Schneider Cinelux Premiére Design Team Wins Academy’s Technical Achievement Award

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Fourth such Award for Schneider recognizes the superior performance of the world’s only aspheric, variable iris cinema projection lens.

The Schneider Optics design team took a familiar walk to the stage at the Beverly Hilton tonight, to receive the company’s fourth Technical Achievement Award for film projection lenses from the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.

In recognition for their work on the Schneider Cinelux Première line of lenses for motion picture projection, Optical Designers Udo Schauss and Hildegard Ebbesmeier, and Mechanical Designers Nicole Wemken and Michael Anderer gathered onstage to receive their well-deserved award.

Cinelux Première lenses are the industry’s first aspheric lenses for motion picture projection to feature a variable iris. Tests have shown that the Cinelux Première, which features an adjustable f1.7 relative aperture, projects up to 40 percent more light than a standard f2 lens, while producing images with superb uniform edge-to-edge illumination, greater depth-of-field, rich color saturation and ultra-high contrast.

Their aspheric construction enables Cinelux Première lenses to provide high MTF image projection at maximum aperture, while their unique continuously variable iris enables users to easily achieve optimal screen illumination when changing film formats from Widescreen (1.85) to CinemaScope (2.39), without the need to purchase the expensive lamphouse motorized autofocus devices that are often used with ordinary lenses in an effort to maintain constant illumination between formats.

“The Technical Achievement Award is given for accomplishments that contribute to the progress of the industry, and we’re honored that the Academy recognized that Cinelux Première lenses are just such an advance in technology,” said Schneider Optics CEO Dwight Lindsey. “Our testing, and testing by cinemas and by the Academy, has clearly shown that these lenses provide a new dimension in cinema design, with an unmatched ability to project a superior image on any screen.”

Schneider Optics introduced the first lenses in the Cinelux Première line in 2002. In 2005, Schneider completed the line, which now includes 22 lenses in focal lengths

ranging from 32.5 mm to 85mm in 2.5mm steps (90mm, 95mm, and 100mm are in development).

Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Scientific and Technical Awards are given for devices, methods, formulas, discoveries or inventions of special and outstanding value to the arts and sciences of motion pictures, and that also have a proven history of use in the motion picture industry. The Technical Achievement Award is given for those accomplishments that contribute to the progress of the industry. Schneider is a leading manufacturer and distributor of optics. In addition to their world-leading cinema projection lenses, Schneider provides their world-renowned filters for motion picture production, and a wide range of lenses, filters and accessories for photographic and industrial uses.

The Schneider lens factory in Bad Kreuznach, Germany, has been constantly upgraded since opening in 1913 and is registered ISO9001, the highest such global quality standard. For more information, contact Schneider Optics, Inc., 285 Oser Avenue, Hauppauge, New York, 11788. TEL: +1 631-761-5000; FAX: +1 631 761-5090; or visit http://www.schneideroptics.com.

Editor please note: Two high resolution digital photos are attached: 1) Schneider Cinelux Premier lenses 2) Optical Designers Udo Schauss and Hildegard Ebbesmeier, and Mechanical Designers Nicole Wemken and Michael Anderer onstage to receive their well-deserved award.

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