By Scott Lehane
Panavision has launched several new products, including lenses, video-assist systems and a solid-state recorder for its Genesis digital camera. The company also announced that its global lighting business has been re-branded as Panalux.
Panavision’s new SSR-1 is a six-pound solid-state recorder capable of docking to the Genesis digital camera system or Sony’s F23. It records industry-standard uncompressed single- or double-link HD-SDI, allowing users to easily transfer their footage to HDCAM SR. “We selected solid-state technology rather than hard drive because it is more reliable, lighter and quieter, and consumes less power,” said Bob Beitcher, president and CEO, Panavision.
The company also debuted three Advanced Video Assists: the XLV for the XL2, the MAV for the Millennium and the PAV2 for the Panaflex Gold, Gold II and Platinum. Numerous improvements have been made based on user input.
In addition, Panavision boasts a new generation of anamorphic lenses for filmmakers — eight compact, high-performance lenses, including two Panavision zooms for wide-angle and telephoto shooting, and the new G series, a new class of Panavision prime lenses.
The G series lenses are comparable to Panavision E series anamorphic primes in performance and size, but are designed in a lightweight, compact format similar to Panavision C series primes.
The company’s new zoom lenses are the wide-angle AWZ2 40-80mm T2.8 and the telephoto ATZ 70-200 T3.5. The AWZ2 is nicknamed the Bailey zoom after John Bailey, ASC, who was among the first cinematographers to ask Panavision to develop a wide-angle anamorphic zoom.
Written by Scott Lehane