many cine and still camera lens mounts.

NOTE: The relatively rare Richter Cine Lens Test Projector uses the same threaded mount, but requires special clearancing (larger I.D. and shorter thread length). Lens Test Projector compatible versions of our products are available on special order and require shipping of the lens projector to us for fit testing.

We also have Sony E (NEX) mount  and C/CS mounts for Richter Cine under development.

Please contact:

NOTE: Products pictured above are prototypes. The production versions will differ slightly due to ongoing incremental updates to the design.

Keep an eye on this page for updates…

Updated: 4 January 2019

Richter Cine Collimator System Available

Rebuilt and calibrated Richter Collimator system available for sale

UPDATE: This collimator system described in this post has been SOLD.  If you are interested in purchasing a collimator system please get in touch via email (see below). 

The system has been reconditioned and upgraded for the accuracy demands of today’s cine lenses and digital cine cameras. It is priced at a fraction of what new autocollimator systems (Chrosziel, Gecko-Cam, Duclos) are being sold for today. The package consists of:

Richter Collimator Setup
Richter Autocollimator with FPM W/PL Mt, OTB Mod B, 60, 130, 180 and 254mm Objectives, EF Mt, Light Source
Complete Richter Cine Autocollimator System (see photo above)
  • Richter Cine R2 Autocollimator Block,  rebuilt with CinemaTechnic upgrades
  • Richter Cine 60mm Collimator Objective
  • Richter Cine 130mm Collimator Objective
  • Richter Cine 180mm Collimator Objective
  • Richter Cine  254mm or 275mm Collimator Objective
  • CinemaTechnic Fiber Optic Light Guide Adapter for R2 Autocollimator
  • Richter ARRI PL mount Lens Mount
  • Custom Canon EF mount Lens Mount
  • Richer M2M Focal Plane Micrometer with Starret 468M micrometer head, .002mm accuracy, with CinemaTechnic upgrade for easy zeroing.
  • Richter Model B Optical Lens Test Bench with 36″ rods
  • Richter Cine Lens Support for OTB
  • Halogen Fiber-Optic Illuminator with adjustable intensity, fiber-optic light guide.
  • Set of instructions
  • Calibration warranted for 1 year
  • Phone/email tech support for 30 days included, one-on-one training available at additional cost

Complete system as above: SOLD

We may have another Richter Cine Autocollimator System available soon. Please check this site for updates.

All components of this collimator system have been serviced and brought up to “like new” performance.

Compare to Duclos Lenses collimator system at $19,695.- or Gecko-Cam’s collimator system at € 31,700.- (currently $41,158.- plus shipping from Germany).

Contact: cinematechnic@mac_com

More information here:


CinemaTechnic Year-End Blow-Out Sale

Blow-Out Sale

Prices are good while supplies last (which won’t be long). Some items are already sold out.  Keep an eye on this space as I will be adding more items.

ARRI Standard / Bayonet to PL Adapters SOLD OUT
More Blow-Out Items:

ARRI 16SR Super 16 Bayonet Mount Kit SOLD

LWS 15mm (mini-rods) for ARRI 16SR 1/2/3 and ARRI 35-3 (very limited supply)

ARRI 16SR Super-16 Gates (EDM modified) – INQUIRE

ARRI 16SR Spare Parts – many available – INQUIRE

ARRI 35IIB / 35IIC Spare Parts – many available – INQUIRE (NO not any 2-perf parts)

ARRI Original 15mm Carbon Fiber Rods 240mm length $124.-

ARRI 35-3 Ground Glass $135.-

ARRI 35-3 BAYONET Mount $175-

ARRI 35-3 Stainless Steel PL Mount (one piece, no lock ring, can be converted to S35 format) $84.-

Chrosziel Fluidzoom – overhauled – $185.- ea.

ARRI 16SR Magazine Throat Covers $39.- ea

Arriflex 16St Parts Kit grab-bag: $89.-

email cinematechnic@mac_com

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Zeiss Oktoberfest Event and Lens Talk

Spherical Aberration f1.5
Example of spherical aberration at f1.5

Ever wonder what spherical aberration is or what it -really- looks like? I’m not using any kind of diffusion filter, this the image produced by a vintage lens at f1.5. To me, it looks like a toy Ad from the ’80’s.

