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The Ultra 16 lenses are the perfect companions to the Super 16 cameras, such as the ARRIFLEX 416.Add to kit list
The Super 16 Renaissance
Continuous advances in lenses, film stock and postproduction technologies have elevated the Super 16 film format to new levels of image quality and production efficiency. Super 16 is now routinely used for standard and high definition television productions, feature films, commercials and documentaries, and with stunning results. By shooting Super 16, productions gain many of the advantages of shooting film - the film look, its unsurpassed exposure latitude, natural colour reproduction, variable camera speeds, ramps, proven archivability and the fact that film is the only globally accepted standard format - at affordable production costs. The small size and light weight of Super 16 equipment has the extra benefit of easy portability for fast-paced production environments
The speed of the new Ultra 16 lenses is a super fast T1.3, which allows the creation of a shallow depth of field, a look that is often sought after in other formats. Especially for wide angle lenses in Super 16, a maximum aperture of T1.3 helps in creating a cinematic look. In addition, T1.3 facilitates shooting on tight lighting budgets or under a lot of time pressure, common in TV drama or independent feature films. The fast speed is one of the outstanding features of these new lenses, unmatched by any other Super 16 cine lens.
Fast lenses are nothing new, but cinematographers used to pay dearly for highspeed with reduced optical performance and a greater propensity to flaring. The Ultra 16 lenses, like the Master Primes, change all that by combining fast speed with outstanding optical performance at all T-stops across the whole focus range. This previously unattainable goal was made possible through new manufacturing techniques, the use of exotic glass materials and large diameter aspherical and radically shaped spherical glass surfaces. The Ultra 16 lenses exhibit high contrast, high resolution, almost no chromatic aberration (colour fringes) and a great resistance to flaring. They are designed as close focus lenses, and so retain their outstanding optical qualities even at minimum object distances. Incorporating aspherical glass surfaces in a lens design requires ultra-high precision in manufacturing and a complex holographic measuring process which was developed specifically for the Master Primes, now benefiting all new ARRI lens designs. The aspherical glass surface located close to the iris inside the 12, 14, 18and 25 mm Ultra 16 lenses helps in reducing spherical aberration (the inability to focus all light rays from a point source onto a point on film). The aspherical front surface of the 6, 8 and 9.5 mm keeps the image free of geometrical distortions; straight lines stay straight, from infinity to close focus.
T* XP Anti Reflex Coating
The new T* XP multi-layer anti-reflex coating reduces flares and internal reflections and creates a pleasing, gentle colour balance. Compared to conventional coatings it has a better transmission and a more uniform performance from optical centre all the way to the edges, resulting in higher contrast and deeper, richer blacks. The lens' internal construction in combination with the T* XP coating ensures that they can easily handle tricky lighting situations like strong backlight, sunsets or car headlamps. The round iris opening leads to organic looking, pleasing out-of-focus highlights, and careful optical design ensures only minimal breathing. Radical Spherical Lens Surfaces Old-style wide angle lenses are usually larger than their longer companions. The 6, 8 and 9.5 mm Ultra 16 lenses, however, have a revolutionary small formfactor. This is made possible through a large diameter aspherical surface on the front and a radically shaped spherical surface with a very strong curvature on the inside. Radical spherical surfaces are cutting edge technology; they are difficult to grind, tricky to polish and demand precise attention during coating. Mastering these manufacturing techniques brings the reward of incomparable optical performance at substantially reduced weight.
Ultra 16 Lenses Match Perfectly
Like all other modern ARRI lenses, the Ultra 16 lenses have been Super Colour Matched. Their optical characteristics and colour balance are not only optimized for a pleasing colour balance on modern film stocks, but they are also precisely matched to each other and the other ARRI lenses. The Ultra 16 lenses can be easily intercut with Master Primes, Ultra Primes, Variable Primes and the Light weight Zoom LWZ-1, so the cinematographer is able to concentrate on creating a look rather than matching lenses in post. Lens Ergonomics
All Ultra 16 lenses are of the same size, and have matching focus and iris barrel positions for fast and comfortable usage on the set. All nine also have the same95 mm front diameter as the Ultra Primes.
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