ARRI’s Anamorphic Ultra Wide Zoom AUWZ 19-36/T4.2 is a unique lens that perfectly complements the Master Anamorphics by extending the range to cover extreme wide-angle focal lengths between 19 mm and 36 mm, without any sacrifice in image quality. The telecentric optical design of the AUWZ means that it has highly uniform field illumination, from the center to the very corners of the image. Focus breathing is virtually non-existent, distortion is kept to an absolute minimum and straight lines stay straight, even at close focus. The cutting-edge lens technologies built into the AUWZ render an inverted image at the sensor plane – a side-effect of the unique design that is overcome with the simple press of a button on most high-end digital cinema cameras.
With a minimum object distance just beyond the front lens element, the AUWZ allows dramatic and highly emotive anamorphic close-ups that simply haven’t been possible before. Flares, which are very well controlled by the multilayer, anti-reflective lens coating, generate a creaminess around highlights that gives night shots an ethereal and magic quality. Built-in ARRI Lens Data System (LDS) functionality provides precise lens metadata for zoom, focus and aperture settings, simplifying complex shot-making on set and smoothing visual effects workflows in post.
I have found the AUWZ to be a perfect complementary tool to the Master Anamorphics. With it I can shoot extreme wide angles whilst maintaining consistent backgrounds and undistorted horizons.
Cinematographer Matias Boucard (Credits include work on: Commercials for global brands, such as Nike, Orange, Chanel, Paco Rabanne and many more)
Super 35 Cinemascope
Entrance pupil position
(from image plane)
Sensor size (mm)
22.5 x 18.7
Image circle (mm)
Focal length 19 mm
Focal length 24 mm