1. I picked this lens up at a Cinequipt gear garage sale 15 or 16 years ago. It's pretty unique for a CCTV lens. It has an internal zoom (12.5-75mm), a constant aperture of f1.8, and builtin gear rings for all three adjustments. I had to modify it slightly to fit my c-mount adaptor and while I was doing that I also declicked the aperture (super easy to do). Do to it being designed for a square aspect ration it vignettes on the sides on the BMPCC. You could simply blow the footage up in post but I prefer to crop it to Academy Standard 1.37:1 as seen here.

    Music: "Blue Rondo à la Turk", by the Dave Brubeck Quartet, from Time Out

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  2. This is one of my two Taylor-Hobson Cooke long lenses, the other being the massive 6 inch f5.5. I find that lens to have too long of a focal range but this little guy seems just right and far more useful.

    Music: "Nasty Magnus", by Count Basie, from Li'l Ol' Groovemaker...Basie!

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  3. This is my favorite of the Cooke lenses I own. It has a very smooth focus throw and the fast f1.3 aperture makes for very shallow depth of field and gorgeous bokeh. It is also one of the only lenses in the collection that has multiple elements. Some of these shots were shot without the lens hood attached and as a result you'll notice some light strike along the bottom of the frame.

    Music: "Unsquare Dance", by The Dave Brubeck Quartet, from Time Further Out

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  4. This really well made (heavier than you'd think) and beautiful little lens gives a very vintage look to its footage. You'll notice that the sharpness drops off toward the edges but I think it's a very nice look.

    Music: "88 Basie Street", by Count Basie and his orchestra, from 88 Basie Street

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Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera with vintage lenses

Jeremy Ryan Carr Plus

I picked up a BMPCC to use with a collection of 70+ years old c-mount 16mm film lenses that I have had forever. The bulk of these lenses are Cookes manufactured by Taylor-Hobson of England. I acquired this set with a Bell & Howell Filmo 70 16mm camera…


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I picked up a BMPCC to use with a collection of 70+ years old c-mount 16mm film lenses that I have had forever. The bulk of these lenses are Cookes manufactured by Taylor-Hobson of England. I acquired this set with a Bell & Howell Filmo 70 16mm camera that I bought when I was 17 or so. I am also sprinkling in some CCTV and TV lenses that I have picked up over the years. For most of these lenses, this is the first time I have seen an image shot with them.
All footage was shot ProRes 422 with the BMPCC's Film settings. A color pass was done in After Effects with some sharpening (25-35%) added to some shots. The lenses were attached to the camera with a c-mount to micro four thirds adaptor I bought off ebay. I'm very happy with it. If you want to know which one let me know. Almost all of these shots are handheld and obviously none of these lenses has any sort of stabilization. This is not a scientific test. I did not shoot any charts. Nothing was shot under studio conditions. It's just me walking around and bringing this little camera with me.

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