The image above is one of the examples I created for my lens talk, “What Do Cinematographers Really Want in a Lens?” which I’ll be giving today, October 11, as part of Zeiss Cinema Lens Oktoberfest in conjunction with Hot Rod Cameras at our Burbank location 722 N. Mariposa Street, Burbank, CA 91506. The event runs from 3:00 to 6:30 pm.

I’ll be discussing desirable technical an aesthetic qualities in a lens, what all those aberrations really mean, and the challenges that lens designers have to work with. You’ll also get hand-on time with all the latest Carl Zeiss still and cine lenses such as the CP.3, Otus, Milvus, Batis, Loxia and Touit. I hope you’ll join us.

Seating is limited. There will be refreshements AND BBQ! So RSVP now before your spot is gone:

ShareGrid’s Ultimate Anamorphic Lens Test


After months of work, ShareGrid’s Ultimate Anamorphic Lens Test is online. It’s the one place on the web where you can compare 13 different brands of anamorphic lenses. If you’ve ever tried to test anamorphics, you know how hard it is to put together even two sets for a test.

I performed the technical testing of the lenses (collimator testing for contrast and projection testing).

I’m also in a few of the videos. The one above is the “What is Anamorphic” section.

This project took an enormous amount of work on the part of many people.  It is a very valuable resource for cinematographers and directors.

Click here to go to ShareGrid’s Anamorphic Lens Test main page.

More to come…

CinemaTechnic Supporting P+S Technik Optical Products in U.S.


I’m very pleased to be working with P+S Technik again,  supporting their optical products in the U.S.

Hot Rod Cameras is now a full-line P+S Technik dealer, and CinemaTechnic shall provide service for all P+S optical products.

CinemaTechnic’s relationship with P+S Technik  goes all the way back to 2000, when I began sending ARRI film cameras to P+S for the Evolution conversion.

In 2004 after my first lens service training at Carl Zeiss Oberkochen, I took the A8 Autobahn on a rainy night (at 160 kph!) from Ulm to  P+S Technik in Munich, where I was trained on ARRI film camera service by Peter Eckenweber (pictured above right, I’m on the left).

13 years later I am again training with Peter, this time on the P+S lens rehousings for vintage Angenieux, Bausch & Lomb, Canon FD, Canon K35, Cooke Panchro, Kinoptic, Kowa, Leica-R and Schneider.

From this point on, owners of these rehoused lenses will not have to be concerned with needing to send the lenses all the way to Germany for service. CinemaTechnic will provide full factory authorized service in Burbank, CA.

Kowa Cine Prominar 100mm Anamorphic – P+S Technik Evolution Version – new housing and new glass

The P+S rehousings are of the highest quality. P+S provide the only rehousing service for vintage Angenieux primes, Canon FD primes, Kinoptic primes, and most notably the Kowa Anamorphic primes.

P+S’ Kowa Cine Prominar rehousing are the smallest available, maintaining the original lens’ unique compact form factor, very rare in anamorphic lenses.

If you’re unfamiliar with the P+S lens rehousings, you can see them in person at Hot Rod Cameras


Upcoming Events May-June 2017


Upcoming Events for May – June 2017:

May 20, 2017: Grand Opening Event – CinemaTechnic and Hot Rod Cameras

We invite you to  join us at our Grand Opening event, May 20 from 3:30 to 6:00 pm at our new location: 722 N. Mariposa St., Burbank, CA 91506.

Our event takes place just after the J.L. Fisher 11th Annual Mixer and BBQ Lunch at J.L. Fisher 1000 West Isabel St., Burbank, CA 91506 which takes place from 9:00 am to 4:00 pm on the same day. We are located within walking distance of J.L. Fisher.

We will be providing overflow parking for the J.L. Fisher event at the Hot Rod Cameras parking lot. You can park with us and take a golf cart ride over to J.L. Fisher, and then back again at the end of the BBQ Lunch for our after-party.

May 27 – 28, 2017: ShareGrid Anamorphic Lens Test

We will be participating in and providing technical support for the ShareGrid Anamorphic Lens Test. This will be the most comprehensive comparison test of anamorphic lenses where the results will be viewable.

