Featuring 1:1 macro magnification, a consistent T2.9 aperture across the lens range and full-frame coverage that’s large enough to cover the upcoming wave of large-sensor cameras from corner to corner, the brand-new Raptor line of full-frame 100mm, 150mm and 180mm lenses was unveiled this last December at Band Pro’s annual holiday open house in Burbank. Band Pro is collaborating with the German manufacturer IB/E, who also co-developed the high-end ARRI Rental Prime 65 lenses, with the goal of designing and distributing a modern family of lenses that can accommodate not only 4K and HD, but also a hole that has been created in the market by using such large real estate at the sensor.All other things being equal, larger light-gathering abilities will translate to better image quality, hence the latest large-sensor models to come out. While the image circle isn’t quite large enough for the 65mm ARRI Alexa65 sensor at 54.12×25.58mm, Band Pro and IB/E have said that it’s large enough to blanket cameras end to end, like the 8K RED Weapon at 40.96×21.6mm, the Vista Vision at 25×37.7mm and, of course, 4K on full-frame 35mm sensors like those found in the mirrorless Sony a7 series. Capable of intensely shallow depth of field at a given aperture, the larger sensor will have a larger depth of field with that aperture at each focal length for much richer, shallower, highly characteristic focus. The Raptors are available in UMS PL mount, which stands for Universal Mount System. This means that the lens can be converted without tools for use as Nikon F, Canon EF, Micro Four Thirds and Sony E mount solutions for use with additional cams.
The IB/E-ARRI Prime 65 lenses are high end and rental only, and while similar in form and function, the Raptor line averages out to a mean cost of almost $13,000 for each less, roughly the same as the Leica Summicron-C lenses we looked at in the August issue, or about half the price point of equivalent focal lengths in the ARRI-Zeiss Master primes. Here’s hoping that some of that technology has trickled down into the Raptors, and with this kind of cost and such heavy hitters behind the design, I’m going to guess that the imaging quality is above average, to say the least. The lenses have been available for preorder and are slated for availability as of this summer, and as such, footage should be hitting the Internet presently*.
(*Look at that! Footage above! “Chef Phillip Foss shares the culinary techniques and underlying concepts behind his Michelin-starred restaurant: El Ideas. All images in this film captured with IB/E Optics Raptor macro prime lenses.” Director: Gary Adcock — Director of Photography: Randy Wedick)
The aperture across the board on these lenses is a decent range of T2.9-22. Internally, the aperture has nine iris blades for a very smooth, pleasing bokeh in the out-of-focus background elements. Externally, there are focus scales and also exposure compensation values for light loss nearer to the minimum close focusing distances. Close focus measures in at 0.31 meters, 0.38 meters and 0.47 meters by respective length. Also, respectively, the lenses weigh 3.3 pounds, 4.2 pounds and 6.4 pounds. Available as an option for metadata needs, the Raptors can have Cooke /i Technology and SDI Service Data Readout implemented for an additional cost. The APO Macro lenses are all true macro with full 1:1 ratio for life-sized image representations of the composition. APO is the company’s term for extended color correction through apochromatic lens elements that correct for color shift and aberration.
The barrel has an extended focus throw of 300 degrees. The 100mm and 150mm lenses are both 5.7 inches while the 180mm lens is 7.9 inches. All three have a matching front diameter of 95mm for filters, and, interestingly, the lenses have a consistent flange to iris distance, as well as the same for the focus ring. This all means a lot of time saved when swapping the lenses for follow focus or lens motor control. The focus and iris also have standard 0.8 gear pitch for using follow focus and focus whips easily across the set. No doubt new models in the Raptor line will be available by next April for NAB. List Price: $38,500 for the set. HDVP
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