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Band Pro offers 4K Mystery Prime lenses
Band Pro Film and Digital has introduced a new brand of ultra-high-performance PL mount prime lenses designed to deliver optical performance for 4K imaging and beyond.
The new T1.4 lenses, still code named Mystery Primes within Band Pro, are fully developed, and three focal lengths have been demonstrated. The series of prime lenses will eventually total 15 different focal lengths, ranging from 12mm to 150mm. Delivery of production models of eight of the lenses will begin in early summer of 2010.
The new lenses offer even illumination across the entire 35mm frame and into the corners with no discernible breathing, according to Band Pro. The entire set of lenses features unified distance focus scales, common size and location of focus and iris rings, and a 95 mm threaded (for filters) lens front allowing quick interchange of lenses in a busy production environment.
Designed to be lightweight and rugged, the mount and lens barrel are manufactured using titanium materials. A typical lens in the series weighs only 3lbs.
The core set of lenses includes 16mm, 18mm, 21mm, 25mm, 35mm, 40mm, 50mm, 65mm, 75mm and 100mm versions. Additional focal lengths will be delivered in a second phase. The first 25 sets of lenses will be delivered to Otto Nemenz International.