-- Since digital video images can be
only as crisp as the weakest link in
the chain, lensmakers are designing
PL-mount lenses that outperform the 4K
imagers in digital cinematography cameras.
Canon’s compact Cine Zoom 15.4-47
will show a number of cinema
4K/HD primes and zooms for Canon Cinema
EOS cameras, and broadcast HDTV
lenses for ENG, EFP, sports, and studio productions.
The cinema lens line is designed
for single-sensor Super 35mm CMOS Cinema
EOS C300, C100, and C500 cameras
and includes two high-end zooms, two
compact zooms, and a full set of primes.
Broadcast lens offerings include portable
ENG and EFP models, image-stabilized
long-zoom HD field lenses, and HD studio
Fujinon will introduce a new member
of the company’s Premier PL digital
cinematography family, the PL 85-300. It’s
similar in size and weight to the previously
introduced PL 19-90, but has a longer maximum
focal length and is equipped with a
zoom range suited for documentaries, nature
and wildlife shows, car commercials
and other demanding productions. Also
look for the Fujinon XA99x8.4 ultra-wide
field production lens which has a zoom
range of 99 x, (the focal length varies from
8.4 to 832 mm). The XA99x offers an f1.7
aperture to 341mm, and an f4.2 at 832 mm.
Fujinon’s ZK3-5x85-1 85-300 mm Cabrio
Schneider Optics will debut its
New Century 1.4X Mk II and 2.0X Mk II PL
to PL Tele-Extenders, which are designed
for PL mount single-sensor cameras and
lenses. The Tele-Extenders mount between
a camera and PL- mount lens, extending the
zoom range to a telephoto focal length and
allow zooming while maintaining focus.
Schneider also has added two new lenses
to its iPro System for iPhone 4, 4S and 5.
The 0.45X Ultra wide provides a spectacular
field of view with minimal distortion.
The iPro Macro allows the iPhone to focus
on objects close to the lens front.
Thales Angénieux will showcase
seven lenses that feature 5K image
coverage (31.4 mm diagonal). These include
the Optimo Lightweight Hand-Held
Lenses in 15-40 mm (T2.6), 28-76 mm
(T2.6), and 45-120 mm focal lengths, and
the new Optimo Long Lenses available
in 19.5-94 mm (T2.6) and 28-340 mm (T
3.2) focal lengths.
Thales Angénieux Optimo 19.5-94 mm lens
OConnor will premier its Universal
Rings for O-Box WM wide angle matte
box. The new Universal Rings are made
of a seamless, high-tech material allowing
a ring to flex over lens diameters from
150mm to 55mm. Also look for OConnor’s
new O-Focus Dual Mini Lens controls, a
professional follow-focus system available
in two versions: Photo Set and the Cine Set.
Each provides its own unique transmission
ratio for either still or cine-style lenses.
Schneider Optics will introduce
the Arri Alexa Filter System, developed
in cooperation with Clairmont
Camera. This in-camera filter system holds
interchangeable Schneider filters and includes
a specially designed magnetic filter
holder to replace the light baffle in the
Alexa camera. Also showing will be the
Blue Streak filter that provides a heavily
horizontal flare with a blue cast simulating
effects obtained with anamorphic lenses.