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    Hello,

    I am looking for a new set of lenses. I already owned canon L, leica R, Contax zeiss, sigma and sigma ART lenses. I am looking for manual EF(or pl) full frame lenses that have character. Price per lens max 2K. And Fstop between 1.2 and F2.8.

    Any recommendations? (I like the cooke look, anamorphic is too expensive atm otherwise I would be all over that)


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    Quote Originally Posted by Polaroid22 View Post
    Hello,

    I am looking for a new set of lenses. I already owned canon L, leica R, Contax zeiss, sigma and sigma ART lenses. I am looking for manual EF(or pl) full frame lenses that have character. Price per lens max 2K. And Fstop between 1.2 and F2.8.

    Any recommendations? (I like the cooke look, anamorphic is too expensive atm otherwise I would be all over that)
    It sounds like you already had a good selection of lenses you have tried. What was lacking in the ones you had? At $2k or under per lens you're in still lens price range unless you're talking Samyang or Rokinon. Or you can scan Ebay and look for older, weird stuff like Zenits or other Com Bloc glass from the 60s-70s? Which camera will you use these on? What about Lomo Petzval? Or you could check out the Laowa lineup, they make some kind of quirky, interesting optics that are very good quality for the money.
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    Can you elaborate on "character"?

    Look at some of the Helios options.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Polaroid22 View Post
    Hello,

    I am looking for a new set of lenses. I already owned canon L, leica R, Contax zeiss, sigma and sigma ART lenses. I am looking for manual EF(or pl) full frame lenses that have character. Price per lens max 2K. And Fstop between 1.2 and F2.8.

    Any recommendations? (I like the cooke look, anamorphic is too expensive atm otherwise I would be all over that)
    Well, you’re definitely not getting any Cooke’s for that... ; )

    I agree with Dan, for your stated budget, you’re going to be in the Rokinon/Samyang territory with modern, manual “full frame” lenses purchased new.


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    The Sony Cinealta lenses come in PL mounts, and are supposed to perform very well for the money. You can pick them up for a pittance these days as they weren't very successful.


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    I missed your "full frame" requirement. The Sonys are only S35mm.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Grug View Post
    The Sony Cinealta lenses come in PL mounts, and are supposed to perform very well for the money. You can pick them up for a pittance these days as they weren't very successful.
    Ah didnt knew they covered full frame. So that might be a very good option.


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    SLR Magic APO’s


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    Quote Originally Posted by Polaroid22 View Post
    Ah didnt knew they covered full frame. So that might be a very good option.
    Supposedly there are two sets of these lenses; Version 1 and Version 2.

    And V2 are the better lenses (I don't know).
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    Quote Originally Posted by NorBro View Post
    Supposedly there are two sets of these lenses; Version 1 and Version 2.

    And V2 are the better lenses (I don't know).
    Those lenses are Super-35, not Full Frame. The difference between the versions is more robust housings. he first set only had three lenses, were plastic bodies, and only shipped in a kit with the F3 camera.

    And these are the opposite of "lenses with character."
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    Whenever I hear people saying they want lenses with "character" or "personality," I think of someone setting up a person on a blind date and in response to the question of their looks are told that they have a "great personality."

    For your relatively small budget, you may want to look at some vintage stills glass that may have inferior or isotope-aged coatings. You may also want to consider the Petzval lens mentioned above or something from LensBaby. And you may wish to consider a really cheap old zoom lens from a lower-level company like Quasar or Vivitar. A cheap zoom from the 70s or 80s will have a lot of "character."
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