I wouldn't buy man, rent em. Make friends with a local owner, and heck even exchange services, or barter. Don't spend 15+k on glass that you will only use half the time, and have coverage issues. (If you have an epic that is)
Buy them if they'll pay for themselves (ie. client billings). Don't buy if you use several different types of lenses from project to project. re: Standard Speeds. I think they're great lenses and definitely have a distinct look. I prefer their look to RPP's and in some respect to Superspeeds. That said, the mechanics somewhat blow. The rings are so close together that it can be quite a finger buster aligning your MB and FF on the wider shorter lenses. The focus ring too isn't the most progressive. It's no comparison to the Cookes. Another thing to consider, is that the SS's don't perform well wide open. But the Cookes do. So in practical terms the speed is about the same with the Cookes having a clear mechanical advantage. The Panchros are a dream to pull focus on. The Standards, not so much. Looks wise, for me, it's apples and oranges. Rental wise, I think in the long run, Cookes are the smart money.
The Zeiss Standard speeds actually do perform well wide open.
This is why a lot of people like them more than the Superspeeds.
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