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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 PSU-3X HD Digital Video Assist


Vantage Film’s new PSU-3X records video streams from as many as 4 cameras at once. It can play back 2 separate takes while simultaneously displaying all 4 cameras on its high quality touch-screen. Simultaneous recording and playback saves time and money, whether you’re shooting with a single camera or multiple ones. 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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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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Visiting Vantage Film


[nggallery id=12] In the middle ages, the “Golden Street” was a major road between Paris and Prague, by way of Nurnberg. One of the major stops was Weiden–home of Vantage Film. That’s apt, since Vantage has offices in Prague and Paris, with headquarters in Weiden–about 2 hours north of Munich, 2 hours west of Prague, 3 hours south of Berlin. Albert Rath, Vantage lens technician, picked me up in Munich on Wednesday for a visit to Vantage. In the back seat was a large box with a Cooke logo, “The Cooke Look” printing, and a brand new set of Cooke Panchro/i primes inside. It was going to be a busy lens day. Also converging on Weiden were Gerhard Baier of Leica CW Sonderoptic and Rainer Hercher of Band Pro to deliver Vantage’s new set of Leica Summilux-C cine lenses. Did I mention in an earlier post that it felt like… read more…


35mm 4-perf Film Anamorphic 1.3x 16:9


Sebastien Gonon reports from Paris about shooting a major campaign of shampoo commercials on 35mm film (Kodak Vision3) with ARRI 435 cameras using anamorphic lenses (Hawk V-Lite 1.3x squeeze). Vantage Paris supplied the camera and lens package.  The concept was atmosphere and mood: girl walking, meeting a guy, a hug, beauty, Paris. To help define the look, agency, client and the creative team looked at fashion photographs. The ones they liked had oval bokehs—oblong out of focus highlights. Anamorphic. Sebastien Gonon was the cinematographer. They decided on 1.3x squeeze Hawk Anamorphics, shooting  on  Kodak Vision3 250D and 500T film, with a 4-perf, full frame anamorphic 1.37:1 aperture. The end result would be television spots, which on most screens worldwide is 1.78:1 (16:9). The math works nicely: 1.3 x 1.37 = 1.78. Sebastien said, “1.3x anamorphic looks different. It falls off out of focus faster than spherical. It’s contrasty but smoother,… 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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