Euro Media Group’s recent live recording of the BNP Paribas Tennis Masters in Paris was delivered using two PL mount Angénieux lenses. The Optimo 28-340 and the Optimo 15-40 were used on four Sony F55 cameras.
“We used the lenses on the camera 5 which was in the stand in ‘beauty’ position,” commented Ronald Meyvisch, new technology officer at Euro Media Group. “We first put the 15-40 to have a ‘beauty’ shot of Bercy. Then we replaced it with the 28-340 to have better rendering from the camera at this spot. At 28mm, we still had a nice ‘beauty’ shot and the 340mm focal length allowed us to take tele shots of players. Having a wide-angle zoom lens until 340mm increases the opportunities of a camera spot giving us much more diversity in shots.”
He continued: “As we worked in 4K, cinema lenses have a superior quality. Since the final result is shown on larger screens than 65-inch home screens or those of cinema theatres, the simple fact to have less chromatic aberrations brings a lot to the pictures. The precision of a PL mount allows easier changes of lenses during shootings since the disadvantage of the back-focus, well-known with the B4 mount TV lenses, is reduced.”
Meyvisch described the difficulties in capturing the tennis match: as it is a quick game, keeping focus on players was an issue. “In shooting sports with a large sensor camera, the depth of field is a parameter we need to be very careful with. Thanks to good lighting and the sensitivity of the Sony F55 camera, we could work with an aperture of 8 which helped us to have sharp pictures,” he said.
Angénieux lenses were also used in 4K recordings earlier this year. Working with Euro Media Group United, a Muse concert was captured in 4K and released in cinemas across the world. Meyvisch concluded, “we have many other projects in preparation in sports as well as in entertainment fields (concerts, operas).”