this is not a show of photographic skills, more a documentation of mental illness I may have gotten carried away a bit with the idea of using c-mount lenses on the G1 Here is what I currently have - actually, half a dozen cine lenses and about a dozen TV lenses are missing in the picture...
It started out with playing around a bit, not really knowing what I would like. Someone here (sorry, forgot who) said that one should consider prices for lenses like rental fees, they can always be sold without loosing too much - it's all this person's fault, he made me do it
After a few initial ones I snapped up a few 'good deals' on ebay (and of course also a few that turned out not to be such good deals after I saw the lenses in person - like the set of Canon TV lenses in the foreground, some of which have issues...). When I thought I was done, there was this auction in Oregon where they had a few sets including really nice ones (like an Angenieux 25/0.95), and that accounts for more than half of what I have now. Unfortunately, it is much more time consuming to test them than to buy them, so this will be my summer project. The plan is to see what I like and want to keep, others will most likely be appearing on ebay or other places. The Oregon auction lenses just came in today, so there are many in that picture that I haven't even inspected beyond just a quick glance.
What I found out so far is that I really like the Kodaks, Angenieux and - like everyone else - the Kern Paillard lenses. I guess if I had known then what I know now - and much of that knowledge comes from the great info that has been posted here over the last few months - I would go much more for quality and avoid such a quantity. For example, I shyed away from a few Kern Switar 75/1.9 lenses because I had spent too much on others already, and now the prices are in regions where I have a hard time justifying them anymore, especially the highly desirable macro version. What you see here now would have easily financed a Canon 50/0.95, a Macro Switar 75/1.9 and a nice tele prime.
Anyway, just wanted to show the pic which btw wasn't even taken with the G1 - while I was overspending anyway, I just went ahead and also picked up a lightly used LX3. It's definitely not my fault if the economy is suffering...