Before you get too excited, a “universal mount” in the motion picture industry is not universal. The universal mount is what is used on lenses such as the Cooke 20-100mm or 25-250mm, and more recently on the Angenieux 24-290mm. It’s simply a sub-mount with a threaded rear that allows several different mounts to be attached, most commonly a PL or Panavision mount. These were fairly common on professional zoom lenses in the 80s, 90s, and 00s. Now, wouldn’t it be awesome if you could put a classic Cooke 25-250mm on a Canon 7D? Yes. Yes it would be awesome. Please observe the awesomeness:
More and more lenses are being dusted off and broken out of the closet to experiment on the new crop of DSLRs. While they yield interesting and artistic results, they aren’t always efficient with the new wave of light-weight, portable rigs that have been adopted by the DSLingeRS. I made that up… Keep shooting folks.