TLS Super Baltars
These wonderful lenses were the industry standard during the 1950s through the 1970s on films like The Godfather. These lenses are great on digital and they really "take the edge off" digital sensors.
The TLS lenses have a Cam follower design and common 110mm fronts. The mechanical action on these lenses is incredible -- just like a modern S4 lens, smooth with many spaced out focus marks.
Focal length / Make / Close Focus / Weight
15mm T4 Kowa CF 3 feet 1lb 2 oz
20mm T2.3 Super Baltar CF 12 in 3lbs 6oz
25mm T2.3 Super Baltar CF 11 in 4lbs 11oz
35mm T2.3 Super Baltar CF 13 in 2lb 14oz
50mm T2.3 Super Baltar CF 14in 2lb 13 oz
75mm T2.3 Super Baltar CF 20in 3lb 6oz
100mm T2.3 Super Baltar CF 3'3" 4lb 4oz
150mm T3 Super Baltar CF 4'9" 4lb 4oz
Angenieux 20-120 Vintage Zoom T2.6 PL mount ( close match)
14.5mm T4 Angenieux (114mm front)
These are probably the best lenses for digital sensors and render skin beautifully. They have a warm color palette and cool flare from the cobalt (hence the "balt"ar name) glass. It's a special contrast which is not low con or washed out, but instead very smooth and beautiful. Some older and poorer quality Super Baltars have lower contrast and glowing highlights. We have hand selected our lenses to minimize that effect. These lenses are all properly sharp on the projector and really special on camera. Shoot one project and you will see why we love these lenses! An American classic which comes from a different time of manufacturing and optical craftsmanship.
Updated Mechanics on these lenses really take a lot of the headaches and guess work out of using older lenses like these.
The image circle on these lenses is amazing with the wide angle 20mm hitting 33mm -- giving almost full Dragon sensor coverage.
20/33mm 25/33mm 35/39mm 50/38mm 75/41mm 100/42mm
SOME CLASSIC FILMS SHOT WITH THESE LENSES:
Godfather Part 1 & Part 2
SOME MODERN FILMS SHOT WITH THESE LENSES INCLUDE:
LABOR DAY , 2013 (Brolin, Winslet)
LOVE IS STRANGE, 2013 (Tomei, Molina, Lithgow)
RESULTS , 2014