Front Anamorphic Zooms – AWZ2 and ATZ
With the introduction of the Anamorphic Wide-Angle Zoom (the AWZ2) and Anamorphic Telephoto Zoom (the ATZ), Panavision® sent a clear signal of commitment to the next generation of anamorphic technology. These lenses represent a new standard of high-performance, compact anamorphic optics.
Thanks to advanced computer-aided design, internal mechanical improvements, and modern optical glass, these lenses offer high contrast, sharp resolution, and minimized veiling glare, ghosting, distortion, and breathing. The front anamorphic lens design substantially reduces stop loss and delivers minimal aberrations and improved field illumination. The AWZ2 and ATZ also feature Panavision’s patented anti-mumping technology, but with a modified design that allows them to maintain a cylindrical profile.
The lenses have constant aperture at all zoom and focus positions, and constant focus at all zoom positions. Because of the high performance imaging, these zooms are fully functional as in-shot zooms or as a variable prime. The symmetrical housing prevents mechanical interference with camera viewing systems. The performance and size characteristics make these zoom lenses comparable to the E Series anamorphic primes.
Anamorphic wide-angle zoom – AWZ2
Introduced in 2004, the Panavision AWZ2 is the first modern zoom lens to use anamorphic elements at the front of the lens. This is a T2.8, 40-80mm zoom with a close focus distance of 3¼ feet. The lens is 10½ inches long and weighs only 10.4 lbs. The industry often refers to the AWZ2 as the “Bailey zoom,” after John Bailey, ASC, whose creative thirst for a superior wide-angle anamorphic zoom inspired Panavision’s engineers to develop this groundbreaking technology.
Anamorphic Telephoto Zoom – ATZ
Introduced in 2007, the Panavision Anamorphic Telephoto Zoom is a T3.5, 70-200mm zoom with a close focus distance of 5½ feet. The lens is 15 inches long and weighs only 12.75 pounds. Following on the AWZ2, the Panavision ATZ is the second modern zoom lens to use anamorphic elements at the front of the lens.
Other Anamorphic Zooms
Panavision also offers anamorphic versions of the spherical 11:1 and 3:1 Primo zooms equipped with rear-mounted anamorphic optics. Both of these zooms work well as an in-shot zoom or as a variable prime.
The 3:1 Primo Anamorphic Zoom (ALZ3) is convertible to a 270-840mm, T4.5 anamorphic zoom with a close focus distance of 8 feet 7 inches. The 11:1 Primo Anamorphic Zoom (ALZ11) converts to a 48-550, T4.5 anamorphic zoom lens with a close focus distance of 4 feet 1 inch.