Posted 21 January 2006 - 05:08 AM
The pickle with the Lomo lenses is trying to work out all those alpha/numerical designations. Make sure you're getting something that really works and can be assembled as a set. Of course, onesies and twosies won't color match, but DI makes that a small issue.
It seems that there are a few basic categories: 1). Spherical primes with the KAS anamorphic adapter mounted in front. Apparently, these are the worst choice. 2). Square fronts. They're an older design than the round fronts. They're cheaper than the round fronts. But, they don't get a great deal of respect from DPs here on the forum. 3). Round fronts. These are the best from the Lomo line. They suffer from the least of the design troubles that come with anamorphic lenses. They are the most expensive as well. Even so, they are a dang-sight cheaper than most anamorphic lenses. Most DPs here respect their quality.
The further issue is mounting. Either the camera has to be remounted (other than the appropriate Russian camera) or the lenses have to be remounted, in some cases, rehoused. As well, they don't clear the mirrors of all cameras. Juggling all of these factors to end up with a good camera and Lomo anamorphics can be a bit mind-bending. You'll need to make friends with a reliable lens tech to hold your hand through the process. They'll do it if there's a job in it for them. They don't like using a whole lot of time just answering questions (my experience). Trying to get a straight answer out of the Russian sellers on Ebay is, generally, a waist of time. They say whatever makes the sale (again, my experience only).
If you do make a move on them, please, let us all know how they work out.