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Every lenses collector know Kinoptik, a famous french factory. But here in France, no photographer know it … Kinoptik is still producing lenses for army applications or special request. Apochromat lens series are famous for sharpness and very typical french bokeh. Here this is the desirable Kinoptik Apochromat 100mm f/2 in a Cameflex 35mm mount. My copy was used in french army during 1950’s. This version has a beautiful blue coating and iris blades are also blue.

 

 

Very typical french bokeh and great sharpness wide open. Excellent colors rendition.

 

 

Price : +++

Beauty : 9/10

Rarity : 9/10

Use : 9/10

Size / weight : 9/10

Sharpness : 8/10

Contrast : 7/10

Bokeh : 10/10

Grade = 8.7/10

 

Carl Zeiss Distagon 16mm f/2 in Arriflex Strandard mount. Love this lens !!! Fast, sharp with classic Zeiss bokeh.

The Helios 58mm f/2 type 44-2 is an URSS famous copy of the zess biometar by zeiss. This lens is famous with his swirly bokeh. There many differets versions of the Helios 58mm f/2 but the most renowned is the 44-2 version. This version is considered to have the best swirly bokeh. Low sharpness at f/2 and a little better at f/4 but this is not the first quality of this lens. Last reason to get this lens : his low price.

Price : +

Beauty : 5/10

Rarity : 4/10

Use : 8/10

Size / weight : 8/10

Sharpness : 5/10

Contrast : 7/10

Bokeh : 10/10

Grade = 6.7/10