Info on Kodak Cine Ektars needed

Discussion in 'Macro Photography' started by macromark, Jul 12, 2007.

  1. macromark

    macromark Member

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    Hi folks,

    Does anybody know the difference between the Kodak Cine "Ektar" and "Ektar II" lenses? Is there any difference in lens quality? My dealer offers an "Ektar" built in 1949 that I´d like to try reversed for macro.

    Your help would be much appreciated.
    Thanks in advance.
    Regards,
    Mark
     
  2. Dan Fromm

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    AFAIK there's no difference between a 25/1.9 CE and a 25/1.9 CE II. These are the ones that Kodak recommended for photomacrography. Reversed, of course.

    My 25/1.9 CE II is better at f/2.8 than wide open. Very very good lens from 10:1 to 20:1, which is the range I tried it in.

    My 25/1.4 CE II is pretty useless as a macro lens. Same goes for the 15/2.5, if I remembered the maximum aperture correctly.

    To avoid making a bad mistake, don't pay too much. Also, check the lens for mechanical problems (seized aperture is what matters, seized focusing helical isn't relevant) and internal dirt/fungus. I've seen many with seized helicals, also many with internal crud.
     
  3. macromark

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    Dan, thanks for your very helpful reply.
    The one offered is the 25/1.9 in quite good condition, and thus I will give it a try.

    Regards,
    Mark