An uncommon way to use the Chrosziel LCS products was applied by Schneider-Kreuznach. The team used the Chrosziel Magnum not only for focus but also for tilt pulling. Dr. Michael Schottner Technical Product Manager Photo/Cine explains: “Together with our new patented lenses we tested if the Magnum and the other Chrosziel products will also be suitable for tilt pulling. In sum: everyone who worked with it was very satisfied.”

During the tests, Andreas Wanner – a German Camera Operator/DP – supported Schneider-Kreuznach as well. After his studies in Media Technology, TV Productions and TV Technology in Germany and Wales he focuses on outdoor/adventure films, small commercials and music videos. Andreas already worked with companies like Red Bull and many European athletes. Besides he is trusted advisor for Schneider Kreuznach.

Andreas adds: “It was a great pleasure for me being part of the product development. As a Camera Operator and DP I could bring in the user POV. It was exciting making all the tests to see what the potentials of the new lens are. Working with the Chrosziel Magnum was amazing. The handling was very easy and the control signals were implemented instantaneous and precisely.”

According to Michael the new Schneider-Kreuznach lens systems are the first products ever that use the standard focus pulling equipment for tilting as well. “The best thing is that the user won’t have to accept any disadvantages compared to standard film lenses. In principle, the only difference is that the user has now two adjusting possibilities instead of just one: focus and tilt.”, says Michael. “He or she can use our equipment in the same way he or she is used to be – everything else works as usual. Furthermore, the image segment remains constant even if the tripod mount is fixed on the lens side.”

During the tests, besides the manual lens control systems Schneider-Kreuznach used also the Magnum motorized with two motors and controlled by one hand unit wirelessly. Michael elaborates: “During the shoot we used the (aperture) slider of the Magnum Hand Unit for tilt control also and set the same markings and stops. Since markings for focus and tilt adjustment are usually used for the same time points, simultaneous operation of both channels during a setting is also possible. It worked very well and precisely. For scenes that require a very sensitive setting of both degrees of freedom, a second rotating wheel or a second Hand Unit may perhaps have been even better for a separate ‘tilt puller’ – but for our scenes in the test, one device was more than enough.”

Because the new degree of freedom offers unprecedented and fascinating new possibilities for many users, Schneider has already developed an app, which provides guidance on the new possibilities of displacement at the plane of focal. Michael says: “My wish for the future is that it would be awesome if the wireless position signals of the Magnum could also be transmitted directly via Bluetooth to a tablet or mobile phone. Also, it would be very nice if it would appear on a future Chrosziel MagNum equipped with a graphics-capable display. Overall the Chrosziel products worked very well as ‘tilt puller’.”

The Schneider Group specializes in developing and producing high-Performance  lenses for film and photo, cinema projection lenses, as well as industrial optics and precision mechanics. The company’s main brand “Schneider-Kreuznach” stands for state-of-the-art technology from Germany. The group has been a world market leader in the field of high-performance lenses for many years.