Technovision Anamorphic Zooms
Lenses Like No Others
Our friends at P+S Technik have been working on something extremely special for some time now, and we’re excited to finally be able to offer these incredible lenses: the Technovision 1.5x Full Frame Anamorphic Zooms in 40-70mm and 70-200mm
Not only are these particular lenses very scarce, you’d be hard pressed to find any lenses that do what these do. Across all the largest optics brands, Arri, Cooke, Angenieux, Hawk, even Panavision, there are very few anamorphic zooms in existence (much less in current production). Many of those that do exist come with the caveats that they are restricted to Super 35 sensors, or they are rear-anamorphic, meaning that while you’ll get the widened image, you’ll lose out on a lot of those special characteristics (streaked flares, oval bokeh, etc) that are likely why you chose to shoot anamorphic in the first place.
An Iconic Look
The name “Technovision” is homage to the classic 1970s lenses that bear the same name, whose look P+S Technik have sought to recreate. Unlike many vintage-look offerings, these are not rehousings of old glass, but were actually designed and built for this modern configuration from the ground up. The original Technovision lenses were used possibly most famously by legendary cinematographer Vittorio Storaro ASC, AIC on Apocalypse Now and The Last Emperor, as well as in Dario Argento’s horror classic, Suspiria, shot by Luciano Tovoli ASC, AIC. In these modern recreations, you can expect to see much of that old-school character, but with a bit of added sharpness, and of course the shallow depth-of-field and immense field of view that comes with large-format shooting.
Shot on Original Technovisions:
Apocalypse Now (1979), dir. Francis Ford Coppola
Léon: The Professional (1994), dir. Luc Besson
The Last Emperor (1987), dir. Bernardo Bertolucci
Suspiria (1977), dir. Dario Argento
A Minnesota Connection: Another film of Dario Argento's, Trauma (1993), which was also shot on original Technovision lenses, filmed on location in and around Minneapolis. Trauma was Argento's first feature-length American production.