NASA-designed lens, used by Stanley Kubrick, on display at Zeiss Muesum

Zeiss Museum
(Image credit: Zeiss)

One of three lenses bought by Stanley Kubrick and used to shoot the film Barry Lyndon is on long-term loan to the Carl Zeiss German Headquarters Museum of Optics. 

The Zeiss Planar 50mm f/0.7 and nine other lenses were developed specifically for NASA’s Apollo program, but it appealed to one of history's greatest film directors as well. Under Kubrick’s direction, Jan Harlan, the executive producer on several Kubrick films including Eyes Wide Shut and The Shining, acquired the lens, which was then used to capture Barry Lyndon's famous candlelit interior scene.

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Hannah Rooke
Staff Writer

Having studied Journalism and Public Relations at the University of the West of England Hannah developed a love for photography through a module on photojournalism. She specializes in Portrait, Fashion and lifestyle photography but has more recently branched out in the world of stylized product photography. For the last 3 years Hannah has worked at Wex Photo Video as a Senior Sales Assistant using her experience and knowledge of cameras to help people buy the equipment that is right for them. With 5 years experience working with studio lighting, Hannah has run many successful workshops teaching people how to use different lighting setups.