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#1 Tim Carroll

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Posted 09 December 2005 - 09:33 PM

I'm going to be shooting a personal project this spring with an Arriflex 16S and a 25mm prime lens. The camera is being rebuilt and I am trying to decide on the lens. It needs to be an Arri Standard Mount and I would like it to have the best quality glass possible. Three lenses I have found so far are pictured below. Does anyone have any experience with any of these lenses and have an opinion as to the lens sharpness and contrast? I am not as concerned about color because I think the project will be done in black and white but if you have a strong opinion on how they render color, I would like to hear that as well. And if someone knows of other Arri Standard Mount lenses in 25mm, I would like to hear about them also. I would like to keep the f or T number at 2.0 or below.

The first lens I have found is the Schneider 25mm Cine-Xenon f 1.4.
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The second lens I have found is the Cooke Speed Panchro 25mm f2.0, T2.2.
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The third lens I have found is the Rodenstock 25mm T1.5.
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Thanks folks,
-Tim Carroll

Edited by TimCarroll, 09 December 2005 - 09:56 PM.

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#2 Chris Keth

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Posted 10 December 2005 - 12:07 AM

The second lens I have found is the Cooke Speed Panchro 25mm f2.0, T2.2.
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I've used this series before and was very happy with the results. The color rendition seemed fairly neutral, perhaps slightly on the cool side. Sharpness was excellent.
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#3 A.Oliver

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Posted 11 December 2005 - 06:44 AM

Hi, have used a cooke kinetal 25mm T2 and schnieder 25mm f1.4 on my late arri-m. I found the schneider to be sharper than the cooke. The cooke glass was warmer, tended to use the cooke on dull days. I found ( shooting on reversal) you cannot intercut material shot on the same day with both lenses as the colour balance was very noticable. My recommendation is the schneider glass.
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