Posted 10 December 2014 - 08:15 AM
I've been playing with a set of Kinoptik Apochromats in Cameflex mount that we have, looking at converting them to PL, though we'll probably end up making a Cameflex mount for Alexa instead. They are very nice lenses for their age (1960s), remind me of Super Baltars in the way that colours pop and bokeh has a sort of water-colour feel with donut shaped blur patterns. The chromatic correction is excellent. They are Double Gauss variants, like a lot of Baltars and Speed Panchros and other popular cinema lenses.
Kinoptik were always very well regarded and supplied to mostly high end camera brands like Debrie, Alpa, Leica, Exacta, Eclair and Arri. Many French New Wave films shot on Cameflexes would have used Kinoptiks, and their Tegeas were the best very wide angle cine lenses available for years, both in 16 and 35mm formats. Kubrik often used the 9.8mm Tegea (as did many others).
These days the longer focal length Apochromats are the ones that typically fetch the highest amounts, especially the 100mm. I would hazard to guess it's still photographers who are pushing up the prices more than cinematographers. You will find plenty of photos of colourful foliage taken with Kinoptik Apochromats online if you want to see examples.