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#1 Jimmy Browning

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Posted 18 May 2007 - 09:32 PM

What's the history of Panavision's MKII Lenses? And how do they compare to the Primos? I noticed that some are "Z" series (Zeiss). Who's optics are the non-"Z" series?
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#2 Kevin Zanit

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Posted 19 May 2007 - 03:25 AM

If I remember correctly the "Z" Series MKIIs come as either Ultra Speeds (the serial# being USZ[focal length]) Super Speeds (SZ[fl]), and I think the non-Z series lenses are just regular old Ultra, Super or Normal speed lenses with a PV mount, whereas the Z series are rehoused with Panavision mechanics.

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Posted 19 May 2007 - 09:22 PM

The Z series lenses are Zeiss, the old super speeds and ulta speeds are by various companies, canon, nikon, and whoever else. The Primos are made by Leitz.
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#4 Jimmy Browning

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Posted 20 May 2007 - 12:33 AM

The Z series lenses are Zeiss, the old super speeds and ulta speeds are by various companies, canon, nikon, and whoever else. The Primos are made by Leitz.


Thanks. I'm interested in learning more about lenses in general as well; their history, how they work, comparisons between the optics of different companies, specialty lenses, etc. Know any good books?
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