So I've seen these Lomo lenses talked about quite a bit on the forums and I'm just trying to figure out what exactly they are... I searched the forum and el Goog to try and find out a bit more info but all I can tell is that some people like them, some don't, they're old, they're Russian (I think), and (at least some of them are) anamorphic. Oh, and they generally use a mount called Oct-19 (and apparently they're popular with the DSLR crowd). Curious that there's not even a wiki page on them. I've seen a few for sale here on Reduser, so apparently they're not terrible.
Can anyone tell me what exactly a Lomo is? Is it some sort of vintage Russian cine lens? Are they still being manufactured? Are they at all comparable to Zeiss, Cooke, Angie, Leica, none of the above? I absolutely love the series II/III Speed Panchros, but they're a bit out of my reach for now unless I'm renting them. Could a good Lomo zoom hold me off until I can get myself a couple of used Panchros?
Sorry for the long post, just trying to learn as much about them as I can! Thanks!