View Full Version : Info on Kodak Cine Ektars needed

07-12-2007, 02:40 PM
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 IŽd like to try reversed for macro.

Your help would be much appreciated.
Thanks in advance.

Dan Fromm
07-12-2007, 05:02 PM
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.

07-15-2007, 09:46 AM
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.