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#1 James Malamatinas

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Posted 30 May 2017 - 08:36 AM

I've recently had the pleasure of working with a variety of the old Panavision anamorphic glass including the B, C and G series. I'm curious however why about the A series, or more accurately - the lack of it. 

A quick google hasn't produced much; was there such a series but it's no longer available? Or did they go directly to the B series? 


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#2 David Mullen ASC

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Posted 30 May 2017 - 06:37 PM

Generally a manufacturer doesn't label a first generation of anything as "A" or "1", etc. because that implies another improved generation is planned.  The first generation of anamorphic camera lenses by Panavision were called auto-panatars and were used from 1958 through the 1970's.  Not sure when the B-series came along, I heard that they were cannibalized to make the E-series (and don't know why there wasn't a D-series...)


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Posted 31 May 2017 - 09:20 AM

Thanks David, that makes sense. Time to do a little hisatory research on Panavision anamorphics! 


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Posted 31 May 2017 - 04:21 PM

There are still B series around Stephen Murphy used them a couple of years ago on a short he shot "Abdullah " Bill Pope used then on "The Worlds End " both shot in UK .


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#5 Stephen Gelb

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Posted 21 September 2017 - 10:16 AM

the first series were the "auto Panatar"..  large and clunky and mostly made with B&L cinemascope glass rehoused with the astigmatizers.. 


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