The Panavision® Primo Anamorphic Prime lenses bring the superior imaging characteristics of Primo spherical prime lenses to the anamorphic format. Like their spherical counterparts, the Primo Anamorphic Primes deliver high contrast and resolution, even field illumination, and negligible veiling glare, ghosting, and distortion. With their consistent color balancing between focal lengths they intercut seamlessly with other lenses in the Primo anamorphic line. One of the key characteristics of the Primo anamorphic lenses is their ability to reproduce the frequently desirable blue anamorphic flare without introducing unwanted veiling glare.
Primo Anamorphic Prime lenses derive from a blend of Primo lenses matched to a modified version of the E series cylindrical lens layout. They have a maximum aperture of T2 and come in 35mm, 40mm, 50mm, 75mm, and 100mm focal lengths. The “Regular” Anamorphic Primes have close focus distances ranging from 2 feet 6 inches to 4 feet 6 inches, while the “close focus” lenses offer close focusing distances ranging from 2 feet 6 inches to 2 feet 9 inches.
Every Primo Anamorphic Prime features multi-layer coatings and linear irises. The Primo anamorphics are larger and heavier than any other series of Panavision anamorphic lenses and are not ideal for handheld or Steadicam applications. Used primarily as an «A» lens for use with dollies and traditional studio set ups, the Primo Anamorphic Primes cut in well with the other Panavision anamorphic lenses to give cinematographers the tools to realize their vision.