Why we Love our Zeiss Superspeeds


Way back in the early days of the Film Store, Jason made sure there was a place on the shelves for this hard-to-come-by set of Superspeeds.  Renowned for their impressive speed and the beautiful aesthetic quality of the out-of-focus areas of the images (referred to as bokeh), it’s a look that’s travelled well from that spontaneous purchase in the U.S. back to our clients at home in London.

The appeal of their vintage cinema look that still translates today.  It’s over 30 years on from their most referenced uses in “The Shining”, where they were used in Kubrik’s legendary (low light) Ball scene.  Today, they still bring a recognisable character to motion pictures such as “Lost in Translation”, the latest “Jason Bourne” film, JJ Abrams’ “Super 8”, and “The Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind”.

Certain timeless qualities make these lenses extremely popular. As Matthew Duclos suggests: “The physics of cameras haven’t changed, the more advanced and cleaner the technology the more that people seek something old and original to offset that perfection.”

Find out more about our Superspeeds here.

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