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Hawk65 from Vantage Film


On February 9, 2015, Vantage Film announced three new sets of lenses for 65mm format. Since then, other products and pieces of the puzzle have come together. RED introduced the RED Weapon 8K camera, with its 21.60 x 40.96 mm sensor at NAB. ARRI announced an alliance of Alexa 65 with IMAX. I met with Peter Martin in Los Angeles. Peter is CEO of Vantage Film and leads technical development along with CEO Wolfgang Baumler.

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Big News: Hawk 65 Lenses


Vantage Film announced three new sets of lenses for 65mm format. Hawk65 Anamorphic Hawk65 Anamorphic Vintage’74 Hawk65 MAX for Imax They have all been designed from scratch for 65mm digital sensors. Of course, they will also cover any other format between 35mm – 65mm. Hawk65 Anamorphic includes prime lenses from 35 mm to 250 mm and front anamorphic zooms. Hawk65 Anamorphic Vintage ’74 is a version of the Hawk65 Anamorphics with lower contrast, flares, and creamy skin tones that create the signature aesthetic of the 1970s for 65mm large format sensors. Hawk65 MAX consists of several wide and medium angle lenses and has been developed for IMAX format and other giant screen applications. Many more details to follow–including an interview with Peter Martin of Vantage. No, they are not being developed with ARRI. Yes, they will fit the new ALEXA 65. Yes, they will be available in the same way as the current Hawk lenses–rental… read more…

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Vantage Expands


Vantage, the worldwide camera equipment rental house — as well as designer and manufacturer of Hawk Anamorphic Lenses — is growing rapidly. They are simultaneously expanding their Prague, Paris, and Berlin branches, as well as headquarters in Weiden.  Each expansion will add much needed space for current and future growth,  providing customers with even more spacious, state-of-the-art camera check-out areas and facilities. We visited the under-construction Paris facilities 2 weeks ago, and caught up with Peter Märtin and Wolfgang Bäumler, Executive Directors, at Micro Salon in Paris on Feb 8. Peter said, “Our products and our service are world class, and our expansion allows us to continue that tradition wherever our customers need us.” Paris Paris is Vantage’s newest location and is situated in the northern media district, La Plaine St. Denis, with customer on-site parking and large loading docks. The loft-style building is light, spacious, and comfortable. Although the French office has only… read more…

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Vantage One T1 Spherical Primes


The Hawk guys are at Camerimage introducing an eye-popping set of new spherical T1 prime lenses called Vantage One. T1! There are nine Vantage One  lenses in the set: 17.5, 21, 25, 32, 40, 50, 65, 90 and 120 mm, all T1, and all close-focusing. “It’s the result of our experience over the past 20 years building Hawk anamorphics, and we’ve been learning every day,” Peter Märtin told me. “Now that a lot of other  companies are joining us in their appreciation of the anamorphic format, what do we do? We build a new set of Spherical Prime Lenses.” Most cinematographers are familiar with the company’s two brands. Vantage is the mother ship, the rental house headquartered in Weiden, Germany—about 90 minutes northeast of Munich—with offices in Paris, Prague and Berlin. Vantage builds Hawk anamorphic lenses. And now, Vantage is building Vantage One T1 spherical lenses. Summary: most Hawks are… read more…

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Vintage Vantage Anamorphic


We’ve heard much about anamorphic and vintage lenses lately. Why not combine both? HAWK VINTAGE´74 Anamorphic 2x lenses were shown at Cinec a few weeks ago. The set currently includes V-Lite 28, 35, 45, 55 ,65, 80, 110, and 140 mm — with more to come. The new Hawk Vintage ’74 lenses provide the lower contrast, chromatic characteristics and flares of older, 1970s anamorphic lenses—with precise, modern mechanics and the sharpness and consistency of  current, modern Hawk lenses. Cinematographers who seek the signature 1970s look, complete with low contrast, flares, color aberrations and other “flaws,” can now achieve that look with lenses that incorporate state-of-the-art optics and mechanics that work seamlessly with the latest accessories. Peter Martin and Wolfgang Baumler, Managing Directors of Vantage, explained, “We understand that these so-called defects are tools used by cinematographers to subtly communicate a certain feeling or mood to the audience. For example, some… read more…

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Hawk Anamorphic Zooms


Vantage Film showed 5 Hawk Anamorphic Zoom Lenses at Cinec last month: 2x Anamorphic Zooms Hawk V-Plus 2x Squeeze Front Anamorphic Zooms V-Plus 45-90 mm T 2.8 – T 16 V-Plus  80-180 mm T 2.8 – T 16 These are “traditional” 2x squeeze anamorphic lenses for viewing a 2.40:1 aspect ratio image from a 1.20:1 squeezed original (usually on a 4:3 sensor or aperture). Anamorphic 2x is the format traditionally associated with classic oval bokehs. But many anamorphic zooms previously lacked these oval out-of-focus highlights. That’s because many earlier zooms put the anamorphic cylinders in the back, behind the spherical elements, to keep the size manageable. Most classic anamorphic primes put the cylinders in front. The new Hawk Front Anamorphic Zoom Lenses put the anamorphic elements in front of the spherical ones. The resulting image displays all the anamorphic blur, shallow depth of field, elliptical highlights, streaks and flares, geometric curvature and… read more…

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Vantage Invests € 7 Million in R&D


Vantage Film announced that they are investing € 7 Million in development of new lenses and tools. This represents the largest expansion in the company’s 20 year history. Owners Peter Martin and Wolfgang Baumler confirmed today that Vantage Film’s latest investment will allow the company to expand its capacity in research, development, design, production, manufacturing and distribution of their Hawk motion picture lens systems. This is not coming from outside private equity–financing is within the company. The result of this infusion of funds  will be the debut of several new series of lenses, new zoom lenses, and new optical tools. The new products to roll out of Weiden, Germany will include new models of  Vantage’s signature Hawk anamorphic lenses. Peter said, “We will introduce new lenses with specifications as yet unseen in the industry. There will also be the first completely new series of lenses specifically taylored to exploit the opportunities and… read more…

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Hawk Anamorphic 45-90mm T2.8

Vantage Film, the designer and manufacturer of Hawk Lenses, premiered their lightweight, compact Hawk Anamorphic 45-90mm T2.8 zoom lens at Cine Gear Expo. It will be available in both 2x and 1.3x squeeze (2x for 4:3 and 4-perf image areas; and 1.3x for 16:9 and 3-perf image areas). The anamorphic element is in front. The zoom lens weighs a mere 4.5 kg, focuses to 2’6″ and is 220 mm long. The front diameter is 125 mm.          

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