Leica Cooke Amotal LTM 2" f/2.0

I never really knew the Brits made lenses. That should tell you a lot right there. But I did remember THC lenses being sold on imported DDR SLR's way back in the day in the NY area. Rumor had it they were surplus BBC TV camera lenses being unloaded at bargain prices. They were, in fact, THC Amotal 2" f/2.0 lenses from the failed Bell & Howell Foton camera which had been reworked to LTM lenses. Little did I know. I have run across them recently and been impressed by their rendering of light and color. They make cine lenses now and are famous for the "Cooke look" or so their ads say. Photos out on Flickr assembled by a photo search for "Amotal" pull in some lovely pics. And while I cannot buy my way to glory I can get better tools to make the job more pleasant. And so have I done. Here is a link and a photo. Cooke Amotal
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Very nice- This is an uncommon lens, and every lens is unique in its "Prescription" as an optical engineer told me. "Formula" usually depicts the block diagram and relates families of lenses. Prescription is the exact glass, radii of the surfaces, and spacing between elements. The combination gives the lens a unique rendering.

The UK still make lenses, I will be getting a Bertele Sonnar made by Skyllaney this Summer.
 
Very nice- This is an uncommon lens, and every lens is unique in its "Prescription" as an optical engineer told me. "Formula" usually depicts the block diagram and relates families of lenses. Prescription is the exact glass, radii of the surfaces, and spacing between elements. The combination gives the lens a unique rendering.

The UK still make lenses, I will be getting a Bertele Sonnar made by Skyllaney this Summer.

The Bertele sounds like it will be an interesting and good lens. I expect you will keep us posted with reviews and pics when you have it. I'll be happy to see them,

"Prescription" - hmmm, yes. I suspect that Cooke is meddling with some interesting glass types for their special "Cooke Look." After two days with the Amotal I am pleased, quite pleased. In the right light it will really glow and it does this without seeming to sacrifice any other qualities. It is pretty sharp. It is beautifully made, definitely not a Lucas product. The Canon 50mm LTM f/1.8 you recommended is the closest other lens I have. And I am an eager fan of the KMZ Jupiter lenses from the 50's. Very nice color and true with great hues and shading. The J8 has to be the best lens buy around. I have pretty much lost interest in the CV lenses as they seem cold.

I will be using this Amotal a lot in the next few weeks. And I am interested in seeing it work on a Pixii where it is an effective 75mm. It looks like the Pixii will be here Monday. It is in PDX now. A sacrifice of five oxen will always bring good things. But I am so tired of beef ribs. ;o)
 
So, here is a first snap with the Pixii APSC camera using the Cooke Amotal. I am going out to find some better images but this was just a quick one of a clinging vine. I neglected to enter the correct lens size, it was 50mm not 28mm.

Not too impressive but we all have to start somewhere.


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Succumbed to M9/Amotal fever this afternoon when we got some sunshine. I wandered around the West Mooring Basin, as usual, and took photos of the Oregon Responder, as usual. And some other stuff. I like the Amotal, I like how it does color and hue, I like its precision. I want to do a Canon 50mm LTM f/1.4. Canon 50mm LTM F/1.8, Jupiter 50mm 8 LTM ('57 KMZ) and the 2" (~50mm) Amotal f/2.0 test just to see how they compare.

Fasten your seatbelts, here come five.

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My favorite Sesame Street character, Grover, and a house in the town in Colorado named after him. Looks like lens distortion to me. Ah, well, nothing is perfect and I will center architectural type pics in the future. But other verticals looks fine. Second story windows and chimneys are vertical. The fence to the left of the house cants to the right. Maybe the house was canted and the lens is OK. M09/Amtal. Ecco! Grover, Colorado!

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California. It is not LA and San Francisco. Those are ornaments. California is Bakersfield. California's business is oil and agriculture. The San Joaquin (Valley, San Joaquin Valley - Wikipedia) is most of California's ag produce. This is a photo of some grain storage buildings alongside I-5 just north of Williams. It may be north of dry land rice farming prevalent around Sacramento, but you can be sure it is farming that pays the rent around here. And I-5 carries produce to market. M9/Amotal. It was triple digit heat.

NB, added later, note there is no lens distortion here. That red house in Grover, Colorado, was tilted. As I had hoped/suspected. Bravo Amotal.

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Part of the Astoria fishing fleet getting worked on before returning to work. Both shot with the 2" Cooke Amotal.


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These fellows are getting their sailboat blasted with fine glass particles. They seem happy as does the blaster in the background. Bottom painting tomorrow. Bottom paint is US$250 a gallon and at least two gallons will be needed.



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