Introduced in 1982, the Nikkor AI-S lenses were Nikon's last fully-manual line before autofocus became popular. Their superb optics and robust construction made these lenses the first choice of photojournalists all over the world. They were also used extensively for shooting VFX cinematography on the original VistaVision camera systems.
The first Leica SLR lenses were released in 1965, and over the next thirty years, Leica expanded the line to include nearly three dozen different primes and zooms. Though largely overlooked by the still photography community, these lenses have seen a resurgence among cinematographers who prize them for their rich images and gentle focus roll-off.
Bausch and Lomb Original Baltars
Developed in Rochester, New York in the late 1930's, the original Baltars have simple optical designs and primitive coatings, but maintain high resolution in the center and control flares really well. Comprised of eight focal lengths, from 25mm to 152mm, this is among the most consistent vintage sets for color temperature and contrast.