Who doesn’t love a good vintage lens? Better question: Who doesn’t love a good cinematic, vintage lens? You’d be hard-pressed to find any film or video pro not at least interested in checking out some cool vintage lenses to see how they might elevate their shots and projects overall.

This is why it’s always cool when awesome brands like ZERØ OPTIK make an effort to rehouse, and effectively bring back to life, vintage lenses like these Pentax Super-Takumar lenses in their latest project.

Let’s look at these vintage and cinematic lenses and see how they might be worth checking out for your film and video shoots.

Rehoused Pentax Super-Takumar Lenses

Despite being an LA-based company, ZERØ OPTIK takes its name from the famous Japanese/American artist Takuma Kajiwara, who is the brother of Asahi Optical’s founder Kumao Kajaware. And it's in honor of such great artists and lens brands that ZERØ OPTIK has taken on the project of rehousing some Super-Takumars lenses from the 1960s.

For this project, ZERØ OPTIK is offering three Super-Takumar focal lengths to start, but more should be available later in the future. The three available now are:

  • 35mm f/2
  • 50mm f/1.4
  • 85mm f/1.8

These lenses are iconic to expert DPs and cinematography fans and known for their warm tones and beautiful bokeh as they were originally designed for 35mm still photography and tailored for the looks and styles of their era.

Price and Availability

These lenses, and this project itself, were just announced by ZERØ OPTIK so we don’t have many details about the price or the availability of these lenses that they’re looking to launch. However, you can expect the prices to be in line with other rehoused vintage lenses which can be quite high due to their rarity and desirability to so many pro cinematographers.

Still, if you are interested and would like to find out more, you can stay tuned to ZERØ OPTIK’s website here.