Vintage Hilux Anamorphic CinemaScope 16 Projector SINGLE FOCUS LENS Adapted Gh5 GH4 Gh2 Gh1 compatible with Micro Four Thirds APS-C NEX. One of a kind, extremely rare, cool and unique lens!
This Anamorphic CinemaScope lens from the 1950s which was designed for 16mm anamorphic film projection but is still very usable for modern photography and cinema / HD video production! This lens is compact at. A huge benefit to this lens for cinematographers and videographers, is that it is only focused via the front element ring (single focus mechanism) thus making it much easier to focus than most other low cost anamorphic setups which requiring focusing two lenses with a follow focus etc - you can do it with just your hand for handheld shooting. Pairs great with small cameras, rigs, handheld shooting.Note these sample images were taken on a Panasonic GH1 Camera so you can see the lens covers the Micro Four Thirds frame easily and focuses well at the M4/3 standard. You can see what great compositional possibilities the lens opens up for two shots, etc, given the short MoD (minimum focus distance) 8 feet. The focusing ring is stiff -- lens is still highly usable if you can set your point of focus before the shot and film, but if you plan on doing a lot of follow focus / rack focus through a take you will probably want to get the mechanism lubricated. This is quite easy to do on this lens as the front element simply unscrews with the loosening of one set screw and you could put lens grease on the thread screw it back on and be done.
Or take it to any camera store they will be able to do it in 15 minutes. The lens is NOT in "mint or perfect condition, " optically, or otherwise. This issue would impact a collector more than a photographer or cinematographer.
There are some small dust specks inside the front element... It is highly unlikely to appear in any images... I could not even get the dust to show up in pictures for this listing.So it is very minor, especially for a vintage lens this age. If you cared, You can probably get these cleaned out at the same time you do the focus ring, if you decide to do that. So its not a huge deal.
Obviously the barrel has some signs of wear but nothing unseemly. There is an adhesive sticker from a previous owner which is loose and easily removable. The "mount" is very DIY and only partially assembled - some DIY work will probably be required to securely mount the lens on a Mirrorless camera. The back of the lens has an approximately 27.5mm diameter smooth cylindrical bore x 50mm length.There is an aluminum ring which came with the lens that affixes to this and tightens with set screws, raising it to the 30.5mm diameter which is the most common bore for 16mm movie projectors. However I went and 3D printed a mount from red ABS plastic (by no means "professional" but it got the job done) that goes right on the 27.5mm diameter, it fits snug and secure and has a flat back for epoxying to a standard C - Micro Four Third adapter with a flat surface. I also printed (pilot) holes for small (ie M3) screws should you want to secure it further beyond epoxy. If you are a maker / DIY person or have access to a 3D printer this will not be very hard at all. The mount does NOT need to be metal since it is so lightweight, plastic is fine. If you are using the lens for its intended purpose (projection) this is a non-issue and it's ready to go!
#3 only applies to those who want to mount it on modern cameras. See my other listings for iscomorphot anamorphot inflight projection lenses, Japan Kowa lenses, PL mount lenses, C mount lenses, mirrorless lenses, books and other equipment for video cinema film school and production.