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NAB 2019: Band Pro Film & Digital – Cinematographers’ Source for Lenses

NAB 2019: Band Pro Film & Digital – Cinematographers’ Source for Lenses

Band Pro is known for their wide range of offerings to the filmmaking community, covering every aspect of the craft with their multitude of products. Cinematography is particularly strong at Band Pro, with a wide variety of lenses and manufacturers to choose from. Band Pro’s Randy Wedick gave us a breakdown of their full frame lens offerings, as well as their lens service center, at this year’s NAB show.

Carl Zeiss Supreme Prime Lenses

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Consistency is one of the key elements offered by the ZEISS Supreme Prime lenses: that means consistent coverage, color rendering, aperture, size, weight, and ergonomics. All the lenses across the family cover full frame and even bigger sensors with an image circle of 46.3 mm. The Supreme Prime lenses are color matched across the full range and most feature a fast T-stop of T1.5.

The small front diameter of 95 mm on almost all lenses and standardized positioning of the focus and iris rings across the whole family facilitate fast and easy equipment changeout. The compact and lightweight design means you enjoy easy and comfortable handling. The ultra-smooth focus rotation of the Supreme Prime lenses even in extreme temperatures allows for small motors to make sure you have an easy setup that’s enjoyable to work with.

SIGMA Cine Lenses

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In the new era of high-resolution movie production, the arrival of reasonably-priced, high-performance digital cinema cameras has changed the standards of what makes an excellent product in the industry and has expanded the freedom and potential of movie production. At the same time, when it comes to cine lenses, pricing and brand recognition are still often taken as proof of performance, which ends up being proportional to the production budget. Pro­fessional cinema equipment is by its nature not produced in volume, in turn causing lens R&D and innovation in manufacturing tech­nology to lag behind progress in cameras. But SIGMA is different. Responding to the demanding requirements for lenses in the era of ultra-high megapixel photography, SIGMA has developed the tech­nologies required to produce high-performance lenses in volume. Based on this technological advantage and know-how, SIGMA sets off to develop a revolutionary lens, which combines everything that you would ask of a cinema lens: high-definition, high cost-effective­ness and durability, together with high-quality materials and finish.

Whitepoint Optics Lenses

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Available in 30, 40, 60, 80, 100 and 120 mm focal lengths, and are true full frame glass, covering an image sensor up to 82mm. Features tilt swing functionality up to 9 degrees, with consistent front diameter & gearing, and offers swappable E, EF, and PL lens mounts. With over thirty years experience in filmmaking, along with lens design and repair, we provide a unique service by offering our expertise in Art direction and custom-made lenses.

Our lenses offer a unique bokeh that no other lens can match. This is thanks to our tailor-made lenses with full round iris. The optics covering Full Frame sensor, RED Vista Vision and ARRI Alexa 65 sensors. Image circle is 82mm. We emphasise on providing the best lens to get the right look and feel for your story. After all, we believe that the lens to a DoP is much like the paint brush to the artist. The first W. series in production uses the Hasselblad medium format glasses. It was these pioneering lenses that were used by the Apollo mission, resulting in space photography that has changed the way we see the world and ourselves.

The focal lengths of the lenses range from 30 – 500mm, catering from to Super35 to the Arri Alexa 65, Red Vista Vision, Sony Venice and other large format and full format imaging sensors without vignetting or distortion. WPO ts70 series image circle is 82mm. The lenses are available in PL, EF and E-mount. The set comes as prime or additional Tilt-Swing mechanism (max. 9 degrees) which is simple to lock and release. The front diameter of the lenses throughout the set maintains the same consistency making it ideal for accessory use (114mm). The set offers a sharp yet pleasingly balanced and smooth look that is only possible from using handmade legendary glass.

Canon Sumire Prime Lenses

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Designed to fulfill contemporary 4K production standards, it features a full-frame imaging circle in a lightweight, compact design. This phenomenal lens is also perfect for any number of applications. It also features an 11-blade aperture diaphragm for beautiful background blur and innovative glass construction that counteracts barrel expansion and contraction to avoid temperature induced marking discrepancies.

Canon’s brilliant Sumire Prime lenses offer spectacular optical performance for demanding high-end productions. Sharing the same gear position, front diameter and rotation angle, the lenses’ compatibility with third-party accessories allows crews to easily change lenses without making adjustments to the rig setup. Perfect on the EOS C700 FF, these lenses are designed for use with the latest full-frame and Super 35mm PL-mount cameras from leading manufacturers.

Band Pro Optical Department

Band Pro also offers a number of lens service options at their Burbank location, with a newly renovated optical department with new full-frame projector, clean room for servicing lenses and much more. Band Pro also produces their own content, making their first-hand knowledge of their lenses and other products invaluable to any filmmakers looking for the perfect breakdown.

You can find all of the above lenses and much more at BandPro.com

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