Shooting through the prism of the most advanced camera lenses

Camera lenses, used in conjunction with a camera system, are helping to turn every second into a long-lasting moment

Every picture tells a story. And behind every image captured by the camera, it is only completed with the lens — a transmissive optical device that brings the world into focus. Through the array of glass pieces within the lens, cinematographers are able to capture different types of shots — from portrait to panoramic photography — empowering them to add more creative control into digital cinematography.

The era of digital cinematography has brought forth the feature of large-format sensor. While a larger sensor generally provides higher resolution by including more pixels, it also has the potential to capture a wider range of colours and skin tones.

For instance, ARRI has introduced a complete camera system that is based on a large-format 4K/Ultra HD (UHD) version of the Alexa sensor. The camera package comprises the Alexa LF camera, ARRI Signature Prime lenses, LPL lens mount, and PL-to-LPL adapter.

Equipped with native 4K/UHD recording capability, the Alexa LF camera, according to ARRI, enables filmmakers to explore a large-format aesthetic while retaining the sensor’s natural colourimetry, “pleasing skin tones”, and suitability for high dynamic range (HDR) and wide colour gamut (WCG) workflows.

Accompanying the Alexa LF camera are 16 large-format ARRI Signature Prime lenses, ranging from 12mm-280mm and fitted with the ARRI LPL mount. Besides the ability to exemplify optical precision, the Signature Prime lenses is able to render “organic, emotionally engaging” images while “softening and texturising” the large format, said ARRI.

For the full story, read the APB May 2018 issue, which is available at

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