Watch: 12-Minute In-Depth Discussion on the Lenses Kubrick Used

March 31, 2015
Source: YouTube, Filmmaker

Kubrick Lenses

Camera nerds and cinematographers gather ’round. A video has been uploaded to YouTube that features cinematographer Joe Dunton (Dance Craze, Checkout Girl) explaining in great detail the various lenses (and cameras) that Stanley Kubrick used as a filmmaker. It's very nerdy and seems to be an older video that is only now making the rounds; we were tipped by Filmmaker Magazine. Joe shows off and discusses a number of the various lenses, wides and zooms, that Kubrick used plus his favorite camera the Arriflex IIc. Get ready for a trip back in time, as he says most of these were popular in the 50s and 60s, but that's fine they're still great lenses. Whether you're a filmmaker or photographer or not, this is worth a quick watch.

From YouTube: "An amazing 12-minute video on Stanley Kubrick's photographic lenses with Joe Dunton (BSC, GBCT)." He starts with the Snyder lens, including a tiny 135mm lens, then progresses through more including: a 20:1 zoom used on Barry Lyndon, a Kinoptic 9.8mm wide angle used on A Clockwork Orange, the Angénieux 25-250 long lens, a bunch of Cooke Speed-Panchro lenses, the "most famous lens of all-time" the Hasselblad 50mm that Kubrick modified himself, some Zeiss lenses he used on Full Metal Jacket, and a modified Nikon Nikkor 180mm f/2.8, plus the 19mm Pack Shot Lens. Hopefully this was an informative and interesting lesson in the many lenses used by Stanley Kubrick. Now get out there and go shoot some film.

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Reader Feedback - 4 Comments


Terrific! Thanks, Alex. This is exactly why I continue to visit your website because you have the intelligence and awareness of what really great cinema is all about. Kubrick has always been and will always remain my favorite filmmaker of all time. He was a genius, he really was. Even though many people disagree with me, which doesn't bother me a wit, Barry Lyndon is my favorite of his for such a variety of reasons. The complete use of all the tools of cinema were displayed in this film. From production design, costumes, locations, the lighting and the brilliant, superior cinematography. Of course, most of his films had all these attributes as well. What continues to baffle me, is that most seem to miss the satirical nature of Barry Lyndon. It's really a very, very funny film dissecting the human condition most incisively. Perhaps that is what freaks people out. Kubrick's views on the human condition. Laughingly, he was accused of being a misanthrope. Perhaps he was. Any one with a degree of intelligence most probably is too. Anyway, Barry Lyndon was just a great, great film; as all of Kubrick's were, in my opinion. Thanks for this clip, Alex. I enjoyed every second of it. Where else would I have had the opportunity to see this but here?

Bo on Mar 31, 2015


I'm not a film maker but this video is quite interesting and informative for anyone who enjoys watching Stanley Kubrick's movies. Let us hope there are craftsmen, or technical designers, who continue the process of making camera devices and components, so that it will remain available for new filmmakers. Digital technology can never replace the creative style of a film maker.

Mike Zarquon on Mar 31, 2015


Thanks for sharing this, AB!

DAVIDPD on Mar 31, 2015


That's what I get for not watching it immediately... it's been taken down 🙁 PLEASE someone re-upload this (or pls reply with a link to another upload)

Terry Craig on Apr 3, 2015

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