Rodney Charters talks to Stephan Schenk from Arri about the version 4.0 firmware that adds the 4:3 and Arri Raw licence and allows the Arri Alexa Mini to use anamorphic lenses. This means you can use the Mini alongside the full sized Alexa on anamorphic shoots for flexibility. On the lens front, the range of Arri/Zeiss Master anamorphic lenses now includes a wide 28mm and the long 180mm, making a set of nine prime lenses. These all feature the ability to add front and rear uncoated elements to provide varying levels of flare. The 28mm is a T1.9 and focuses to within 65cm of the lens, while the 180mm is a T2.8 and focuses down to 1.5m.
Also from Arri, there are two additions to the electronic control system range. The LCube Cub-1 converts the signal for the distance measurement to provide a readout on the WCU-4 Wireless Compact Unit. The C-motion made Cforce Plus is a larger focus motor giving more torque for control of larger lenses on the Arri Alexa Mini.