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A Look at the Camera Lenses Used by Stanley Kubrick Over His Career


Stanley Kubrick is famous as a filmmaker, but he actually started out his creative career as a photographer. Last year we shared a glimpse into his still photography career.

The video above is a 12-minute tour of the lenses Kubrick collected over the course of his life. Legendary camera pioneer and expert Joe Dunton talks about each item in the collection.

Among the lenses we learn about is Kubrick’s ultra rare Zeiss f/0.7 lens, which he used to film scenes by the dim light of candles.


Kubrick’s “understanding of lenses came from his stills background,” Dunton says. “Lenses actually make the pictures. Lenses are the most important part of cinema picture making, which he understood very well.”

(via The Online Photographer)