June 2-3, 2017: CineGear Expo

Paramount Studios, Hollywood, CA 90038
More information

This page will be updated as more information becomes available.

April 2017 Update Part II


2017 has been incredibly busy for me with the build-out of the new workshop in Burbank and the service work and other projects I’m involved in. It has been exciting but exhausting.

So today I’m taking some time off in the Coachella Valley before heading to Las Vegas for a quick tour of NAB. My first full day off since the start of the year!

I wanted to thank Matt and the staff at Duclos Lenses for featuring me in their Top 25 Lens Lovers of Instagram. You can see the blog post here:

I’ll be making the rounds at NAB Wednesday afternoon and Thursday morning.

I’ll be back in the shop on Friday.

-Jorge Diaz-Amador

April 2017 Service Update

CinemaTechnic Clean Room
CinemaTechnic’s lens repair clean room

Effective May 1, 2017 CinemaTechnic’s labor rate for Cine Lens and Motion Picture Film Camera repairs will be $150.- per hour.

Jobs currently in-progress and jobs estimated before May 1 will be billed at the previous rate of $125.- per hour.

The minimum labor charge will be 1 hour for professional Cine Lens inspection/repair. This covers inspection and written estimate for up to 5 prime lenses or up to 2 zoom lenses. This “estimate fee” is charged as a minimum fee if the repair work is not approved, and waived if the work is approved.

A non-binding verbal estimate based on a quick (10 minute) visual inspection is still available at no charge for supported professional Cine Lenses only:

Angenieux, ARRI, Canon CN-E, Cooke Optics,  Fujinon (cine lenses only), Leica (CW Sonderoptic), Lomo (Lumatech) Schneider, Sigma and Zeiss

Limited support is available for the following lenses:

Vintage Angenieux (pre-Optimo), Canon K35, Vintage Cooke (pre 1998)

Except for limited service for Leica-R lenses, we do not service still photo lenses or any autofocus lenses.

For ARRI and Moviecam Motion Picture Film Camera inspection/repair, the minimum charge is 1.5 hours labor for camera bodies. This covers inspection and checking the camera’s calibration settings. In many cases calibration adjustments such as Flange Focal Distance can be accomplished during the initial 1.5 hours.

The minimum charge for Film Cameras will be reduced to 1 hour for any subsequent service for the same camera body within two years of the initial service.

Inspection and adjustment/service of film magazines is at an extra charge depending on the number of magazines in the camera package.

Customers are advised to keep in mind that ARRI no longer supports film cameras (Moviecam merged with ARRI), so if parts are needed delays will be inevitable and costs cannot be estimated in advance.

The following motion picture film camera models are supported:

ARRI Arriflex:
16SR, 16SR-HS, 16SRII, 16SRII-E, 16SRII-HS, 16SR3, 16SR3-HS, 16SR3 Advanced / HS
35II-C, 35III-C, 35III, 435, 435 Advanced

Compact, Compact Mk. II, SL

Limited support: Arriflex 35BL-3, 35BL-4, 35BL-4s, 535, 535B

The following models are not supported: Aaton (any), Arriflex 16S, 16M, 16BL, ARRITECHNO, Bolex (any), CP (we can refer you to a CP tech), Mitchell

New CinemaTechnic Workshop – Phase 1 Completed

New CinemaTechnic Machine Shop and Prototyping Workshop February 2017.

As it always goes with remodeling, it took far longer than planned. But the first of my new workshop rooms was finally completed the last week of February.

The photo above was taken just after the completion of painting. It seemed so big before I put all my machines and workbenches in there.

This room will eventually be the Machine Shop and Prototyping Workshop. But for now I will be doing all my work out of this room. That will allow me to take my time to complete the Clean Room. I don’t want to rush that project.

Almost as if on cue the first jobs arrived just as I was getting the last of the tools into the room. I’m looking forward to a very busy March. A lot of long delayed projects will be getting the green lighted.

CinemaTechnic’s new workshop is located inside the new Hot Rod Cameras building in Burbank at 722 N. Mariposa St. I hope to see you there soon…

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