Carl Zeiss Planar 50mm f/0.7

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Lens on display during the Stanley Kubrick exhibition.
Lens attached to camera as used for Kubrick's Barry Lyndon

The Carl Zeiss Planar 50mm f/0.7 is one of the largest relative aperture (fastest) lenses in the history of photography.[1] The lens was designed and made specifically for the NASA Apollo lunar program to capture the far side of the Moon in 1966.[2][promotional or fringe source?][3]

Stanley Kubrick used these lenses when shooting his film Barry Lyndon, which allowed him to shoot scenes lit only by candlelight.[4][5]

In total there were only 10 lenses made. One was kept by Carl Zeiss, six were sold to NASA, and three were sold to Kubrick.[1]


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