Stanley Kubrick Films Natural Candlelight With Insane f/0.7 Lens
Stanley Kubrick was one of the most acclaimed producers and directors in American cinematography (the Shining is one of my all time favorites). Back in 1975, Stanley directed the three hour masterpiece Barry Lyndon. From a photography standpoint, the film is most noted for Stanley’s use of Mitchell BNC cameras mounted with NASA Zeiss f/0.7 50mm lenses.
the Zeiss prime lenses have some of the fastest apertures ever created. The difference between a f/1.2 lens and a f/0.7 is almost 2 full stops! These lenses allowed many of the scenes in Barry Lyndon to be filmed with as little as 3 candela which is about 45 times less bright than a 25 watt compact light bulb. If you thought the Canon f1.0 Lens had great bokeh, one could only imagine what these lenses could do mounted to a Canon 5D!