HAWK V-LITE VINTAGE '74 ANAMORPHIC

28mm, 55mm, 80mm, 110mm

ABOUT

About the Hawk V-Lite Vintage `74 Anamorphics

BY: MARK LaFLEUR

The Hawk V-Lite Vintage ’74 primes are made in Germany by Vantage Film. The ‘74s have the same mechanical and optical design as the industry leading V-Lites, but with coatings that are reminiscent of anamorphic lenses from the 1970s. They deliver the lightweight, reliability and performance of the popular V-Lites, but with more vintage character that is especially noticeable when strong light sources flare the lenses.
"The Hawk V-Lite '74s have all the telltale characteristics of anamorphic. Some of the more modern anamorphic lenses that we have don't retain a lot of characteristics, but Hawk gives you the kitchen sink."
Kyle Stryker, Director of Photography

SPECS

Notable Films and TV: Bridge of Spies, Fear the Walking Dead, John Wick, Keanu, The November Man
Focal Length
28mm
55mm
80mm
110mm
Max Aperture
T2.2
T2.2
T2.2
T3.1
Min. Focus Distance
3' 3"
3' 3"
3' 3"
3' 3"
Weight
4.6 lbs
4.4 lbs
5 lbs
5.7 lbs
Front Diameter
120mm
104mm
104mm
104mm

STATS & DOWNLOADS

  • Origin: Germany
  • Year: 2012
  • Lens Type: Prime
    Squeeze Factor: 2x
    Anamorphic Type: Front
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    REVIEWS

    Kyle Stryker
    Lens Test Director of Photography

    I really love these lenses because they have great housing that are very user-friendly and the optics let you go really far creatively. I think this set offers the most trademark qualities of anamorphic in one place. They have a pleasing ghosting effects when looking towards bright highlights.  They are much more low contrast that more modern lenses. When wide open, the distortion gets very soft on the edges and creates a very unique effect. The flaring has some very interesting rainbow angelic halo type of effects that are quite interesting. I really love this set, but it is crucial to know what what kind of environment you will be shooting in and at what stop to get the best result.

    Mark LaFleur
    Lens Test Director, Cinematographer and Owner of Old Fast Glass

    One name that has quickly become synonymous with “anamorphic,” is Hawk. Vantage Film has been making stunning anamorphic lenses for quite a while now. They started out by rehousing Lomo Round Fronts to make their C-Series primes. The C-Series make gorgeous images but they have aging mechanics and some of the lenses are quite large. Fast-forward to the present and the Hawk V-Lites have become the first choice for many of the biggest DPs in the game. They are fast, sharp, but they still have classic distortion and lens flares, and they are extremely lightweight and compact, especially the wide and medium focal lengths.

    For our test we chose the V-Lite Vintage ’74 primes. These ’74 primes were created because of the demand for lenses that had more of a vintage feel. They are still sharp and have enough contrast, but they flare more easily than the standard V-Lites and have slightly less contrast. The recipe is really nice. Similarly to the Cooke SF primes, the Vintage ‘74s benefit from modern designs and manufacturing techniques but still have a lot of the vintage characteristics that DPs want. It’s hard to find any flaws with V-Lites, other than heavier focus breathing than some of the other lenses we tested.

    Christopher Probst
    Cinematographer

    The Vantage/Hawk Vintage ‘74 lenses are the same optical design as standard V-Lite lenses, but with changes made to the coatings applied to help encourage a prescribed degree of flare to the anamorphic elements in the lenses. While they do flare more than standard V-Lites, their flares have a slightly different feel than actual anamorphic lenses from the 70s or 80s. That said, they do have their charms and with many focal lengths to choose from in the set and modern mechanics, these lenses are a nice choice for their ruggedness and ease of use. Some of the wide lenses do have some focus fall-off on the top and bottom of the frame to look out for, but that shouldn’t be a deal breaker.

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    LENS PROJECTION TESTS

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    Notes From The Projection Room

    BY: JORGE DIAZ-AMADOR

    Hawk lenses are produced by Vantage Film in Germany. The set of lenses we tested was unique: A set of HAWK V-Lite primes with the Vintage ’74 coatings. These lenses exhibited consistent performance throughout the set. They have moderate contrast and resolution, possibly as a result of the vintage coatings.
    Projection scores range from .01 to 1.00

    TEST SETTINGS

    • ARRI Alexa Mini 4:3 (Open Gate)
    • 2.39 Aspect Ratio
      2.8K
    • Log C
    • ISO - 500
    • White Balance - 3200K
    • Lighting - Incandescent
    • ProRes 422 HQ
      No Color Grading
    • No Sharpening
    *Exposure Compensated by Adjustments to Shutter Only
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