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Stanley Kubrick Films Natural Candlelight With Insane f/0.7 Lens


Stanley Kubrick was one of the most acclaimed producers and directors in American cinematography (the Shining is one of my all time favorites). Back in 1975, Stanley directed the three hour masterpiece Barry Lyndon. From a photography standpoint, the film is most noted for Stanley’s use of Mitchell BNC cameras mounted with NASA Zeiss f/0.7 50mm lenses.

The Zeiss prime lenses have some of the fastest apertures ever created. The difference between a f/1.2 lens and a f/0.7 is almost 2 full stops! These lenses allowed many of the scenes in Barry Lyndon to be filmed with as little as 3 candela which is about 45 times less bright than a 25 watt compact light bulb. If you thought the Canon f1.0 Lens had great bokeh, one could only imagine what these lenses could do mounted to a Canon 5D!

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  1. October 30, 2012 at 3:05 PM

    Hi Nuyoka,
    Thanks for your thoughts There’s the terminology that a person needs to be acquainted with before anything else when confronted with Canon lenses. Canon has some terms which are unique to itself.. Various other camera manufacturers have their own as well. Canon and Nikon are the most widely used camera makes. There are two major categories of lenses.. Prime lenses possess a fixed focal length. Zoom lenses have got a variable focal length. Your capacity to purchase along with the quality of photos you need determines the lenses you will buy.
    I’ll be back to read more next time

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