ARRI UWZ Lenses Maximizes Wide Angles Like Never Before


Last Updated: April 4, 2014 5:38 pm GMT
(Las Vegas, Nevada--April 4, 2014) ARRI’s new Ultra Wide Zoom UWZ 9.5-18/T2.9 -- the first super wide-angle zoom lens for the professional cine market -- is available in May. This new mechanical design concept overcomes known performance problems with wide angle zooms. Boasting an unusually accommodating image circle at 34.5 mm, the optical performance of the UWZ is comparable to, or even exceeds, that of high-end wide-angle prime lenses. For maximum flexibility and cost efficiency on set, the UWZ can easily replace a complete range of wide-angle primes.

The UWZ’s telecentric optical design is optimized for modern digital sensors, as well as film mirror shutter cameras. The zoom was designed for 4K, 6K and even 8K
camera applications with no compromise in quality. It incorporates patented, cutting-edge lens technologies that overcome known problems with previous wide angle zooms.

Telecentric optical design of the UWZ allows a highly uniform field illumination, from the center to the very corners of the image. Built-in ARRI Lens Data System (LDS) functionality provides lens metadata as zoom, focus and aperture settings to make post workflows more efficient.

Optimized for VFX applications, the UWZ is ideal for plate shots or any situation where maximum image quality is vital. Distortion is at a level of less than 1% at 9.5 mm and less than 0.1% at 18 mm. Straight lines stay straight, even at close focus. Due to a new multilayer, anti-reflective coating, flare and veiling glare are reduced to an absolute minimum, while exchangeable matte box interfaces ensure adequate sun protection whether filters are used or not.

Shipping in May, the ARRI UWZ is listed a price of $50,900.

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About ARRI:
With headquarters located in Munich, Germany, Arnold and Richter Cine Technik (A&R) was founded in 1917 and is the world's largest manufacturer and distributor of motion picture camera, digital intermediate (DI) and lighting equipment. The ARRI Group comprises a global network of subsidiaries and partners that covers every facet of the film industry, including worldwide camera, grip and lighting equipment rental through ARRI Rental; turnkey lighting solutions through the ARRI System Group; lab services, postproduction and visual effects through ARRI Film & TV; and film distribution through ARRI Worldsales. Manufactured products include the ALEXA camera system and AMIRA documentary-style camera; Master Anamorphic lenses; L-Series LED and M-Series HMI lights; Pro Camera Accessories; and ARRISCAN archive technologies. The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has recognized ARRI’s engineers and their technical contributions with 18 Scientific and Engineering Awards.

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