We’re a modern anamorphic cinema lens maker on a mission to democratize cinematography.
We started Atlas Lens Co. with two goals in mind: To create the lenses that we wanted to use for our own films, while making them accessible to more cinematographers and image-makers everywhere.
Headquartered in Burbank, CA, we design and manufacture affordable, high-performance cinema tools that deliver vintage anamorphic aesthetics with the conveniences of modern mechanical design. Our lenses are designed to empower innovative image-makers to bring their visions to life.
Rebels with an optical cause
In 2016, we — lead designer Forrest Schultz and cinematographer Dan Kanes — started out in a garage with the goal of designing an anamorphic lens from the ground up. Our vision was to create professional-grade cinema lenses that were balanced and robust, yet accessible and affordable to more people.
We unveiled our first 65mm Orion Series prototype at NAB 2017. The demand has exceeded even our own expectations, since there still aren’t many viable options in the market for an affordable, professional-grade, anamorphic solution.