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#1 kevin jackman

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Posted 06 October 2007 - 07:03 PM

what do people think of these lenses? i was thinking of getting some of the older ones. any idea what lenses they compare with in terms of sharpness, etc? do they cover super16 fully or are the edges soft? any other points? thanks
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#2 Adam Thompson

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Posted 07 October 2007 - 04:38 PM

This has been covered on here a few times. Search for posts.

Seems like most guys say they compare to Zeiss SSpeeds easily. Do basic web searchs for specs. and you'll see they were, until recently, the only S16 lenses out there.
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#3 Adrian Sierkowski

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Posted 07 October 2007 - 05:18 PM

I swear by them. That probably doesn't mean much to anyone but me and my immediate friends; but they're good glass with a nice stop- T1.3- and well made.
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#4 Chance Shirley

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Posted 09 October 2007 - 09:21 AM

I have three lenses that are about a year old (16mm, 25mm, 50mm), plus a 9.5mm that's at least 5 years old, and I think they're all great. Plenty sharp, and they all cover Super 16.
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Posted 01 June 2008 - 07:15 PM

What about the older Optar lenses? Like the Optar 8mm T1.5?
Those are supposedly from a different factory, and dont look anything like the Illuminas. Yet are also Super16 lenses, yes?

Are they as good? Nearly as good?

They dont have gears on them, and they are slower, so they might be a completely different glass/coating recipe then the Illuminas and therefore far less desirable.

I am thinking of getting that 8mm, since the price is low. But, can someone please advise?

Thank you.
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#6 Mike Simpson

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Posted 02 June 2008 - 12:09 PM

For what its worth I've shot with 3 sets of these lenses. The first two were somewhat soft and could not handle flares at all. Even a bright window with no direct light coming through looked terrible. Then the 3rd set looked amazing. Id easily compare them to superspeeds. Id shoot tests and check the coating.
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#7 Bert Smith

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Posted 13 June 2008 - 09:44 PM

For what its worth I've shot with 3 sets of these lenses. The first two were somewhat soft and could not handle flares at all. Even a bright window with no direct light coming through looked terrible. Then the 3rd set looked amazing. Id easily compare them to superspeeds. Id shoot tests and check the coating.



You are speaking of the newer Illumina's, yes?
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