January 25, 2017 at 5:53AM, Edited January 25, 6:00AM


Looking for vintage lenses modified

Hi guys

I'm using a BMPCC with EF to BMPCC Speedbooster with is a really great setup. So far I was using Sigma 18-35mm 1.8 but I'm not so satisfied with the lens. It's way too artificial. Too sharp, too contrasty, no flares at all...

I'm looking for a company that modify vintage lenses to cine lenses and could let me choose the amount of flare I want and contrast. Dog Schidt Optiks used to do this but not anymore...

If you guys have some idea of lenses to start with and company that do I'm looking for, let me know.

Btw I'm looking for something about 28mm, 35mm and 55mm.

Thanks a lot;



Hi Thomas. I suggest looking for old M42 mount lenses and using a simple EF adaptor ring.

I also have a bmpcc + EF speed booster and use lots of these lenses. They're often cheap enough that you can take a gamble. Also look out for camera shows - lots of old lenses available.

Also check out 'the lens doctor' based in Scotland and selling through his site and on eBay. He adapts older lenses (especially FD mount) for EF and includes declicked aperture ring. I have the 50mm 1.4 which flares beautifully.

January 25, 2017 at 9:17AM, Edited January 25, 9:17AM


sometimes vintage is good, sometimes not, be cause if you have too much dust in lens you cannot have creamy dof without see dust in bohen.
Not all lens are good in vintage, and often good lens cost more than newer.
I'm vintage lenses lover, then i like minolta rokkor lens and rollei, zeiss, nippon kogaku lens, and more for their special taste of light.
you can adapt yourself changing mount thanks to great guys like Ed mika (minolta, canon fd and more mount to EF mount), Leitax (tons of mount from tons of mount), where you not add an adapter rings but you change mount to have a rock solid mount of your lens to your camera.
These mount are not economy solution, but are the BEST solution to use vintage to new EF mount. Avoid china mount (i found too much rought mount), when you adapt a lens frm a mount to another, also a 1/10mm of error give you fuzzness, blurring on left, right side of picture, problem to infinity focus and more...

January 25, 2017 at 10:34AM

Carlo Macchiavello
Director (with strong tech knowledge)

Thanks a lot for the answer.

I've already used a lot of Vintage lenses when I was still using EOS DSLR.
For now I think I'll go for a Takumar kit 28-35-50mm which I really love. The problem is that I think I can't change the mount

January 26, 2017 at 2:05AM

Thomas Hauser

Big ups for Contax Zeiss glass. The look is perfect for everything from weddings to commercial work to music videos, and if you slap a Black Pro Mist 1/8 filter on the front it goes an even longer way to cut down on the sharp video-y look. Check out our kit here:


Good luck!

January 26, 2017 at 4:31AM

Chris Aumen
Director of Photography

I do like Contax Zeiss glass a lot ! But I actually prefer the Takumar. It's personnal choice I guess.

Thomas Hauser

January 26, 2017 at 8:17AM

The "too sharp" effect is from the lack of proper optical block on the sensor. If you get an after-market OLPF (about $350) you will get a much more natural looking image regardless of which lens you use. Less alias/moire, less IR pollution, less illusion of sharpness.
If you want flares and poor contrast, aim for uncoated glass, like the old Zenit primes. I have a few M42 lenses and some of them are fairly good, despite their age, so the combination of glass and uncoated are important factors for getting more glare.

January 26, 2017 at 5:15AM, Edited January 26, 5:16AM


Well thanks a lot ! I actually loved Zenith's lenses. I'm not really looking for huge flare everywhere and everytime... But I found the flares created by Sigma and Canon lenses to artificial. It's a proper and a bit shy flare.

Thomas Hauser

January 26, 2017 at 8:23AM

But I'm a bit afraid by putting an OLPF alone...
What are the Disadvantages of this kind of filter ?

Thomas Hauser

January 26, 2017 at 8:24AM

Zenits are well-designed to be certain (as were their cameras), they just skimped on coatings and consistency can be an issue because they were largely hand-made.

The OLPF is an easy mod to do if you can handle a jewler's screwdriver. I guess if you hate having decent video, that could be a disadvantage. It will APPEAR to be less sharp because there won't be any alias distortion, which I guess some untrained eyes don't like. All professional cameras have them, but cheap cameras often don't because they add so much to the cost. It is literally the 2nd most expensive single part of a camera aside from the sensor itself, but you can't very well eliminate the sensor. :p
Check this comparison, though there's a couple of companies selling kits specifically for the BMPCC.

I sometimes remove the OLPF from my industrial camera to get more IR sensitivity for night sky shooting, but that's a 3-CCD camera (no color aliases) and there's no patterns in the sky to cause moire.

January 26, 2017 at 9:16AM


January 26, 2017 at 6:39PM


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