The Panaflex Millennium XL

Panavision has also introduced the Panaflex Millennium XL2 35mm camera. The Panaflex Millennium became Panavision’s flagship camera when it was introduced in 1999, and now the enhanced XL2 camera represents the most significant sustained engineering project in company history. New features include a higher top speed of 50 fps, a new high-performance video assist for brighter and sharper video, a choice of viewfinder image sizes in studio mode, and a simplified film-threading path.

The Panaflex Millennium XL2 can be converted from hand-held to steadicam to studio mode within seconds, with no tools required. Using the included video viewfinder provides additional options within hand-held mode. The film path utilizes a dual sprocket, which allows for easy threading and loop setting.

Separate drive motors for the movement and shutter allow in-shot timing adjustments for special effect streak shots.
As expected, the Millennium movement is quiet, steady and virtually maintenance free. Familiar Panaflex features such as Panaglow, Panaclear and behind-the-lens filter have been retained.

Key features on the Panaflex Millennium XL2 include a speed range of 3-50 fps, crystal speed control, selectable in 1/1000-of-a-frame increments; in-shot variable 11.2-180 degree shutter; dual full-fitting registration pins, full-speed rotating reflex mirror; behind-the-lens filter; detachable, dual-sided front display panel; rear operator panel for speed and shutter setting with full display and connectors for remote operation; dual sprocket design for quick threading and looping; internal servo motor control electronics for focus, T-stop and zoom; focus, T-stop and zoom connectors in faceplate; wired or wireless remote control; iris rod bracket with 24VDC power connectors; separate remote control for timed speed shutter compensated shots; 200’, 400’ and 1000’ magazines; on-board battery; easy Super 35 conversion; dual drive motors for shutter and movement, easily re-timed for effects and 3- or 4-perf conversion.

The improved viewfinder has an easily detachable viewing system for quick conversion to hand-held, can be used in either steadicam or studio mode, has a five-inch video viewfinder that attaches in place of the viewfinder, allows for multiple positioning, incorporates a front-to-back adjustment for camera balance, utilizes the Millennium studio viewfinder system including the telescoping extension eyepiece, and the ground glass can be replaced with a clear format screen for higher performance video on steadicam or crane shots.

Panavision Genesis - digital camera

The Panavision Genesis is the first film-style, fully portable, digital imaging camera that utilizes all existing spherical 35mm lenses, including Primo primes and zooms and support gear. The Genesis contains a Super 35mm-sized sensor and also has a 35mm depth-of-field equivalent. The size, weight and ergonomics are similar to existing Panavision 35mm cameras.

Features include speeds up to 50 fps, utilization of many existing cine accessories, and a dockable Sony SRW-1 VTR that virtually eliminates the use of cables. The docking recorder travels on the top and rear of the camera to simulate the look and feel of the Panaflex.

Other features include full bandwidth, dual link 4:4:4 HDSDI outputs, single 4:2:2 HDSDI monitor output, dual viewfinder outputs, fiber optic camera adaptor, integrated lens control, camera control via Panavision RDC or Sony MSU, RMB series controllers, and digital lateral chromatic aberration compensation for improved visual effects cinematography.

The Genesis also boasts a 12.4 megapixel, true RGB sensor, and 10-bit log per colour output.
The new camera is based on Sony’s CCD technology, is designed jointly by Sony and Panavision, and will be manufactured at Panavision’s Woodland Hills, Calif., facility.

by Frédéric-Gérard Kaczek AAC

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