The Bausch & Lomb Super Baltar T2.3 35mm PL Lens has a T of 2.3 and a minimum focus distance of 18 inches. It is lightweight at a mere 1.2 pounds.
History of the Super Baltars
The Super Baltar Lenses by Bausch & Lomb are amongst the most famed lenses around. The line was released in 1966 and improved upon the priorly released original Baltars. Furthermore, they were amongst the first lenses to be optimized for color photography. However, perhaps it was their credits that made these lenses so famous. The Super Baltars were used to shoot the legendary “The Godfather” and ‘The Godfather II” amongst other blockbuster films.
Super Baltars Today
Nowadays, the Super Baltar lenses are often used to in conjunction with modern digital cine cameras. The combination of the rigid sensor grid paired with the softer vintage lens creates a look popular among modern day cinematographers. The use of the lens balances out the overly-sharp look yielded by today’s cine lenses. In addition, they yield images with a very warm tone.