In order to shoot interior scenes of Barry Lyndon entirely by candlelight, Stanley Kubrick had two extremely fast Zeiss photo lenses from NASA custom-adapted for a motion picture camera. There is a third Zeiss lens in existence, un-Kubricized, and Justin at Chromogenic would like it for Christmas, please. With a Nikon mount.
I don't know if Justin has been naughty or nice, but he's sure gotta be nicer than Vincent Gallo, who had--and tried to sell on ebay--another lens Kubrick had custom-built for Barry Lyndon, an Angenieux 20-to-1 zoom.
Speed Demon [Chromogenics.net, via Kottke]
Buy it and make something good with it [greg.org on gallo]
Two Special Lenses for "Barry Lyndon," by Ed diGiulio (President, Cinema Products Corp.) [American Cinematographer, via Visual Memory]