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Primo Prime Lenses



Panavision’s Academy Award winning series of Primo Prime lenses combine high contrast and resolution, even field illumination, and negligible veiling glare, ghosting, and distortion. Primo lenses intercut seamlessly with other lenses in the Primo line, and are designed for use with film and digital cameras.

The standard (SL) series of Primo Prime lenses include focal lengths ranging from 10mm to 150mm with widest apertures of T1.9. Close focusing distances range from 2 feet to 5 feet 9 inches. All Primo Primes are compatible with the 1.4x Primo Extender which reduces your exposure by a full stop.

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PVintage Primes



Based on the award winning Panavision Ultra Speed Prime lenses, the PVintage Series delivers superior mechanical performance while retaining their characteristically smooth organic imagery. And we didn’t just make these “look like” vintage glass; the PVintage series uses true vintage glass from actual Ultra Speed Prime lenses, re-housed in modern mechanics to be more user friendly.

The new design features modern external housings and improved opto-mechanical transport. The new 4.440” Primo® diameter eliminates the need for adapter rings, and the bold, easy to read dual-side focus and aperture scales allow you to easily work on both sides of the camera.

Panavision Ultra Speed lenses have enjoyed continuous demand since their debut in 1976. The PVintage Series uses the best features of the original Ultra Speed lenses, re-engineered and restored to their peak performance. PVintage lenses are the same lenses top cinematographers have chosen for more than 35 years, with the enhanced mechanical performance today's filmmakers demand.  

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Primo V Lenses



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.

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Primo Zoom Lenses
The Primo Zoom Lens family combines high contrast and resolution, even field illumination, and negligible veiling glare, ghosting, and distortion. The overall performance of the Primo Zoom lenses enables seamless intercutting of shots from primes to zooms. The flexibility and excellent imaging performance of the Primo Zooms makes them suitable for both zoom shots and fixed focal length shots. Like all Primo® lenses, focus, T-stop, and zoom scales are engraved on both sides of the lens, and zero-backlash mechanics and large diameter scale rings allow precision focus pulling.
Low Ratio Primo Zooms

15-40mm Primo Zoom -- PZW

27-75mm Primo Zoom -- PZM

60-125mm Primo Zoom -- PNZT

Introduced in 2013, this set of Primo zooms incorporates the latest optical and mechanical design and fabrication techniques, such as aspheric surfaces and linear bearings. These three zooms cover a full range of focal lengths – with some overlap for flexibility – with performance equal to or surpassing most prime lenses. Lower ratios, modest apertures, and advanced aspheres provide superior imaging in a compact form factor. Multiple moving groups ensure consistent performance throughout the zoom and focus ranges and maintain constant aperture at all zoom and focus positions.

The 15-40mm and 27-75mm lenses offer well controlled breathing throughout the zoom range with close focus rated at 2 feet. Their light weight and compact size make them well suited for handheld or Steadicam work. The 60-125mm lens rounds out the longer end of the series, with close focuses to 3 ½ feet and a macro magnification ratio of 1:7.

17.5-75mm Primo 4:1 Zoom - SLZ



The 4:1 Primo Zoom is a T2.3 lens with a focal range of 17.5-75mm. Its speed makes it an ideal choice for low level, night cinematography. The lens maintains a constant aperture at all zoom and focus positions with continuous close focusing to macro 1:6 with a minimum distance of 2 feet. The SLZ delivers minimal breathing when focusing at short focal lengths. With the optional Primo 1.4x extender it becomes a 24.5-105mm, T3.2 lens with a 1:5 macro magnification and a close focus distance of 2 feet 10 inches.

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Primo 70 Series

Intrinsic characteristics



•    Flat field
•    Natural sharpness
•    Minimal chromatic aberration
•    Minimal breathing
•    Excellent field illumination
•    Close focus performance
•    Consistent color temperature
•    Tunable focus characteristics

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