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Panavision Releases the New Primo V Lenses For Digital Cameras

Panavision Primo V
Ever since cinematographers began to realize the capabilities of the full frame sensor of the 5D Mark II, there has been a desire to strap on Panavision Primo Primes.  Various DPs of note have been doing this since 2010 to great effect via some old and new mounts.  Today Panavision addresses the needs of those shooting with digital sensors with the new Primo V Lenses, which will be available at the end of this year.  The Primo Vs are available with Panavision mounts and PL mounts.  This means the Blackmagic Cinema Camera PL and BMCC4K-PL will be able to use them as well as any camera with a PL mount or PL adapter.
There are nine primes in the series, and here’s a break down of what you can expect from them:

Primo V PV14.5 PV17.5 PV21 PV27 PV35 PV40
FOCAL LENGTH 14.5 17.5 21 27 35 40
T-STOP 1.9 1.9 1.9 1.9 1.9 1.9
CLOSE FOCUS (in) 24 24 24 24 24 24
CLOSE FOCUS (mm) 610 610 610 610 610 610
WEIGHT (lbs) 3.9 3.4 4.4 5.5 5.4 5.3
WEIGHT (kg) 1.8 1.5 2.2 2.5 2.4 2.4
LENGTH (in) 4.4 4.1 5.3 6.2 6.1 6.1
LENGTH (mm) 112 105 133 157 155 154
FRONT DIAMETER (in) 4.44 4.44 4.44 4.44 4.44 4.44
FRONT DIAMETER (mm) 112.8 112.8 112.8 112.8 112.8 112.8
Primo V PV50 PV75 PV100
FOCAL LENGTH 50 75 100
T-STOP 1.9 1.9 1.9
CLOSE FOCUS (in) 24 24 24
CLOSE FOCUS (mm) 610 610 610
WEIGHT (lbs) 6.4 3.7 4.0
WEIGHT (kg) 2.9 1.7 1.8
LENGTH (in) 7.3 5.2 5.2
LENGTH (mm) 186 133 132
FRONT DIAMETER (in) 4.44 4.44 4.44
FRONT DIAMETER (mm) 112.8 112.8 112.8

For prices and availabilty, contact your local Panavision representative at
 Here’s more from Panavision:
Panavision Unveils New Primo V Lenses Optimized for Digital Cameras
WOODLAND HILLS, Calif. (November 12, 2013 ) – Panavision, the company behind many of the industry’s most respected cinema lenses for the last 60 years, has introduced a new line of Primo lenses, the Primo V series, specifically designed to work with today’s high-resolution 35mm digital cameras.
“Panavision’s unmatched optical expertise and high-quality manufacturing capabilities have now been brought to bear on lenses adapted for digital cameras,” says Kim Snyder,Panavision’s Chief Executive Officer. “We’re focused on providing cinematographers with the best tools to tell their stories with vision and creativity. With the industry’s ongoing transition to digital capture, we want our customers to know they can continue to trust Panavision to bring innovative, world-class solutions to the marketplace.”
The Primo V lenses are designed to bring the look and feel of Panavision Primos to digital cinematography, using the lens elements from existing Primo lenses, long an industry standard for top cinematographers. Primo V lenses take advantage of specific design adaptations to work in harmony with digital cameras, maximizing image quality while delivering Primo quality and character.
“Cinematographers tell us that the hyper-sharp sensors in today’s digital cameras can result in images that are harsh and lack personality,” says Panavision’s VP of Optical Engineering Dan Sasaki. “That’s one reason why there’s so much emphasis on glass these days. The Primo V lenses bring the smooth, organic flavor of Primo lenses to the high fidelity digital image. Our philosophy is to take what cinematographers love about the Primos, and update them for the digital world.”
Digital cameras require additional optical elements including low-pass and IR filters that increase off-axis aberrations. ND filters are sometimes part of the chain. Primo V lenses have been re-engineered to correct for this. Patent pending modifications eliminate the coma, astigmatism, and other aberrations introduced by the additional glass between the lens and the sensor, while preserving the desirable imaging characteristics of the Primo optics. The resulting image appears more balanced center-to-edge.
The Primo V lenses are compatible with any digital camera equipped with PL or Panavision 35 mount systems. They cannot be used on film cameras. The internal transports and mechanics of the Primo V lenses will retain the familiar Primo feel. Since the Primo V lenses retain the essential Primo character, imagery from Primo V and standard Primo lenses will intercut well. A set of Primo V primes will include 14.5, 17.5, 21, 27, 35, 40, 50, 75, and 100mm focal lengths.
“Filmmakers have embraced Panavision Primo lenses since their introduction 25 years ago,” notes Snyder. “Now the classic Primo look has been refined and optimized for use with the latest generation of 35mm sensor digital cameras.”

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Written by Clint Milby

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