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#1 Mike Medavoy

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Posted 01 April 2007 - 10:52 PM

Hi,

Does anyone have any idea what lenses Robert Burks used to shoot "Vertigo"? Baltars, Cooke Speed Panchro?... Which kind? Any hint would be much appreciated.

Also, on the DVD they say he used fog filters a few times, but to my eyes they didn't look like fog filters (most notable example when Kim Novak has Jimmy Steward follow her to Carlotta's grave, near a chapel's cemetery). They look more like diffusion or low contrast, but not fog filters. Although I might be mistaking, since Hitchcock himself states they were fog filters (in the Hitchcock-Truffaut book).

Thanks!

Mike
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#2 Jonathan Bowerbank

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Posted 02 April 2007 - 02:40 PM

The scene where Kim Novak exits her dressing room with her blonde hair tied up with the green light beaming into the apartment...I would definitely say THAT was shot with a fog filter of some kind.

Diffusion/Low Contrast/Fog filters, sometimes these words can be interchangeable, depending on the effect they're creating. Another example that comes to mind is when Jimmy Stewart is in the graveyard.

I also think this topic could go right along with a current Technicolor thread where we've discussed the use of diffusion filters with Technicolor.
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#3 John Holland

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Posted 02 April 2007 - 02:51 PM

The only lenes available in 19 what ever for VistaVision were ,28 35 40 50 75 85 100 MM , my guess is Cookes but i dont really know sorry .
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#4 Leo Anthony Vale

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Posted 02 April 2007 - 03:57 PM

The only lenes available in 19 what ever for VistaVision were ,28 35 40 50 75 85 100 MM , my guess is Cookes but i dont really know sorry .


There were some Leitz and Canons. & at some point a 21mm Zeiss or Leitz.
The zoom was a Pan Cinor and damn slow.

I have a list in an old ASC manual at home. I'll list 'em tomorrow.

I think a 50mm was used most often.
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Posted 02 April 2007 - 04:57 PM

Leo i think the lenses you are talking about are more recent used with VistaVision cameras over the last 10/20 years and still used for fx and plates .
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#6 Leo Anthony Vale

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Posted 03 April 2007 - 01:50 PM

Leo i think the lenses you are talking about are more recent used with VistaVision cameras over the last 10/20 years and still used for fx and plates .


I got these from a 1970 ASC manual & they were reprinted from the various 60s editions under Mitchell VistaVision camera.

The accessory lenses are:
35mm T2 Canon
50mm T1.4 Canon
85mm f/1.5 Leitz Summaron
150nn f/2.8 Schneider Xenotar
12 1/2 inch THC
60mm-240mm T7.7 SOM Berthiot Pan Cinor

From other older sources there was also a 21mm f/3.5 or f /4.5 I'm thinking Zeiss Biogon, but maybe Leitz Angulon.

Also the Mitchell butterfly VistaVision had a Leica screw mount.

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From another source Technirama used a 50mm Leitz, 75mm and 100mm Cooke and 135mm Canon.

The newer FX lenses would be Leica relex, Nikon and Contax Reflex.
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Posted 03 April 2007 - 02:06 PM

I bow to your wonderful research and knowledge thanks a f/1.5 85mm pretty impressive .
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