Introduced in the 1980s, the Panavision® E Series Anamorphic Primes remain the first choice of anamorphic lenses for many cinematographers. Building on the success of the C Series, the E Series offers improved optical quality over their predecessors, with more sophisticated anti-reflection coatings, newer spherical components, and a refined optical formula with fewer aberrations.
The stunning optical clarity of the E Series has earned these lenses a well-deserved reputation as the “A set” of lenses for many directors of photography. But even though the E Series delivers an overall sharpness that is undeniably clean, they do not produce a look that is too clinical or too sharp.
The E Series Anamorphic Primes experience minimal fall off on the edge of the frame and the center to edge resolution flatness is excellent. These lenses retain true anamorphic artifacts such as disproportional vertical focus breathing, mild barrel distortion (with wide angle lenses), and an apparent compressed depth of field without an excess of flare. The E-series creates clean blue horizontal flares without additional artifacts such as veiling glare and edge reflections.
The E Series includes 28mm, 35mm, 40mm, 50mm, 75mm, 85mm, 100mm, 135mm and 180mm focal lengths with widest apertures ranging from T2 to T2.8 and close focus distances from 3 feet 9 inches to 5 feet. The E Series is an ideal A-camera lens in studio mode and delivers excellent results in handheld applications. Due to size and weight, E Series lenses are not suited to Steadicam use.