An interview from the 2017 Cine Gear Expo at Paramount Studios in Los Angeles with Forrest Schultz of Atlas Lens Co. Atlas Lens Co. was founded by Lead Designer + Cinematographer Forrest Schultz and Cinematographer + Entrepreneur Dan Kanes with the express purpose of building Anamorphic Lenses that are optically pleasing, mechanically robust, and available to meet the needs of Modern Cinematographers worldwide. In this interview Forrest talks with us about their new Orion Series of 2x Anamorphic Prime Lenses.
At the heart of Atlas Lens Co. Orion Series is a true Front Anamorphic Group. Orion Series lenses deliver the striking beauty of painterly waterfall bokeh, disproportionate breathing, and signature but controlled flare. These optical characteristics are now available as part of your cinematic storytelling toolkit with a mechanical functionality that that won't leave you feeling confounded by compromise.
Orion Series Anamorphic Lenses are built to be a universal filmmaking tool - ready for the latest Digital Cinema PL mount cameras like Arri Alexa or Red DSMC2, Canon Mount Cinema Cameras like the C300, or adapted Sony E Mount or Micro 4/3 cameras, and are even designed to accommodate the rotating mirror shutter of 35mm Motion Picture Film Cameras following Arri PL Flange requirements. Whether your project requires you to shoot digital or film, the 65mm T2 has the coverage you need and boasts a larger than S35mm Image Circle. (Alexa Open Gate full height Coverage)
With their Interchangeable Mount System (IMS) you can use Orion Series Anamorphic lenses on any PL Mount camera one day, and any compatible EF, E-mount, or Micro 4/3 camera with appropriate adapters for your next shoot or second unit. Focus has a deep 270° travel rotation. Cine pitch 0.8 mod gearing on both iris and Focus ring are spaced to allow simultaneous drive control, even when two motors are mounted on the same side of the lens.
The initial 3 lens set will consist of 40mm, 65mm, and 100mm T2 Primes in PL Mount. Lens Mounts are Interchangeable via 8 Torx screws.
For more information please visit: www.AtlasLensCo.com