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Band Pro Unveils ‘Mystery Primes’

Band Pro Film and Digital recently announced the release of a new family of lenses designed for 4K imaging. The new T1.4 lenses have been dubbed “Mystery Primes,” by Band Pro based on a code name used to describe the lens products during their development.

“A unique use of aspheric technology and cutting-edge mechanical cine lens design provides the ‘Mystery Primes’ with unmatched evenness of illumination across the entire 35 mm frame and into the corners with no discernable breathing” said Michael Bravin, chief technologist for Band Pro. “Suppression of color fringing into the farthest corners of the frame is superior to any lenses I have ever seen.”

The new lenses feature unified distance focus scales, a common size and location for focus and iris rings, as well as a 95 mm threaded lens front for the attachment of filters. The “Mystery Primes” were designed to be both rugged and light in weight—a typical model weighs in at three pounds.

The core set of the “Mystery Primes” are slated for a June 2010 delivery date and include 16 mm, 18 mm, 21 mm, 25 mm, 35 mm, 40 mm, 50 mm, 65 mm, 75 mm and 100 mm focal lengths. A second release with additional focal lengths is planned in the future, with models extending the range from 12 mm to 150 mm.