An interview from the 2023 NAB Show in Las Vegas with Tim Smith of Band Pro Film & Digital. Founded in 1984 by President & CEO Amnon Band, Band Pro specializes in high end cine cameras & lenses; and is the preferred partner for production companies, rental houses, and owner-operators worldwide. In addition to the milestones below, Band Pro is a trusted reseller for over fifty top cine manufacturers.

The Angénieux Optimo Prime Series includes unique creative possibilities for cinematographers, based on a new technology by Angénieux called Integrated Optical Palette (IOP). The IOP technology, just like the IRO technology for the zooms, is the culmination of Angenieux’s well-known innovation capabilities.

Full frame Angenieux Optimo Primes stand alone among professional cinema glass as the only lenses designed to incorporate Integrated Optical Palette (IOP) technology. This new revolutionary lens design allows cinematographers to craft their own unique looks by combining IOP options as a painter adds hues to a brush. Optimo Primes IOP are comprised of Internal Filters, Iris Cartridges, and Rear Filter options. Combining one or more of these dramatically changes the overall look, while allowing the DP to be in complete creative control. Due to their unique position inside the lens, IOP Internal Filters craft new looks not possible with front or rear filtration alone. Equally unique is that this process is easily reversible, returning the lens to its original configuration within minutes.

Official Stage 1 IOP Options include: Internal Elements: Clear (Coated & Uncoated), Glimmerglass (1/4 & 1/8), Black Satin, Black Pro Mist, Low Contrast, . Iris Cartridge Options include 3-Blade and Oval (coming soon). Rear Filtration options will include key looks from Tiffen to provide an ever-expanding palette. Customized looks are available upon request. Band Pro will continue gathering client input to help select future IOP releases.

‘Make Believe’ is an 8K short film directed by ASC Technical Achievement Award-winner Sam Nicholson ASC and shot by DPs Randy Wedick, Eve Cohen & Richard Crudo ASC.

‘Make Believe’ was captured on Sony Venice 2 using Sony’s new Rialto 2 extension system, and lensed with full frame Angenieux Optimo Primes. Created in partnership with Sony, and shot entirely on Stargate Studios’ virtual LED stage, ‘Make Believe’ provides a compelling look at modern virtual production techniques combined with state-of-the-art camera & custom-look cinema lens technology.

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