DZOFilm Unveils Its Pavo 2x Anamorphic Prime Series

DZOFilm launched their Pavo 2x Anamorphic Prime Series of lenses earlier this year at NAB 2023. The company announced more information about them, including pricing and availability, at last week’s IBC 2023 in Amsterdam.

The DZOFilm Pavo 2x prime lenses are available in six focal lengths, with T2.1 apertures save for the 100mm T2.4 lens. The series is available in focal lengths of 28mm, 32mm, 40mm, 55mm, 75mm, and 100mm. The DZOFilm Pavo series is intended to cover Super35 image sensors and is available in EF or PL mount configurations. The lenses are also available in two variations, one with blue streak anamorphic flare and the other with gold streak.

For anamorphic lenses, each Pavo lens provides an exceptional close-focusing distance. The focus distance from the sensor plane varies between 0.4 and 0.95 meters (28mm lens to 100mm prime). “This lens set is an ideal tool for filmmakers seeking to add depth and nuance to their storytelling,” DZOFilm explains.

Individual lenses cost $5,500 each, with sets of three lenses costing $16,000. One pair has 28mm, 40mm, and 75mm lenses, while the second trio includes 32mm, 55mm, and 100mm lenses.

Pavo lenses have a 2x anamorphic compression factor. This means that the Pavo lenses record twice as much horizontal information as a standard spherical lens. In the case of a 16:9 image, a 2x anamorphic will provide a 3.55:1 aspect ratio, or around 32:9 when de-squeezed during post-processing.

All six lenses have a 95mm front diameter and are designed to be conveniently swappable without requiring the reconfiguration of various filming gear such as gimbals and drones. However, the lenses are not all the same weight, weighing from 1.2 and 1.6 kilos. The lenses feature 270-degree focus throws that are similar, however their aperture throws range from 58 to 79 degrees.

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