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#1 kevin jackman

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Posted 01 November 2007 - 10:58 PM

what might they compare with? i just learned about them and know nothing. couldnt google anything either. did they only make one version of them?
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#2 Leo Anthony Vale

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Posted 05 November 2007 - 04:31 PM

what might they compare with? i just learned about them and know nothing. couldnt google anything either. did they only make one version of them?


Mitchell distributed them in the US.
The 16mm high speeds were distributed by Cinema Products under a house brand name which I can't recall at the moment.

Mitchell had them in BNCR and S35R mounts. I think they actually had an interchangable mount system.
The 16mm high speeds also had interchangable mounts.
But try to find those mounts now.

Older Kowas were availiable in Mitchell std/NC mounts, but probably didn't have a US distributer.
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Posted 05 November 2007 - 06:16 PM

i have a 9mm.. it is very nice.. sharp and super fast.. there's a very slight vignette on super16 but you can crop and scale the frame.. it's like t1.3... super duper fast! PS somebody's selling a set of 4 on feebay at the moment

Edited by Robert Glenn, 05 November 2007 - 06:17 PM.

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Posted 05 November 2007 - 07:02 PM

Mitchell distributed them in the US.
The 16mm high speeds were distributed by Cinema Products under a house brand name which I can't recall at the moment.

Mitchell had them in BNCR and S35R mounts. I think they actually had an interchangable mount system.
The 16mm high speeds also had interchangable mounts.
But try to find those mounts now.

Older Kowas were availiable in Mitchell std/NC mounts, but probably didn't have a US distributer.


The CP lenses were called Ultra T primes
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#5 Charlie Peich

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Posted 05 November 2007 - 07:14 PM

Cinema Products "Ultra T" set:
6mm T1.6
9mm T1.35
12.5mm T1.25
16mm T1.25
25mm T1.25

They came in any mount you wanted or use with adaptors.
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#6 Charlie Peich

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Posted 05 November 2007 - 07:27 PM

Kowa Cine Prominar for 35mm:

15mm T3.5
20mm T2.6
25mm T2.3
32mm T2.3
40mm T2.3
50mm T2.3
75mm T2.3
100mm T2.6
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#7 kevin jackman

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Posted 05 November 2007 - 10:36 PM

does anybody know what the 16mm lenses (like the ones on ebat at the moment) compare to in terms of quality? sharpness?
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#8 Mitch Gross

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Posted 05 November 2007 - 11:29 PM

Steve Gladstone did a comparison test using his Ultra-Ts and a bunch of other lenses including my personal set of Optar Illuminas. He turned it into an article for Showreel Magazine, which I believe is available on its website. The Ultra-Ts weren't terrible, but they certainly didn't stand up to the Optars.
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