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Kubrick's f/0.7 lenses now available for rent (but start saving up)
Legendary filmmaker Stanley Kubrick pushed the boundaries of moviemaking in many ways, and was responsible for some of the most enduring visuals in cinema. When he made Barry Lyndon in 1975, Kubrick shot with two ultra-rare Carl Zeiss primes, which had originally been created for NASA for use in the Apollo space program and were modified for Kubrick to use with a Mitchell BNC camera (which was also specially modified to accept the lenses).
|Carl Zeiss made ten f/0.7 prime lenses in the 1960s, selling six to NASA, keeping one, and selling the remaining three to filmmaker Stanley Kubrick.|
Using the 50mm and 35mm f/0.7 lenses, Kubrick was able to film some scenes purely by candlelight. Now, Germany-based company P+S Technik has announced that they've modified a PS-Cam X35 HD to be able to accept Kubrick's primes, and the whole package is available to rent. Exactly how much it will all cost is still unclear (P+S Technik's brochure simply says 'on request') but the camera alone costs €750 per day, so we doubt it will be within the means of most casual videographers.
For more background on Kubrick's use of the modified f/0.7 primes, check out the short video below, and the full, fascinating story of the various modifications that Kubrick requested can be found here.
And you can see samples, and some test footage shot with the lenses at the Kubrick Collection website.