The shining: lens choice (6 replies and 15 comments)
I got an awesome opportunity today to use the lenses used to shoot The Shining today. The lenses as one could imagine have been put through their paces so they have quite a unique look to them compared to the Cooke lenses I've used in the cage.
Can you let us know what lenses were used on the “Shining”.
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It was a set of five lenses. 25, 35, 50, 85 and another lens ( I can't see the marking in the photograph I took.
Thats really interesting. Also like to know more. Holy cinema relics.
I got to photograph ET (there is only one) a few years ago for a project, he has his own vault and curator restoration team. Was surprisingly moving, like being shown the bones of a saint.
I was in for a lab and the professor knowing I was a camera nerd asked if I wanted to see something cool. Obviously, I declined this offer. He gave my partner and I two cases and he told us that the smaller of the two contained the lenses used on the shining. I'll ask how he procured these lenses the next time I see the professor!
Also, if you don't mind me asking . What were you doing that you got to shoot ET ? Because I'm pretty sure that story would be a bit more interesting than mines lol.
Shooting in nYC and LA for a big Fashion Magazine we worked with Speilberg to recreate classic scenes from his movies with modern day stars. I was given scans form original film, jaws, jurassic, close encounter E.T. Was a really great project but probably did to too well as theres basically little visual difference between original and the new. https://www.harpersbazaar.com/culture/film-tv/g2364/best-steven-spielberg-film-scenes-photos-1212/»
The very set of Zeiss Super Speeds used in the production?
Probably mark1 or mark 2 series which included the dreaded 18 mm.I think that you will find that some of these lenses were eventually shared with ‘Star Wars‘ being made next door while ‘Shining’ was finishing. The wood from the Hotel sets then turned into space ships. Typical of Elstree Studios. I understand that Samuelson supplied the lenses for both films, although Kubrick did collect his own lenses that were adapted for his use.
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Kubrick owned his own equipment and would match the lenses for a complete set himself, which is what makes the idea that someone would get to use them so intriguing. I'd have thought they'd be in the Kubrick archive at University of the Arts London or in the worldwide touring exhibition.
Did they use Super Speeds for any elements on Empire Strikes Back? It's anamorphic widescreen, and then I'd have thought the special effects plates (VistaVision or 65) would've been Hasselblads or Nikkors.
I asked my partner and he told me they were Zeiss. However, I don't thing they were super speeds. I'll have to check back with my professor to get the details on the lenses. I was too excited to put them on the camera !
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The original Star Wars and The Empire Strikes Back were shot on Panavision C series lenses, while Return of the Jedi was shot on Cooke Xtal Express and Varotal lenses. Kubrick also used Zeiss Super Speeds on Full Metal Jacket and Eyes Wide Shut.
That’s very interesting.
Yes, I'm not sure why "Empire Strikes Back" would need to borrow Kubrick's spherical lenses, being an anamorphic shoot except for VistaVision plates but I'm sure the occasional element could have been shot on 4-perf 35mm spherical...
Some of the scenes in The Shining were certainly shot with Zeiss Superspeed MkI's. Easily distinguished by the triangular oof light blobs in the background in the ballroom scene for instance. Only the MkI superspeeds had that unique triangular aperture.
Interesting that it seems impossible to tell the difference!
Wow, I never realized the button was under the text box, lol! These are the photos I got of the lenses, Mike. As I said in an earlier post, I'm not sure about the lenses' details, so I hope this helps you identify them.
Here they are
Obviously Super-Speeds being T/1.4...
These lenses are “minty” and seem have been well looked after. They were made between 1971- 1974 according to the serial number and so may have been the lenses used on “shining”. Popular Lenses over their long lifetime are normally stripped, rebuilt and repainted adding modern lens coatings so they may not always look Original. Old Zeiss lenses are still fetching high prices so an overhaul is money well spent. Rental firms are happy to revamp their equipment if it means increased profits. Cameras can be thrown in the bin but not lenses, they can be adapted.
Just to add that one of the lenses has been engraved with “Property of ?” Which does indicate that they were owned by a Rental firm at some stage in its life. So it looks like they were sold off and entered into private hands. Or they are still owned by the rental firm. Goods lenses are rarely sold off especially if they had a pedigree.