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#1 Lennert Hillege

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Posted 09 October 2015 - 11:12 AM

Todd OA...

 

Who has experience shooting on the Todd OA T2.3 Anamorphic set for the big screen?

 

Alexa 4:3 Arri Raw

 

I would love more deteiled opinions about these lenses.

 

Western style feature film shot mostly in day exterior..

 

Anybody?

 

Thanks,

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#2 David Mullen ASC

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Posted 09 October 2015 - 11:21 AM

It's AO (American Optical), not OA...

 

I've looked at these lenses on a projector at Clairmont Cameras, they were OK, a little yellowish from the old coatings, not evenly sharp across the frame but not dissimilar to other old anamorphics like C-Series Panavision lenses.  Lower in contrast. I think on a digital camera, they would work well.  There were two generations, a later high-speed one using Nikon elements.


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#3 Lennert Hillege

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Posted 09 October 2015 - 11:26 AM

Thanks for the quick reply David!

 

Yes, AO.. makes sense, thanks!

 

Can you tell me more?

 

Is the color matching a problem or with digital grading solvable?

 

How about extreme highlight, did you see strange side effects?

 

What F stop did they use?

 

Thanks again..

 

Greeting from Italy


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#4 David Mullen ASC

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Posted 09 October 2015 - 11:42 AM

They are old lenses so there will be some matching issues but any D.I. session could solve that.  I didn't shoot with them, just looked at them at Clairmont for a few minutes.  I think they sold them off.

 

You could look at "Logan's Run" on blu-ray if you want to get a sense of what these lenses do (though they hadn't aged by that point.)


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Posted 09 October 2015 - 11:44 AM

Will do!

 

Thanks again David..


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Posted 09 October 2015 - 04:28 PM

Also check out  " Flash Gordon" and " Macbeth " both shot by Gil Taylor BSC. 


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#7 David Mullen ASC

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Posted 09 October 2015 - 04:53 PM

Was it Todd-AO 35 lenses that Dino De Laurentiis bought for his studio?  If so, then you can add "Dune" to the list.  I remember, though, at the time that Freddie Francis felt that they needed to be stopped down for any sort of sharpness.


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#8 David Mullen ASC

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Posted 10 October 2015 - 01:03 AM

By coincidence, I just watched the documentary on the making of "Mad Max" and they mentioned that Peckinpah shot "The Getaway" (1972) in Texas on Todd-AO 35 lenses and the lenses were so beat-up and damaged after the shoot that they were sold to someone in Australia and the Mad Max production ended up with them.  They tended to slip focus but the 35mm one, which is really wide-angle in anamorphic, like an 18mm lens in spherical, was good and most of the action scenes on the road was shot with it.  The documentary said that "Mad Max" was the only movie in Australia shot on Todd-AO 35 lenses, so I guess that set was pretty crappy and never used again.


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Posted 10 October 2015 - 04:13 AM

Yes Dino De Laurentis did buy the Todd-35 lenses, so you can add "Conan" to the list .


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Posted 27 October 2015 - 08:56 AM

Hello
I own a Set of Todd-ao wonderful ...
lenses are really beautiful ..
This is a link to a spot made with Todd-ao
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Massimo Proietti
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#11 David Mullen ASC

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Posted 27 October 2015 - 10:08 AM

Clairmont still has their Todd-AO lenses apparently.
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#12 Massimo Proietti

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Posted 27 October 2015 - 10:41 AM

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#13 Massimo Proietti

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Posted 27 October 2015 - 11:01 AM

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