You Can Shoot Photos with Stanley Kubrick's NASA Space Lenses

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A rental house in Munich modified their digital camera to take Stanley Kubrick's f/0.7 lenses, which NASA commissioned from Zeiss to shoot the dark side of the moon. Meaning you can go out and shoot photos with, essentially, historical artifacts.

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The set of ten was commissioned by NASA for the lunar missions during the 1960s, and are some of the widest aperture lenses ever made. Three of the ten were sold directly to Stanley Kubrick for use on the film Barry Lyndon in 1975. Kubrick modified these lenses to work on his Mitchell BNC camera in order to shoot scenes solely lit with candlelight.

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The rental house P+S Technik modified a PS-Cam X35 HD to have a BNC mount so it can take the 50-year-old 35mm and 50mm lenses. Although the lenses and camera are available from a select group of rental houses, the price is not listed on their page, but you can assume it'd break the bank to get your hands on them.

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P+s have provided some sample stills shot by Olli Froeschke, BvK:

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Head over the P+S Kubrick Collection to see footage of the lenses in action. They're incredibly beautiful to see shot wide open. Even though cameras can handle high ISO's now with almost no grain, these lenses still provide for an incredible look with a unique, unmatchable depth of field and bokeh. [Kubrick Collection vis Petapixel]

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DISCUSSION

Just to be pedantic, there is no "dark side of the moon", per se. There is the side that is tidally locked away from us so we can't see it, but it gets just as much light as the side we do see.

#technicalities