Panavision, a world-class provider of state-of-the art optics, camera systems, lighting, filters, and post production services, will showcase an array of advancements in optics at their Lens Bar at EnergaCamerimage International Film Festival of Cinematography, which runs November 10-17 in Bydgoszcz, Poland. Panavision will also host a conversation with Camerimage Lifetime Achievement recipient Witold Sobocinski, PSC, and explore the benefits of an HDR workflow.
Panavision’s workshops will be held on Nov. 13, beginning with the much-anticipated conversation with Sobocinski in the MCK at 11.00. The renowned cinematographer’s credits include “Frantic,” the Oscar®-nominated “The Promised Land,” “The Wedding,” and “O-Bi, O-Ba – The End of Civilization.” He will be joined by his grandsons Piotr Sobocinski Jr. (“Bogowie”) and Michal Sobocinski (“The Art of Loving”) who carry on the family’s cinematic legacy.
At 14:00, Panavision will present “Cinematic Change: HDR for Cinematographers.” With 4K HDR as the viewing standard, Panavision experts will discuss how cinematographers can remain in control of their images throughout the workflow based on knowledge of the various post-production options.
In the Opera Nova, Panavision’s popular Lens Bar will include demonstrations of the latest large-format and anamorphic lenses available, as well as previews of upcoming, innovative glass options:
· PanaSpeed – A large-format update of the classic Primo look. At T1.4, PanaSpeed are the fastest large-format lenses available today.
· T Series – A set of unique anamorphic glass that includes high contrast, well-balanced aberration control, excellent glare resistance, tightly controlled anamorphic squeeze ratio, and minimal breathing.
· H Series – A traditionally designed spherical lens set with a glamorous, rounded, soft roll-off, giving a pleasing tonal quality to the skin. Created with true vintage glass and coating, these lenses offer slightly elevated blacks for softer contrast. High speeds separate subject and background with a smooth edge transition, allowing subject to appear naturally placed within the depth of the image.
· Ultra Vista – Coming in 2019, this lens is a series of large-format anamorphic optics. Using a custom 1.6x squeeze, Ultra Vista covers the full height of the 8K sensor in the DXL and presents an ultra-widescreen 2.76:1 aspect ratio along with a classic elliptical bokeh and Panavision horizontal flare.
· Primo X - Also available in 2019, this lens will make its mark as the first cinema lens specially designed for use on drones and gimbals. They are fully sealed, weather proof, and counterbalanced to be aerodynamic, and able to easily maintain a proper center of gravity. Primo X lenses come in two primes – 14mm (T3.1) and 24mm (T1.6) – and one 24-70mm zoom (T2.8).
Additionally, Panavision’s Millennium DXL2 8K camera will be on display for hands-on demonstrations. A premier, large-format imaging ecosystem, the DXL2 offers 16 stops of dynamic range with unmatched shadow detail, a native ISO setting of 1600, and 12-bit ProRes XQ up to 120 fps. At 10 pounds (4.5 kilos), it is the lightest large-format studio camera available, offering wireless controls, a directly editable workflow option (D2E), and Light Iron Color 2 (LiColor2), among other features. The DXL2 has become a top camera of choice for cinematographers and camera crews working on features, television, commercials and music videos.
Panavision will also share the newly created DXL-M accessory kit, available in Q4 2018. Designed to work with RED Digital Cinema DSMC2 cameras, it delivers the popular features of the DXL to RED MONSTRO, GEMINI, and HELIUM sensors, such as the DXL menu system (via an app for the iPhone), LiColor2, motorized lenses, wireless timecode (ACN), and the Primo HDR viewfinder.
Panavision LCND will make its European debut at Camerimage. The cinema’s first dynamically adjustable liquid crystal neutral density filter instantly adjusts up to six individual stops with a single click or ramp – a significant departure from traditional approaches to front-of-lens filters, which require carrying a set and manually swapping individual NDs based on changing light. LCND starts at 0.3 and goes through 0.6, 0.9, 1.2, 1.5, to 1.8. It is expected to be available in 2019.
Panalux, a Panavision company, will also be set up in the Opera Nova providing demonstrations of a variety of lighting setups and formats made possible with a wide range of lighting equipment and control systems.
Award-winning LEE Filters, also a Panavision company, will showcase their range of next-generation filters, including their latest products, the Zircon Filter range for LED control and the CineND, neutral density.