Category Archives: Full-Frame (35mm film)

HELIOS 40-2 85mm F1.5 Joins IronGlass’ MKII Set

HELIOS 40-2 85mm F1.5 Joins IronGlass’ MKII Set

The legendary Helios 40-2 85mm f/1.5 is joining IronGlass’ MKII rehousing lineup. While its little brother, the Helios 44-2 58mm f/2 get all the fame, the 40-2 is actually the true king of swirly bokeh, which makes it a perfect addition to the IronGlass’s Soviet MKII series. The Helios 40-2 has an interesting history, being… Continue Reading

Canon FD Price List 2022

Canon FD Price List 2022

Over the last few years, no lens range has courted more controversy in terms of its market and pricing than the Canon FD. Once considered decidedly unglamorous and a poor shooter’s lens set – much like their oft-reviled Cinema Products-rehoused cousins, the K-35s – this range has found new legs with the rise of vintage… Continue Reading

Minolta Lenses Receive a Rehousing Treatment!

Minolta Lenses Receive a Rehousing Treatment!

News has broken of a new rehoused lens set hitting the market! Ancient Optics – hot on the heels of their Kowa Full Frame primes and Canon FD 50-300mm zoom lens project – have teamed up once again with the team at GL Optics to rehouse the Minolta SR Rokkor lenses for use in cinema projects. Continue Reading

Introduction to Contax Zeiss + Cine Tune-Up Guide

Introduction to Contax Zeiss + Cine Tune-Up Guide

    In my previous buyer’s guide I’ve shown you how to build a Zeiss Jena “Mini-Cine” set for $1000, but if you have a bit more money to spend then Contax Zeiss is the way to go! I’m a big fan of these lenses and have been building my own set for the last few years,… Continue Reading

Canon FD 17mm F4 | REVIEW

Canon FD 17mm F4 | REVIEW

As you may know, I’m a big fan of Canon FD lenses and it’a finally time to review one of the widest lenses in Canon FD line-up, the 17mm F4! WHY: Many people will ask: Why bother with such slow and fairly expensive 17mm prime, when every cheap modern kit lens more or less matches… Continue Reading

PETZVAR 105mm F3.2 PL Mount Lens | Swirly Bokeh Monster

PETZVAR 105mm F3.2 PL Mount Lens | Swirly Bokeh Monster

A few weeks ago I received an email from Denys Ivanichek, asking for some feedback and suggestions regarding a very interesting lens he has been working on! I’m sure a lot of you heard the name PETZVAL! I learned about such lenses when Lomography created their New Petzval 85 lenses back in 2013, which became… Continue Reading