8,000 cameras, lenses and accessories were used on Marvel's Shang-Chi

8,000 cameras, lenses and accessories were used on Marvel's Shang-Chi
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Almost 8,000 items of camera equipment were used to film the Marvel Studios mega hit, Shang-Chi and The Legend of The Ten Rings

The blockbuster entry in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, starring Simu Liu in the titular role of Shang-Chi, was shot by storied cinematographer Bill Pope – whose credits also include The Matrix and its first two sequels, The Matrix Reloaded and The Matrix Revolutions

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Pope went to Panavision to provide camera and lens package used on the production, which was predominantly filmed at Fox Studios Australia. Accordingly, Panavision Sydney outfitted the feature's main, second, visual effect and drone units with 7,934 items – including cameras, lenses, and a vast array of accessories. 

Pope – who previously worked on the pre-MCU Marvel hits, Spider-Man 2 and Spider-Man 3 – shot Shang-Chi on Panavised Arri Alexa LF and Mini LF digital cameras, on which Pope predominantly mounted Panavision Sphero 65 large-format lenses. 

"Featuring modern mechanics for ease of use and specialty coatings that make them less susceptible to flare and glare, the Sphero 65 optics offered the cinematographer a classic look with pleasing skin tones complemented by subtle aberrations and rounded out-of-focus properties," according to Panavision.

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James Artaius

The editor of Digital Camera World, James has 21 years experience as a journalist and started working in the photographic industry in 2014 (as an assistant to Damian McGillicuddy, who succeeded David Bailey as Principal Photographer for Olympus). In this time he shot for clients like Aston Martin Racing, Elinchrom and L'Oréal, in addition to shooting campaigns and product testing for Olympus, and providing training for professionals. This has led him to being a go-to expert for camera and lens reviews, photo and lighting tutorials, as well as industry news, rumors and analysis for publications like Digital Camera MagazinePhotoPlus: The Canon MagazineN-Photo: The Nikon MagazineDigital Photographer and Professional Imagemaker, as well as hosting workshops and talks at The Photography Show. He also serves as a judge for the Red Bull Illume Photo Contest. An Olympus and Canon shooter, he has a wealth of knowledge on cameras of all makes – and a fondness for vintage lenses and instant cameras.