Panavision Unveils the Ultra Panatar II 1.3x Anamorphic Lenses

Panavision, a well-known name for providing cameras and lenses for high-end films, has just expanded its rental-only glass lineup with a new anamorphic option. The new Panavision Ultra Panatar II lens family comes in seven focal lengths and features a 1.3x squeeze, warm flare, and large-format sensor coverage.

“A vintage Panavision anamorphic feel with vertical breathing, organic falloff, and a warm-hued flare”, according to the company.

The new Ultra Panatar II series includes seven focal lengths: 35, 40, 50, 65, 85, 100, and 135mm, all with the same maximum aperture of T2.8. The lenses, which have a big image circle of 46mm, are designed for large-format cinematography and can be an excellent match for cameras such as the ARRI ALEXA Mini LF.

Although these lenses feature a 1.3x squeeze factor, Panavision believes they have the same feel as 2x anamorphic glass. Apparently, the decision to use a 1.3x squeeze was influenced by the necessities of modern productions and the demand for deliverables with varying aspect ratios.

The lenses appear to be well-balanced in terms of contrast and sharpness, with distortion under control.

The majority of lenses can focus as near as 61cm/24″, with the exception of the 85mm (91.4cm), 100mm (76.2cm), and 135mm (106.7cm). Their weight ranges from 2.6 to 3 kg, and their length ranges from 16.6 to 18.9 cm. All lenses have a front diameter of 126mm.

The Ultra Panatar II, like all other lenses in Panavision’s portfolio, is only available for rental at Panavision facilities across the world.

More info on Panavision’s website.

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