After 60 years of setting industry standards for film optics and cameras, Panavision has stepped forward to set the standard for lenses specifically designed for digital cameras. Built on the same glass element as Panavision’s Primo Primes, the Primo V lenses bring the classic qualities of the Primos to digital cinematography while taking advantage of the optical clarity and production convenience of the digital format.
Patent-pending modifications on the Primo V eliminate coma, astigmatism (vertical and horizontal focus differences), and other aberrations caused by the extra layers of glass in digital cameras. The image from a Primo V has sharper corners, a flatter field, and exhibits greater balance from center to edge than lenses that are not optimized for digital capture. At the same time, the characteristics of the classic Primos serve to counter the hyper-sharpness often associated with digital capture.
Primo V lenses are compatible with any digital camera equipped with PL or Panavision 35 mount systems. The Primo V lenses retain the essential Primo character so you can seamlessly intercut imagery from Primo V and standard Primo lenses. And since the internal transports and mechanics of the Primo V lenses retain the familiar Primo feel, DPs and camera operators face very little learning curve.
Primo V lenses come in focal lengths of 14.5mm, 17.5mm, 21mm, 27mm, 35mm, 40mm, 50mm, 75mm, and 100mm, with widest apertures of 1.9 and close focus distance of 24 inches for all lengths.