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  1. #1 Inexpensive Vinage Glass For That 'Dreamy'/Halation/Flare-y Look? 
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    I have a model friend who wants to do a glamour shoot with some faerie lights and that 'dreamy/vintage' [bloom/halation and probably flare-y] look. From a little bit of research, it seems like the smart thing to do is use my existing modern glass with one of the stronger Tiffen Pearlescents (and maybe a star or streak filter on top).

    But as pricey as those filters get, it occurs to me I actually might spend *less* buying some old single-coated lens or something. I'd also probably have more fun that way, really.

    Going back and forth on needing FF35 to use the Nikon Z6 for ProRes RAW or renting a Pocket Cinema Camera 4K [which would mean learning Resolve a little], so if you have any C mount (or similar) picks that would cover the latter, throw that at me too.

    What are your favorites?
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    Russian still lenses. Mir 37mm, helios 58mm, and Jupiter 85mm are all excellent lovely looking cheap lenses. Usually in M42 mount so adaptable to just about anything.

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    cinematographers used to smear vaseline on the front element to get that effect. This way you can control the extend.
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    The russian glass would probably be a great choice. You could probably pop on to eBay or KEH and get a decent handful of vintage glass to play with.

    Also get a clear filter and play around with vaseline or chapstick like Jacek mentions. I got a clear Nisi filter for $20 and I use that to smear chapstick on every once in awhile.
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    I think you want what these guys are selling: https://shop.lomography.com/jp/lenses

    These lenses are incredibly cheap compared to cine glass and offer the kinds of craziness you desire.
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    Here's a list which shows a variety of brands and focal lengths:

    https://www.shutterbug.com/content/1...nses-use-dslrs

    There is also the Leitz Summar, and other L39 mount lenses such as the 90mm Elmar. An option for Micro 4/3 is to use old 16mm lenses with a TC. Never tried it though - maybe I should.

    Edit - lenses with lots of flare: https://www.vintagelensesforvideo.co...ng-lens-flare/
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    I use the Helios 58mm sometimes on my mirrorless Nikon Z6, not sure you can use it on a DSLR Nikon...
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    Quote Originally Posted by David Mullen ASC View Post
    I use the Helios 58mm sometimes on my mirrorless Nikon Z6, not sure you can use it on a DSLR Nikon...
    Hard to go wrong with the Helios. I got a bunch of mine for $15 each to mess around with a long while back. Did all sorts of screwy things with the optics to muck them up a bit. Fun platform to experiment for sure if funky is the goal.
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    Quote Originally Posted by David Mullen ASC View Post
    not sure you can use it on a DSLR Nikon...
    Yeah, my understanding is that an M42 to Nikon F adapter sort of acts like a very small extension tube. You can mount it but you lose infinity and get a closer focus range.
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    Thinking the Helios 58mm is probably the way to go. Some others mentioned here I might have to pick up too.

    Any suggestions other than the Jupiter-9 as a longer lens to pair with the Helios?

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    Hard to go wrong with the Helios
    PS If you haven't seen it, this dude is a lens nerd perhaps at your own level, talking about the many versions of the Helios 44 [I think these are just versions of the 44-2, even]: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mV3MSfl-NYI
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