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#1 Cody Smith

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Posted 20 April 2010 - 12:06 AM

I just purchased what I hope is an operational Arriflex SR II body on eBay for $1250 and am now considering my different lens options. I know that renting would give me access to the best, but assuming that my interest is in purchasing either a few primes or a zoom, are there any options where I could spend south of $1000 and still obtain a reasonable high quality image?

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#2 Chris Keth

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Posted 20 April 2010 - 04:57 PM

To be perfectly honest, I don't know of any lenses less than a grand that I would use on a paying job.
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Posted 20 April 2010 - 05:35 PM

Yeah, I definitely agree. My interest is less of a hired job and more of a personal project, and I'm just trying to run through my options as far as cheap glass that will still give me a relatively nice image.
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#4 Adrian Sierkowski

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Posted 20 April 2010 - 05:53 PM

If the SR has a PL mount on it, you might be a bit SoL on cheap lenses. Cheapest would be looking for lenses in Arri Std mount with an adapter, but one of 'em will put you over 1G. I recall seeing some cheaper slower zooms over at Visual Products; though if it's a S16mm SR2 (assuming it's not) they may not cover through the range. Another option to look into would be some Lomo lenses rehoused in PL mounts, which can be had cheaply; though often won't clear between the mount and the viewfinder (the 50mm T2 or any of them with what I call the "weird focus grip" won't clear it). 'bout all I can think of at the moment.
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#5 Cody Smith

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Posted 20 April 2010 - 05:55 PM

Apologies, I should have mentioned in my original post, according to the auction it uses the Arri bayonet mount.

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#6 Adrian Sierkowski

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Posted 20 April 2010 - 06:01 PM

Ahh in such a case... give a call over to Visual Products in Ohio. I know they have some lenses 'round and I've seen some for a few hundred dollars... nothing spectacular, but it'll make an image.
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Posted 22 April 2010 - 05:27 PM

Ahh in such a case... give a call over to Visual Products in Ohio. I know they have some lenses 'round and I've seen some for a few hundred dollars... nothing spectacular, but it'll make an image.


Second on visual products. They're wonderful. Any of zeiss' 10-100 or 11-110 T2.0 or T2.2 are quite nice. Perhaps my favorite 16mm zoom is the canon 8-64 and the cooke 9-56 (not pocitive on the cooke's exact limits, something like that though).
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Posted 22 April 2010 - 08:55 PM

Second on visual products. They're wonderful. Any of zeiss' 10-100 or 11-110 T2.0 or T2.2 are quite nice. Perhaps my favorite 16mm zoom is the canon 8-64 and the cooke 9-56 (not pocitive on the cooke's exact limits, something like that though).


Its a 9.5-57 and its T1.9, its a great cheap lens. Prolly the fastest on the market at that range and it doesn't breath half as much as the 10:1 3.1
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Posted 23 April 2010 - 02:12 AM

Its a 9.5-57 and its T1.9, its a great cheap lens. Prolly the fastest on the market at that range and it doesn't breath half as much as the 10:1 3.1


That's the one. Thanks for the filled-in details. I've used that quite a bit on super 16 and really liked it. It doesn't seem to be as popular as the zeiss 10:1 lenses or the canon 8-64.
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