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Toolkit: October 2016

Thales Angenieux

Angenieux Type EZ Series Zoom Lenses

The two fast and lightweight zoom lenses in the Type EZ Series line integrate an innovative modular design (Interchangeable Rear Optics technology) to cover Super 35mm and larger image formats for cine and broadcast productions. Both lenses (EZ-1 and EZ-2) allow the rear lens group to be exchanged between Super 35mm (up to 30mm image diagonal) and VistaVision format (up to 46mm image diagonal). Developed in collaboration with Band Pro Film & Digital and Jebsen Industrial Technology Co., the lenses are expected to ship in the first quarter of 2017. 

Canon U.S.A.

EOS C700 Cinema Camera

Canon’s newly announced EOS C700 cinema camera line allows users to convert between EF mount and PL mount, and between a standard CMOS image sensor and a global shutter CMOS image sensor at Canon service facilities. Using a Super 35mm 4.5K sensor, the C700 models record raw footage to the optional Codex CDX-36150 recorder, which allows 4.5K raw recording at up to 100 fps, 4K raw at up to 120 fps, 4K ProRes at up to 60 fps, 2K ProRes at up to 240 fps and XF-AVC at up to 60 fps. The EOS C700 and EOS C700 PL are scheduled to ship in December for $35,000, and the EOS C700 GS PL (with global shutter) should be available in January for $38,000. 

Cooke Optics

Speed Panchro PL Lenses

Responding to the demand for vintage Speed Panchro lenses from the 1920s-1960s, Cooke Optics plans to release new Panchro Classics constructed using the original design but with PL mounts for modern cameras. The Cooke Panchro Classic line is scheduled to be available at the 2017 NAB Show in April. The original Cooke Speed Panchro, designed by Horace W. Lee in the 1920s, was a cine prime lens that chromatically enhanced an image when filming under restricted illumination. The vintage Cooke Speed Panchros combined a relative aperture as wide as f/2 with an angular field of view and definition previously impossible with much smaller apertures. 



Sony is expanding its NXCAM line with the HXR-NX5R professional compact camcorder, which delivers a range of enhancements over its predecessor models. The new camcorder, scheduled to ship this month with a list price of $3,699, offers upgraded network functions and a choice of advanced XAVC-S 50 Mb/s or established AVCHD/DV recording formats to help users meet diverse workflows and client requirements. The addition of a 3G-SDI terminal supports Full HD 60p output, and the HXR-NX5R features easy-to-use direct functions and a responsive joystick, making it easier to access key camera functions without entering the menu. The camera sports a high-contrast OLED viewfinder for image monitoring. 

CW Sonderoptic

Leica M 0.8 Lenses

CW Sonderoptic is adapting Leica M full-frame lenses for use with professional cine cameras. The new Leica M 0.8 product line will retain all the classic image characteristics of the regular Leica M lenses, but will feature a smooth iris rotation and larger 0.8 module/32 pitch gear rings for focus and iris. Redesigned mechanics allow them to work seamlessly with traditional cine accessories. The five lenses in this series—21mm f/1.4, 24mm f/1.4, 28mm f/1.4, 35mm f/1.4 and 50mm f/0.95 Noctilux—will be available individually or as a set. The M 0.8 lenses will retain the existing Leica M mount. They are expected to start shipping in the first quarter of 2017. 

Panasonic and Codex

VariCam Pure

Panasonic introduced VariCam Pure, a cinema-ready version of the VariCam 35 camera, at IBC 2016. The new offering couples the existing VariCam 35 camera head with the Codex V-RAW 2.0, a jointly developed Codex recorder capable of uncompressed, 4K raw acquisition up to 120 fps. The V-RAW 2.0 recorder attaches directly to the back of the VariCam 35 camera head. As a result, the camera retains the same Super 35 sensor, 14+ stops of latitude and dual native 800/5000 ISO as the original VariCam 35. The V-RAW 2.0 recorder for VariCam Pure is scheduled for release in December with a suggested list price of $30,000.

Sigma Corp.

Cine Lenses

Sigma Corp. is entering the cinema lens market with its Cine Lenses line, which will launch in the United States with two zoom lenses for EF and E mount camera systems by the end of the year. Sigma’s High Speed Zoom Line offers a constant aperture of T2 throughout the zoom range, and the optical performance is said to be appropriate for 8K production. The FF Zoom Line, also suitable for high-resolution shooting, is compatible with a full-frame image circle. Sigma expects to release another zoom lens and five prime lenses starting next year and says it will develop additional zoom and prime lenses and add support for PL mount camera systems in the future. 


New Milvus Lenses

Zeiss has expanded its Milvus family of manual focus lenses for DSLR cameras with the addition of two super-wide angle lenses—the Milvus 2.8/15 and Milvus 2.8/18—and the telephoto Milvus 2/135, bringing the total number of Milvus focal lengths to nine. The 15mm, 18mm and 135mm will be offered with a ZF.2 mount for Nikon and a ZE mount for Canon cameras. The ZF.2 versions include a manual aperture ring. The new lenses are characterized by a harmonious bokeh and very high degree of flare control due to the T* anti-reflective coating from Zeiss. The new lenses should begin shipping at the end of October.