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  1. #1 Your favorite imperfect lens 
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    Hi there,

    I'm on a journey to find imperfect lenses. Meaning lenses that have interesting flares, low contrast, etc... In other words, lenses with interesting character. I love anamorphics but they seem too expensive for me at the moment, so those are out of the game. If you know any please share them below.

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    Contax Zeiss are great lenses and can be had for cheap!

    Leica R's are great too, but are more expensive than Contax.

    You could also go the medium format route, which generally all MF glass has very interesting characteristics. Mamiya 645 glass is insanely inexpensive but can yield amazing results. Hasselblad lenses are great too, but more expensive.

    These are just a few...so many lenses out there, but remember, lenses are very subjective, meaning while some people love them, others hate them.
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    Zeiss Jena
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    Olys. They've been my most recent odd drug these past few years.
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    1960s Angenieux 25-250. Distortion in the corners, slight aberration anytime a light source is peaking, mild halation, and wide open the contrast goes a little flat and edge definition is softened. Forgiving on actors, keeps sets from looking too fake. "Character", in short.
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    Leica R hands down. Absolutely love the way they look, the flare, and yet are pretty sharp. Sharper then vintage glass without the modern coatings we see these days-they're in a league of their own!
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    I second the Angenieux 25-250mm T3.9. But never shoot it wide open.
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    Biotar 58mm F2
    (the original, not the Helios 44...but even the Helios is quite nice tho)

    Contax G 45 F2
    (ooops sorry...this is one of my favorite...but far from imperfect ha!)
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    While not a lens, a visit to antique and junk stores can reveal old fashion glass and bottles which make for interesting pictures.
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    Favorite(s)?
    Pentax 50mm 1.4 smc, with the coating turning orange/yellow.
    the Helios russian 50mm f2 coating not turned
    Nikon Nikor-h 85mm f1.8

    and in cine... the Cooke 20-100 mk1

    honorable mention to Zeiss Jena 20mm f4 flektogon
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