The Oscar-winning cinematographer Guillermo Navarro (a deserved multiple award-winner for Pan’s Labyrinth) is using Angénieux Optimo zoom lenses for his latest project, Pacific Rim.
It “is my first digital movie and since the weight of the camera is so light, I can use the 15-40 zoom on the Steadicam, which I am using every day,” he said. “The door has really been opened for me to use the close focusing 15-40 as well as the 28-76 as hand-held or Steadicam lenses.”
Navarro, who also worked on the films I Am Number Four and The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn, is a long-time user of Angénieux lenses, owning multiple sets. The Optimos, including the 15-40mm, 17-80mm, 28-76mm and 24-290mm, are his zoom lenses of choice and were used every day while shooting Breaking Dawn-Part 1 and Part 2.
“The Optimos are my first choice in approaching the story I’m telling because they are such a loyal translator of my vision,” he said. “For me, they are literally the most important pieces of equipment, along with the camera. What I see with my eyes is perfectly translated by the lens and, because of its truthfulness, either the film gets printed with that or, if it’s digital, the media registers very, very accurately what I’m intending to do.”