Atlas Lens Co Orion Series – Affordable Anamorphic Lenses

Atlas Lens Co has announced their Orion Series: a set of x2 Anamorphic lenses that are relatively affordable, are rated at T2 and offer plenty of controlled character.

Orion Series

New lenses were a bit of a theme at NAB 2017, with the Orion Series from Atlas Lens Co. right up there as one of the products that raised the most eyebrows. Like many other cost-effective aspects of filmmaking, affordable anamorphics have always been riddled with compromise, such as awkward lens mounts, funny front shapes, dual focus barrels, poor image quality, or a combination of all of those.

Paralinx founder Dan Kanes has a new partner and venture in Atlas Lens Co., and they’re aiming to stir things up in this sector by announcing three brand-new, cine-conformed x2 anamorphic lenses, with another more promised in the near future.

The Orion Series will first arrive in 40mm, 65mm and 100mm by the first quarter of 2018, with 32mm, 50mm and 80mm coming the following year.

All have a maximum aperture of T2, a 110mm front ring diameter and are suitable for image formats up to Alexa Open Gate.

These are x2 anamorphic lenses, and so are compatible with 4:3-enabled cameras and cameras with the capability to offer the required anamorphic extraction size (RED Dragon/Helium etc), not compatible with standard 16:9 as is the case with the SLR Magic 1.33x lenses.

The Orion Series will feature a user-interchangeable lens mount, offering both PL and Canon EF compatibility, which is very nice indeed.

Flares when you need them, not when you don’t

It’s clear that Atlas Lens Co. has aimed to produce a set of relatively affordable anamorphic lenses that have character in contrast and flare, without adding any distracting flaws.

Below is a lovely-looking test piece shot on ARRI Alexa Mini 4:3 with the 65mm Orion Anamorphic at T2.

Here is the same lens on the RED Weapon Helium at NAB for some more flare action.

A $4995.00 deposit will secure one Orion Series Anamorphic lens, while a $7,995.00 will secure three. A final payment of $10K for a total of $17,995.00 for the set means a whole $2k worth of savings if you pre-order.

Specification for the first three Atlas Lens Co. Orion Series Anamorphics:

Will this be your next set of lenses? Let us know in the comments below!

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Marshall Baker Reply
Marshall Baker May 4, 2017

Affordable is a tricky word.

John Wee Reply
John Wee May 4, 2017

Did you pre order Nino? :)

Nino Leitner Reply
Nino Leitner May 4, 2017


Brian Godsey Reply
Brian Godsey May 4, 2017

I’d be interested is pre ordering them once they have the final design and specs down, right now it sounds like a lot is up in the air.

Rama Dolman Reply
Rama Dolman May 4, 2017

Zac Gordon Daniel Di Franco Sean Finney but it ain’t no sigma art lol

Zac Gordon Reply
Zac Gordon May 5, 2017

110 front? Jesus… Means you are stuck with a matte box, but… Do able… Pl mount is the killer for me.

Rama Dolman Reply
Rama Dolman May 5, 2017

Who wouldn’t run with a mattebox? This ain’t no glidecam + kit lens on tour ting

Rama Dolman Reply
Rama Dolman May 5, 2017

Comes with PL and canon, in the article

Zac Gordon Reply
Zac Gordon May 5, 2017

Oh snap! I should have read better. I hate matte boxes :P even on set.

Rama Dolman Reply
Rama Dolman May 5, 2017

What da hell theyre the first thing I get on the hire list for Location haha

Zac Gordon Reply
Zac Gordon May 5, 2017

Good monitor for me :)

Rama Dolman Reply
Rama Dolman May 5, 2017

Mainly cause I always worked with reds that needed a IR filter back in the day haha before they put one in where the sensor is, then there’s the digicon filter too

Rama Dolman Reply
Rama Dolman May 5, 2017

The smaller the red LCD the better

Zac Gordon Reply
Zac Gordon May 5, 2017

Black mist or gtfo

Robert Halliday Jr. Reply
Robert Halliday Jr. May 4, 2017

Video sample looks better than slr magic’s anamorphic and for about the same price for 3 lenses from each brand.

Trevor Donovan Reply
Trevor Donovan May 5, 2017

Richard we need this an a Red.. a few days work should pay for it all 😳

Juango Jungla Reply
Juango Jungla May 5, 2017

Affordable my a#%

Ari Kirschenbaum May 5, 2017

I see this a lot -saying “compatible with 4:3 sensors only” – Unless part of Atlas’s gimmick here is somehow magically making their image circle only cover a 4:3 sensor.
2x stretch is a 2x stretch no mater the sensor. The pixels aren’t changing, you are stretching all your pixels by 2x on a 4:3 area of the sensor or a 16×9 area of the sensor. The important mesaurement of your sensor is height for anamorphic.
Anamorphic on a 16×9 sensor only means you are cropping out some of your picture to fit scope, however you can look at it some true horizontal flexibility for reframing options in editing.

To me, 5k-8k is not a good reframing solution for 2-4k, because the moment you use 5-8k in a 4k space you are losing definition in comparison to all your other shots that were scaled to fit in the 4k sequence. Unless you shot 5-8k with the purpose of reframing every shot, in which case you are again tossing picture information
I’ve never understood why people tout re-framing as a benefit of shooting 5-8k, to me the benefits of those rez’s are oversampling and future-proofing. Although since most things are still only finished in 2k and sometimes 4k, I wonder whether all these movies are being archived in the original rez.