Beyond 35mm: Vantage Has Introduced Anamorphic Lenses for 65mm Cameras

Hawk65 Anamorphic Lenses
If you're shooting on cameras with giant formats like IMAX or the ALEXA 65, there aren't a whole lot of lens options out there.

And for 65mm, there aren't really any anamorphic options. While Super 35mm and smaller formats have lots of options (and more everyday), when you get to these larger formats, many of them are simply rehoused still glass, not necessarily designed with the newest technology specifically for cinema. That's why Vantage, makers of the fantastic Hawk anamorphics, has just announced some mouth-watering lenses on paper:

Vantage felt that newly designed glass was needed to meet the potential that the 65mm format provides. We have taken great care, the appropriate amount of time, and significant investment to create innovative optical calculations combined with original designs that are tailor made for each new series and, thus, provide the filmmaking community with completely new anamorphic opportunities. Development has been underway for more than a year, and all three series are already being manufactured. The initial core sets will be available later this year.

  • Hawk65 Anamorphic includes prime lenses from 35mm to 250mm and front anamorphic zooms, providing cinematographers with that true 65mm large format Scope look.
  • 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®film format and other giant screen applications.

It seems like these would be 2X, but it's not entirely clear if they'll have multiple versions of each series with different squeeze factors. It's interesting that they've continued their Vintage series into the 65mm lenses, so depending on the look you're going for, you'll have more options. There isn't any more information or sample footage, and we don't know what these are going to rent for, but you can be sure they won't be cheap. Regardless, Vantage makes some fantastic products, and Jon Fauer at FDTimes has said they will work with the ALEXA 65 (and he's got an interview with more info coming up). 

If you're wondering what Hawks on Super 35mm look like, we've got some samples. Here's a test of a bunch of anamorphics from :

A 2X Hawk Vintage anamorphic test from :

There are tons of movies that have used the Hawks, but most recently John Wick was shot on the Vintage series lenses:

Autómata also recently used 1.3X Hawks:

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Great video, showing off all the different settings. I think the Hawk's look good on a constant focal length, but when the rack's come in they look positively awful compared to the Cooke anamorphic smooth and more natural looking transitions...the distortion effect is very noticeable and ugly to my eyes.

February 13, 2015 at 4:31AM, Edited February 13, 4:31AM

Patrick Hoelscher

why there's no "direct anamorphic lens" ? like, all the options i've seen you have to attach in front of another lens, and all the implications it brings, why there's no such thing as a 50mm anamorphic ef mount?

February 13, 2015 at 10:10AM


I really love the Hawks, we got to DI John Wick and I even like the surreal breathing off the rack focuses on the wides, it breathes really nice on the longer focal. I also like the chromatic abrasion on this lens and other lenses can be too sharp for digital for my taste. I know the only real concern they had to account for on set was the wides were not as fast us other lenses.

February 13, 2015 at 11:09AM, Edited February 13, 11:09AM

Homer Gaijin
Director/DP - DI Supervisor at Panavision

Traditionally, anamorphic lenses for 65mm are a 1.25X squeeze, and from 5 perf 65mm that creates an aspect ratio of 2.75/1. Very wide but the sides could easily be cropped.

February 13, 2015 at 12:20PM, Edited February 13, 12:19PM

Peter Phillips

I would guess 1.3x on these lenses. 65mm film has a 2.20:1 aspect ratio, and Ultra Panavision 70 used 1.25x anamorphic lenses for a 2.75:1 ratio. If it gets much wider than that, it's going to get awkward to project it without custom screens, and even weirder to try to fit it on a TV. The Alexa 65 is 16:9, so 1.3x anamorphic would get you to a standard scope frame, which seems like people would like, and they could shoot film or crop slightly to get the Ultra Panavision look.

This is going to open up a lot of cool options for big films. Tarantino is shooting Hateful Eight in Ultra Panavision, so people may be about to get really excited for this format.

February 13, 2015 at 12:51PM, Edited February 13, 12:51PM