The Panavision Sphero Panatar Lens - Lawrence of Arabia

David Lean commissioned this 450mm T8 lens from Panavision just for the 5 “Mirage” shots of Omar Sharif emerging from the desert in Lawrence of Arabia. Panavision’s Tak Miyagishima and George Kraemer created the lens from scratch for DP Freddie Young to capture the iconic shots in this video. https://vimeo.com/groups/35mmandrisdamburs/videos/328993419The lens was used for only 5 shots in the film and has never been used in another movie since.


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